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
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 with both Occupational Therapy and Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy degrees. I have also completed the multi-year teacher certification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In recent years I have specialized my clinical practice in helping individuals heal from a wide range of traumatic experiences, chronic stress, 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 in-depth training in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (including advanced training in Attachment-Focused EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy and Focusing. Above all, I take an individualized approach to everyone I work with.
SERVICES I OFFER
CLINICAL COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY
By secure video (Jane App) or phone. Many people have found online counselling to be effective. It has the added benefit of being in the comfort of your own space and not having to travel.
"SINGLE SESSION" COUNSELLING (ONLINE)
A "Single Session" Counselling appointment focuses on a current issue or learning a skill (eg. stress management, mindfulness, Resource Tapping) in one self-contained session.
I am a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and can offer both group and individual formats for mindfulness training for stress reduction and overall well-being.
I'm sorry, my practice is currently full.
UPDATE: September 4, 2022
My practice is currently full. If you are interested in being on my waiting list please complete my contact form on the website. It's helpful if you can provide information on why you are interested to see me and your availability (days of week and times of day you are looking for). Apologies in advance if it takes a few days for me to respond.
I am sometimes able to offer "single session" online counselling. These sessions are intended to help you address a current issue, recent event or learn a specific skill (eg. stress management, mindfulness, resource tapping, focusing) in one self-contained session. Single session availability is offered when I have time come available in my schedule and with the understanding that another session may not be available for several months. This is different than counselling where sessions occur on a regular basis such as once a week or a few times per month. However, if you think a single session may be just what you need right now or maybe you'd like some guidance on self-care while you are on my waiting list, let me know you are interested in the "single session" option.
With wishes for your health and well-being,
Please complete the contact form to get in touch by email.
Most of my sessions are online with in person therapy offered based on individual circumstances due to limited space.
Online Sessions via Jane.app
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