© 2015 by Jaime Gibson Counselling

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Jaime is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#11872) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. This is a professional designation that indicates that a counsellor has met criteria for education, experience, and supervised practice. 

www.bc-counsellors.org

 

Jaime has lived in Campbell River for 14 years with her husband and daughters. She truly loves this beautiful city and her heart is happiest when she is exploring the local trails, lakes, beaches, and rivers with her family.

Education and Qualifications:

 

  • Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology  from the University of Victoria

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria

  • Somatic Experiencing (Levels beginning through advanced completed)

  • Certificate in Expressive Play Therapy from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

  • Completed Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists:    First Responder Trauma

 

Experience:

Jaime has experience in both government and non-profit settings working with children, youth, adults, families, and groups. Some of the clients she has had the privilege to work with have faced challenges such as:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • sexual abuse

  • trauma

  • neglect

  • living in foster care

  • life transitions

  • lack of self-esteem and self-worth

  • self-harming behaviours

  • grief

Maggie, Jaime's companion and registered therapy dog, often accompanies her at the office. Maggie's loving presence is enjoyed by many clients of all ages. She is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier who does not shed and generally does not bother those with allergies. If any clients have concerns about Maggie's participation in counselling sessions, please let Jaime know.

Counselling Approach:

Jaime believes in the innate ability of each person to heal and grow throughout life experiences. Often, we face difficult times and traumatic events that leave us feeling hopeless, lost, and unable to cope. The non-judgemental and supportive counselling relationship can be a place for clients to experience acceptance and safety, to explore challenges, and to heal.

 

Somatic Experiencing​:

Jaime has completed 3 years of training in Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is a psychobiological trauma resolution model that is a potent method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. This view of the impact of trauma on individuals greatly influences Jaime's counselling approach. You can learn more about Somatic Experiencing here:    http://www.traumahealing.org/

 

Expressive Play Therapy:

Children have unique needs developmentally and emotionally. Play is the natural way for them to express themselves and process their inner and outer worlds. Toys and other expressive and creative mediums allow children to explore their inner experiences in a safe and developmentally appropriate manner.