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COUNSELLING

Kevin Kokoska is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

He holds a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). 

WHY SEE A REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR?

The idea of going to counselling can be scary. Much of this fear is based on the confusion around what counselling is. Some people believe that seeing a counsellor is a sign of weakness. They may feel a sense of shame or embarrassment about sharing sensitive parts of themselves with a stranger and, instead, choose to keep those parts hidden or to deal with them alone.

It’s true that reaching out to book an appointment with a counsellor can be difficult, but no longer having to be alone with overwhelming feelings is one of counselling’s biggest benefits.

Counsellors view vulnerability as a strength, not a weakness.

While seeing a counsellor during times of emotional distress is an appropriate and responsible choice, only seeing a counsellor when distressed is a bit like only going to the gym when injured. Like physical health, mental health takes work, but also offers many potential rewards. For example, counselling can lead to a better understanding of ourselves and our patterns.

Increased self-awareness is one of the primary goals of counselling. With greater self-awareness comes a greater ability to optimize important aspects of one’s personal, creative, and professional life.

Managing life’s stressors and knowing how to live authentically isn’t instinctive, it takes skill. Counselling is one of the ways we learn skills for life.  

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How much does counselling cost?

Coverage

Check with your provider for claim eligibility.

Accepted

Cash, cheque, etransfer, credit card (Square).

Per Session

My standard rate is $140 per hour. At this time, I’m also offering “pay-what-feels-fair” sessions for people without insurance or benefits.

Kevin’s Qualifications + Experience

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

  • Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from UBC

  • Post-Graduate training & supervision: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute

  • Psychology & English Instructor at Native Education College

  • Graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University

  • Experience facilitating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups

  • Five years working in addiction support services

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Kevin’s Approach + Areas of Interest

At the foundation of Kevin’s practice is the person-centered approach he was trained in at UBC. This means that no matter your reason for seeking counselling, you will be met with an open, empathic, and non-judgmental clinician. One who has been trained to effectively listen, communicate, and maintain a therapeutic environment that is conducive to change. In addition, Kevin draws on both experiential and existential approaches in his work.

Experiential therapy involves processing experiences and emotions as they arise in the counselling room before assessing how they may relate to similar experiences outside the counselling room.

Existential therapy involves a greater focus on cognition, in particular where one places meaning and derives motivation in life.

In both approaches, the aim is increasing self-awareness to catalyze change and live with authenticity.

Kevin collaborates with his clients to find a balance of these approaches that fits best for them. He is interested in working with clients on anxiety, depression, creativity, performance, identity, life transitions, grief & loss, body image, addictions, work/life balance, & LGBTQ issues. 

Taking care of ourselves = Taking care of each other.

I’m working with a small group of therapists to offer reduced-rate counselling sessions for those who don’t have benefits or insurance.

If you would like to be paired up with a counsellor or to book a session with me, please fill out this form.

Please know that your information is only shared with a small administrative staff and the therapist of your choice.

In case of emergency, please call 911, visit the Crisis Centre’s website or dial 1-800-SUICIDE.

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