Anna Guest – Associate Counselor
Anna is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2153) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). Anna holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Clearmind International Institute, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
Anna approaches counselling with compassion, thoughtfulness, intuition and a deep desire to create a safe and caring environment for her clients where they can explore feelings and beliefs they have about themselves and the world. It is often unprocessed feelings and unconscious beliefs that lead to difficulty in our lives. When those feelings and beliefs can be identified and explored in a safe space, the unconscious is made conscious, and transformation can occur. Different choices and ways of being become possible. My goal as a counsellor is to support my clients to move through whatever struggle they are facing and ultimately feel more connected in their relationships and more empowered in their life.
My experience with therapy began in my late 20’s when I realized that I was the common denominator in all my failed attempts at relationship. I had to discover that how I felt about myself was dictating the partners I chose. Once I faced those feelings I was able to choose differently. I have now been married for 10 years and have 2 beautiful children. What I know now is that crisis and difficulty in relationships- whether it be with my husband, children or anyone else- are an opportunity for growth, and are the path to a possible deeper connection. It can feel very painful and almost impossible to navigate crisis alone. I believe that one of the bravest things anyone can do is ask for help to face their walls and struggles.
My therapeutic approach includes a combination of Transpersonal, Family Systems Theory, Person Centered, Gestalt and Transpersonal perspectives.
Education and Certifications
- Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (ACCT #2153)
- University of British Columbia– Bachelor of Science (1998)
- University of British Columbia– Bachelor of Education (2005)
- Clearmind International Institute– Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling (2009)
- Clearmind International Institute– Senior Assistant for year 1 of counsellor training program (2015-present)
- Postpartum Depression Workshop for Counsellors (2017)