Gill Van den Bussche - Clinical Counsellor
Hallo! My name is Gill and I am a transplant from Kortrijk, Belgium who is privileged to swim, hike, kayak and make meaningful connections in the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.
I hold a Master’s of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and am a registered member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I started my journey at the Men’s Therapy Centre in 2020 as a practicum student, and feel honoured to have continued supporting this community ever since.
Prior to my graduate studies (*and some soul searching), I worked in the food- and the tourism and hospitality industry. I know what it is like to feel unsatisfied and stuck, and how to shift life in a personal direction that is more meaningful and rewarding. In therapy, we can focus on some of your stuck points by tending to the obstacles that block your way. These may be: the remnants of past wounds and traumatic experiences, fears and insecurities, relationship patterns, limiting beliefs about yourself, others and the world and emotional triggers. With compassion and curiosity in a safe and supportive space, I may invite you to sit with challenging experiences, explore new strategies and skills, and help you discover new insights to get you unstuck. My goal is for you to emerge from our work feeling empowered, with a better sense of your strengths, resources and the things that bring value and meaning to your life.
Therapeutically, I work from a trauma-informed humanist, existential approach, while incorporating mindfulness- and somatic techniques to help clients develop presence and safety. Depending on your needs, I may also draw from solution-focused and cognitive behavioural modalities.
Areas of interest include:
Trauma and PTSD