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Ian Van Deventer,

My career started with studying the social sciences, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts from The King’s University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary.  For the past 25+ years I have been working as a social worker in various front-line and clinical supervisory roles.  I have always had an interest in healing and growth which led me to also work as a counsellor after adding a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. 

I believe that who we are and how we function in the world is heavily influenced by our early life experiences and the family and social environments we develop within.  I also believe human beings are resilient and can recover and grow despite difficult experiences.  I naturally associate with Attachment, Systems, and Narrative schools of thought.  I am also practical enough to use other approaches including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and

Brief Solution-Focussed Therapy. 

I have received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.  I am also an approved service provider for the Crime Victims' Assistance Program (CVAP). 

Perhaps the most important thing I am able to offer as a counsellor is the ability to sit with people in their pain or struggle and not be overwhelmed by it.  I use a non-judgemental and relational approach to create safety and

allow for exploration and growth. 

Areas that are of particular interest to me include family of origin issues, anger (and other emotions), relationship discord or violence, addiction, anxiety, and depression.  I am predominantly a general practitioner and as such am most interested in working with people through whatever issues

they feel are most important. 

On a personal note, my spouse and I consider ourselves blessed to have three young adult children, a daughter in law, and a teenager.  I also love to spend time reading a good book or going outside to enjoy this beautiful area we live in. 

I am currently seeing clients at Yale Therapy Group in Chilliwack part-time on Monday afternoons and evenings.  Please refer to the "Contact Me" page for details about how to set up an introductory consultation or a first session. 

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