“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ― Dalai Lama
Derek Thiessen believes that everyone possesses the inner wisdom, courage, and capability to live a life guided by their own values, and as the quote above suggests, he believes it is his role as the counsellor to walk alongside clients in this journey. Within the counselling relationship, he aims to develop a connection built on safety and trust, but also one that encourages the client to move towards acceptance and growth (even when it’s uncomfortable). Derek’s counselling style is built on the principles of client-centred therapy but also integrates cognitive, emotional, relational, existential, and behavioural approaches to best help clients reconnect with themselves, others, and the world around them.
Derek is currently completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. He offers counselling for clients of all ages and has experience working with anxiety, depression, stress, belonging, self-esteem, trauma, and mental performance psychology.