My name is Zoe Olson, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #11661.) I believe passionately in the human spirit's ability to heal and overcome adversity. We all have within us the strength to create and sustain change using our inner resources. At times we may have difficulty accessing these resources thus the support of a mental health professional may be needed.
When families are supported and empowered from the beginning, they thrive. All families are strong and courageous while facing life's challenges, yet may require additional support. I have an immense passion for a family's success and thus provide services for pregnancy, adoption and postpartum/post adoption mental health concerns as well as parenting and individual family member support.
I grew up in the East Kootenays of BC, and spent my young adult years in Victoria, BC studying and working. While completing my BA in Psychology at the University of Victoria, I volunteered on an Emergency Sexual Assault Response Team. Bearing witness to the strength of each survivor after experiencing trauma encouraged me to continue my education and obtain a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I have since completed post graduate trauma-specific training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.)
Since 2009 I have worked in group home settings with children and youth who experience behavioural challenges, a specialized detoxification facility for youth, an emergency youth shelter, and agencies contracted to provide therapeutic services for children, youth, families as well as individual adults. Common issues I have worked with include the following:
- Substance Use
- Depression and Anxiety
- Suicidal Ideation and Non-Suicidal Self Injury
- Parent-teen conflict and parenting support for parents and caregivers with children ages 7-18
- Family crisis
- Grief and Loss
- Trauma and Abuse
- Life transitions
In the summer of 2013 my husband and I relocated from Victoria to Salmon Arm. The scenery and amazing communities of the Shuswap region captivate me daily. I am a mother to two little ones and also love to read, hike, canoe, ski, become immersed in music and cook .
It would be my honour to walk beside you on your journey to improve your mental health. Together we can formulate a plan to heal and uncover your true self and help you move forward. Please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation in order to see if I am the best fit for you.
I engage in my own personal work, continuing education and clinical supervision/consultation to ensure the clinical work I provide meets the high standards of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC.) Please visit the BCACC's website for more information on Registered Clinical Counsellors.