KRISTINA DIXON, RCC
Compassionate, heart-centred work with children, families, and individuals.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a passion for working with Children, Youth, and Families. I work with people to discover their inner strengths and capacities, supporting development of individual and family skills that can create lasting, positive change.
OUR WORK TOGETHER
My philosophy centres around emotion and expression. In our work together I may use play and creative expression, emotionally focused therapy, attachment, and family systems approaches.
Counselling can help people facing many different issues including stress, trauma, anxiety, substance use, mental health concerns including anxiety and depression, relationships, family life, life transitions, divorce, parenting, and finding emotional well-being.
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Childhood and adolescence is a time of great change, great growth, and often great challenges. My work with children and adolescents focuses on the inner world of children and all that includes: behaviours, relationships, experiences, and feelings. We work together on their journey, embracing who they are as individuals.
PARENTS AND FAMILIES
One of my passions is to help whole families succeed together and as individuals. I work with parents (including step-parents and foster parents) from a strengths-based approach that acknowledges and faces the types of challenges that we each have as individuals within a family, in order to help the whole family thrive.
I work with individuals of all ages as they face life's challenges - including those that arise from trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I also help with topics relating to aging, including mid-life, supporting aging parents, and the stresses faced by care-givers.
HOW I WORK
The interpersonal attachments that form in our earliest years influence how we relate to and interact with others and the world. I work from an attachment focus, which can help you understand these influences and discover the roots of your perspective and actions. Counselling work within attachment theory as been shown to be empowering in helping people understand where they've come from in order to help them get to where they want to go.
PLAY AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Play and creativity are the ways in which we communicate even before we have the use of words and language. I use play and creative expression with children as young as 3 through to adolescent years (and even with adults!) as a way of understanding and building on our most innate capacities, abilities, and fundamental communication methods. Play and creative expression can help our inner spark grow in ways that positively affect our day-to-day lives.
RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILY SYSTEMS
Our life experiences within our families, beginning at birth, affect us throughout our lives and shape how we are as children, parents, grandparents, and partners. I work to help unpack our lives' stories in ways that creates understanding and insight, and compassion for ourselves. Our work can help increase the quality of our relationships both within and outside the family.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
I have more than 20 years experience in working as a mental health professional in a range of community and clinical settings. I have been fortunate to work with hundreds of children, adolescents, and families as well as individuals of all ages.
My education includes a BA in Child & Youth Care, with a focus on stages of development, and an MA in Counselling, with a focus on attachment and family systems.
I am a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors #14861.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”
e e cummings
Your Questions Answered
HOW DO WE START?
Call or email me (I will respond to your call within 48 hours), and we will have a phone conversation to introduce ourselves to each other. Our first session together will focus on your goals and what you want to achieve from counselling, and we'll start to create a plan.
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN & PARENTS?
I meet with parents before I meet with their young children to help understand the challenges and goals that families have. After I begin counselling work with children, we will have periodic parent sessions to explore their perspectives on challenges and changes.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
$125 for 50 minute individual session
$150 for 50 minutes family or couple session.
24 hour notice is required for cancellation, or the full fee will be payable.
Many extended health care plans cover counselling services. Contact your provider to determine if you are eligible for this coverage.
The Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) is a government-funded program that provides financial assistance for counselling services to help individuals who have been affected by crime. I am a registered therapist with the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
SCHEDULE A SESSION
Contact me today to schedule your next session.
If you are in a mental health emergency call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.