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 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, 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 pursued in-depth training in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (including advanced training in Attachment-Focused EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD 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.
I work online Monday through Friday, typically between 9am and 5pm.
CLINICAL COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY
I am in office on Tuesdays in Colwood and Monday and Thursday afternoons in Saanich. In-person sessions have limited capacity and therefore longer wait times than online appointments.
"SINGLE SESSION" COUNSELLING (ONLINE or IN-PERSON)
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 usually offer these appointments on short notice when I have a cancellation.
COMPLIMENTARY 20-MINUTE INTRODUCTORY SESSION
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.
EMDR THERAPY FOR TRAUMA, PHOBIAS, ANXIETY and PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT.
EMDR can 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 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: October 19, 2022
My practice is currently full. If you are interested in finding out when I anticipate taking new clients please complete my contact form on the website. I no longer keep a formal "waiting list" but if you write to me I will provide an estimate of when I am likely to have space based on your needs and availability. It is helpful if you provide information on why you are interested to see me and your availability (days of week and times of day you are looking for) and whether you prefer or require in-person or online sessions. 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
THE VITALITY CLINIC
627 Brookside Road, Suite 103
Colwood, BC, Canada
1095 McKenzie, Suite 316
Saanich, BC, Canada