Life's struggles and traumas can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, alone or longing for change. Counselling can guide you through a process of self-discovery that leads to the change you are looking for -- developing different ways of handling life while gaining clarity about what is truly important to you.
Being a young person today can be increasingly challenging with just the everyday pressures they face. Many of them are experiencing situations that even adults have difficulty navigating. I offer strategies and solutions that are designed to meet your child or teen’s unique needs and circumstances.
Overall life satisfaction is often associated with feeling closely connected in our key relationships. There are proven strategies that can rebuild trust and enhance relationships -- replacing those old patterns of relating with new methods that foster improved understanding and openness with those you love.
Lurline Raposo MA, RCC, RPT, BCRPT-S
Registered Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist & Supervisor
Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology
Registered as a BCACC Clinical Counsellor
Registered as a Play Therapist
Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Consultant
Parenting Capacity Assessor, Voice of the Child Section 211 and Hear the Child Assessor
I have been working professionally with children, teens and their families for more than two decades. I have specialized in working clinically with young people and their families for 15 years. (View my CV for more details)
I am a family-focused therapist who uses parent-child attachment and brain-based parenting interventions to effectively treat behavioural difficulties, anxiety and trauma. To support the young person, I use a blend of creative and cognitive strategies to offer developmentally-appropriate counselling support and solutions.
I am a generalist in the other half of my practice where I work with adults on their identified challenges and relationship difficulties.
In my personal life, I have been married over 30 years and have two grown children. Before moving back to beautiful BC to be closer to my parents in Nanaimo, I spent almost 10 years in Calgary, Alberta and a short time on Canada's East Coast.
In my free time, I love to sing, play piano and mandolin, cook and travel. I have more creative hobbies than I have time to spend on them.
I am enthusiastic everyday to share in the personal journey of others through the counselling process. Whether I am with families, couples, adolescents or children, people who access my services are encouraged to explore their own personal values to help guide them toward the meaningful change they are looking for in their lives.
The therapeutic methods I use support improved connection with others while also increasing personal and interpersonal insight that promotes understanding and compassion for ourselves and for others. With a balance of empathy and straightforwardness, people seeking out relational counselling as a couple or family can feel confident and comfortable to discuss concerns openly within the safe environment that I create.
I have the skills and training to customize tools to meet the specific needs of the individual, couple or family. We can choose from a variety of therapy interventions from creative and expressive strategies to more cognitive-behavioural, talk therapy techniques. I am comfortable with people of all genders, sexual orientations, faiths and backgrounds.
Proposed interventions may Include, but are not limited to:
Sandtray, Art and Play
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)
Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
Gottman Couples Method
Brain-Based Parenting and Trauma Interventions
We all face challenges at times that leaves us wondering how to move forward in our lives or relationships. Each person's experience and concerns are unique, so your therapist must be able to support what feels right for you or your family members. More