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Our mind can create stories and self-limiting beliefs, but our body never lies. I believe that change occurs when you understand how learnt behaviours and self-defeating beliefs can prevent you from living a full and balanced life.
I work on a bespoke basis, so if you’re experiencing something a little different, confidential support is just a click away.
Areas Of Focus
Relationship and Marital Issues
Trauma and Loss
Relocation Issues and Expatriate
Grief and Loss
Children and Family Issues
Life coaching and learning challenges
If you are experiencing something not listed above, please reach out if you are being drawn to my work. I may still be able to support you 🙂
Veralyn Chan (MC: AT, DVATI, RCC, CCC)
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Art Therapist (MC:AT, DVATI, RCC), my role is simple: To empower you to see your worth. The result? A reality where you are inspired to combat challenges head-on, leading the life that you desire.
Creating a judgement-free hub, I welcome clients with open arms, a listening ear, and a safe space for you to explore, navigate, and overcome your obstacles, coupled with a specialist hand to guide you through.
To me, it’s so much more than a profession. Working hand-in-hand with a diverse range of clients, combating mental health diagnoses, trauma, grief, addiction, and much more, my goal is to gently help you unlock a better future. Not content with just thinking outside of the box, I have a commitment to creating a new one entirely, brimming with innovative techniques to aid fulfilled lives for my clients. A new age of counselling? Check!
Straying from a one-size-fits-all approach, I practice from an integrative perspective, bringing a range of disciplines together for the best therapeutic outcomes. From art to music, play to sand, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to mindfulness-based therapy (to name a few!), I seamlessly integrate various individual-specific methods into my work. A space where you come first.
Who is the face behind Sensible Solution Counselling?
Born in Singapore and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, I spent my formative years immersed in a melting pot of cultures. Coming from a diverse background, I can relate to those experiencing cross-cultural issues, relocation issues, and difficulty adapting to life transitions, practicing in both English and Mandarin. This environment has equipped me with the tools to support culturally diverse clients.
Veralyn 是加拿大注册咨询及艺术疗法临床医学家。Veralyn 夫妻间关系，父母与子女关系，人生转折所面临挑战，重病及损失，跨文化冲突，新移民安置所产生的问题，自负，情绪管理，选择恐惧症，上瘾症及精神疾病等客户群体. 提供英文及语咨询服务。
Creative expressive therapies (art and play therapy)
Family systems approach
Motivational interviewing (MI)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
I use an integrative approach where I find the best mix of modalities to support the client.
The Sensible Solution Way
Working on both an individual and group basis with children, adults, and families, I specialize in a collaborative approach, working hands-on with a diverse population. With my areas of interest spanning grief and loss, cross-cultural issues, anxiety, trauma and loss, and mental health and addiction, my versatility can combat your obstacles from all angles.
With extensive experience and expertise within the mental health realm, I aim to bring my skill set to those seeking a new direction in life. From utilizing the power of art, encouraging healing through creative expression to evidence-based psychotherapy, I approach your struggles with an arsenal of empowerment, gentle challenging, and a sprinkle of fun! Sensible Solution: Putting you in life’s driver’s seat.
An innovative approach to the recovery realm, art therapy entails the use of art as a route towards individual therapeutic goals. Encouraging the clients to become immersed in their creation, a different approach to communication is met, exploring their thoughts, concerns, and feelings at the deepest point.
Art therapy is also incredibly effective at bringing concerns to the surface, fostering a new approach to emotional expression for various mental health diagnoses and life events, namely trauma, eating disorders, anger management, chronic illness, grief, and life transitions. By allowing feelings that may be difficult to verbalize to become externalized, art therapy acts as a safe, fun, and undaunting way to express emotions, promoting healing and enhancing recovery.
Art Therapy has been used in mental health setting for a long time and has proven to be effective for many mental health issues especially trauma, eating disorder, anger management, chronic illness, grief and loss and life transitions. Art provides the client with a safe and fun outlet to externalize the trauma and/or issues onto the art while providing relief and help in recovery.
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Supports self-care, balance and well-being
- Boosts self-esteem and confidence
- Promotes self-awareness
- Process difficult emotions
- Encourages the development of healthy and effective coping skills
- Explore traumatic experiences in a safe manner
- Assists in improving focus and memory
- Develops problem-solving skills and interpersonal/social skills
Types of Clients I See: