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WELCOME.

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Whatever has brought you here, I hope you find something helpful.

My approach to counselling prioritizes what is important and meaningful to each individual I work with. I help people with issues such as: anxiety, insomnia, traumatic experiences and loss, relationship issues, depression, chronic pain, and managing stress.

My passion for learning and desire to be of real help has led me to gain expertise in a variety of therapeutic approaches which I integrate in a way that works for YOU.

I love working with people to develop their own internal resources, gain new skills, develop curiosity, insight and clarity, and explore new ways of seeing and being at times of difficulty and transition in their lives.

I'm honoured be here to support you on your journey of healing and self-discovery.

Words to inspire and ponder...

"As long as we're breathing there is more right with us than wrong with us, no matter what we are facing"

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, developer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

"Focusing will enable you to find and change where your life is stuck, cramped, hemmed in, slowed down. And it will enable you to change– to live from a deeper place than just your thoughts and feelings."

~ Eugene Gendlin, developer and author of Focusing

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

~ Dorothy Parker

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ABOUT JULIE

Hello, I’m Julie Giroux, a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1993, I have worked in a variety of social service and health care roles providing specialized services to those dealing with challenging life experiences.

 

I graduated from the University of Toronto twice, first in 2001 with a degree in Occupational Therapy and again in 2014 with a master's degree in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy.  I also completed the teacher certification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School between 2010 and 2018.  

 

In recent years I have specialized my clinical practice in helping individuals heal from a wide range of traumatic experiences and chronic stress. I can also help with related issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and insomnia. I help people get in touch with what matters most to them and develop more fulfilling and satisfying lives. I have pursued in-depth training in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (including advanced training in Attachment-Focused EMDR, and EMDR 2.0), Reconsolidation Therapy for PTSD, Psychedelic Integration, and Focusing. Currently, Attachment-Focused EMDR, tends to be my primary modality, integrated with the other bodies of knowledge as I take an individualized approach to everyone I work with. 

SERVICES

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CLINICAL COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY
(ONLINE)

By secure video (Jane App) or phone. My clients report that they have found online counselling with me to be effective. It has the added benefit of being in the comfort of your own space and not having to travel.

I work online weekdays only between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

CLINICAL COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY
(IN-PERSON)

I offer in-person appointments in my Saanich office on Mondays between 9am and 5pm.

In-person sessions are currently only available for existing clients.

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INSIGHT TIMER
Guided Meditation & Yoga 
by Julie

I have been a teacher on the Insight Timer App since 2017 and a meditation teacher since 2010.  Click the link below to browse my freely offered recordings for guided meditation (including MBSR practices), gentle yoga, Focusing and EMDR Resource Tapping. 

COMPLIMENTARY
20-MINUTE
CONSULTATION

Finding the right match in a therapist is important. To help us decide if we might be a good fit to work together I am happy to schedule a 20-minute initial consultation online or by phone. I book these appointments when I have space for new clients coming available in my practice.

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EMDR THERAPY FOR TRAUMA, PHOBIAS, ANXIETY  and PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT.

I have found EMDR therapy to be very effective for trauma-related concerns, as well as phobias, anxiety, and performance enhancement.  For trauma processing, EMDR therapy typically requires 1.5 hours per session. 

I also offer Intensive EMDR therapy. EMDR Intensives are an accelerated treatment approach, involving longer and/or more frequent EMDR sessions. Research and clinical experience demonstrates faster symptom reduction and treatment gains without some of the pitfalls of longer treatment protocols.

MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

I am a UMass certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and have been teaching since 2010. I offer both group and individual formats for mindfulness training for stress reduction and overall well-being.

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