About Athina Lai

Athina, healing in Colour Vancouver and BIPOC counselling Vancouver

As a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with over 8 years of clinical experience in child welfare and healthcare, I had the privilege of working with diverse populations including children, families, immigrants, and individuals facing mental and physical health challenges. Drawing from various therapeutic models, I aim to provide client-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed care tailored to your unique needs.

My training includes a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, as well as clinical training in CBT, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and intimate partner violence.
I believe that each individual has unique stories and narratives that shape our identity and interactions with the world. However, sometimes these stories can become restrictive and limit our potential for growth and well-being. Together in our sessions, I hope to explore narratives that are holding you back and the relationships you have with the challenges you face.

I am dedicated to working with you in re-authoring a different, preferred narrative for your future. I look forward to embarking on this counselling journey with you.

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University of British Columbia
Master of Social Work
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BC College of Social Workers
Registered Social Worker (RSW)

Foundation of my approach

 Depending on your concerns, goals, and needs, I utilize a variety of clinical approaches and techniques to assist you. Including but not limited to:

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Non-judgemental. Empathy. Trust.

The focus of person-centred therapy is always on you and not on any diagnosis or categorization. As a Clinical Counsellor, I provide a climate conducive to personal growth and change. Through empathy and trust, our relationship will be productive, genuine, and non-judgemental. Together, we explore your thoughts and feelings, positive or negative, without the risk of rejection or judgement.

It’s all in your head

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the way you think (cognitive) and act (behavioural). CBT helps you to identify the relationship between your thoughts and your feelings. By making small changes to the way you think, you can ultimately change the way you feel.

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What's your story?

Narrative therapy is a style of therapy that helps people become and embrace being an expert in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories that you develop and carry with you through your life. As you experience events and interactions, you give meaning to those experiences and they, in turn, influence how you see yourself and the world. You can carry multiple stories at once, such as those related to your self-esteem, abilities, relationships, and work.

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Building on your strengths

A key component to solution focused therapy is helping you identify your strengths, resources and problem-solving skills. Together we can discover solutions that build on what you are already good at. We will utilize your existing strengths and skills as a basis for problem-solving and growth.

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Attachment-Based Therapy

An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and the person's ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Attachment-based therapy aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. Motivational interviewing is often used to address addiction and the management of physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices.

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#509 - 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

(By Appointment Only)

Phone:  778-323-5797
E-mail:  info@chromacounselling.ca

Let’s talk. we offer a free confidential 15 minute phone or online video consultation. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about us and see how we can work together.

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