About Me

Welcome! My name is Dana (she/her) and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in Vancouver, BC, living and working on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples - the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Although I was born in Canada, I was raised in Scotland, Norway and Indonesia and grew up as a third-culture kid. My diverse experiences and interactions as a youth were coupled with a lot of movement across various schools, communities, and cultures. Experiencing such change in locations, relationships, and in myself over the years has led me to a place of appreciation of the many parts of myself. Now, my hope is to support others to feel connected to their many diverse experiences. 

As a counsellor, the most rewarding part of my work is the relationship and connection that can be made between counsellor and client, as I believe that counselling is a collaborative process. I work with both youth and adult clients, where I make it my goal to create a safe environment for you to voice your struggles and emotional pain at your own pace as we build trust in our relationship and work towards healing.

I believe that looking at a person holistically is the best way to learn about someone. This includes learning about childhood, relationships, family, culture, and past experiences to understand how it influences your current issues. It’s for this reason that you can expect me to show up authentically in the counselling room - curious, open and intentional. You can also expect to be met non-judgementally, with a warm and gentle energy.

Finding connection

Starting counselling can be a daunting experience. It requires you to look inward and connect with the parts of you that may feel overwhelming, messy, or even inaccessible. My hope is that we can learn about these parts and encourage harmony between them. You may find through our work together that feeling connected to your experiences, emotions, and beliefs  allows you a larger capacity for self-regulation and creating new narratives. 

What a first session looks like

In our first session we will review your personal and family history, build goals for our work together, and explore resources that will help you between counselling sessions. Creating a space for you to express yourself, get to know yourself, ask questions, and share about your experiences will be an ongoing process through our work together. 

Approaches & modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness-based Therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy
Feminist Therapy
Adlerian Therapy
 Expressive Art Therapy
Sandtray Therapy


  • Depression / Anxiety / Stress

  • Trauma / Childhood Trauma

  • Sexual Assault / Childhood Sexual Abuse 

  • Self-esteem / Self-worth 

  • Navigating life as a Highly Sensitive Person 

  • Interpersonal relationships / Attachment

It’s your time to bloom 

Education & Trainings

 ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Russ Harris ACT for Adolescents

Synergetic Play Therapy

Lisa Dion Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy

Sandtray Therapy

Centre for Expressive Therapy with Marie-José Dhaese

Indigenous Canada

University of Alberta

Gottman Couples Counselling: Level 1

The Gottman Institute