Olivia Nelson – Associate Counselor
Olivia’s Office Hours
Online: Currently all client sessions with Olivia are online
Future in-person schedule
North Vancouver: Tuesday, Thursday
Olivia Nelson is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2145) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). Olivia holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Clearmind International Institute, as well as a BA(hons) from Manchester University in the UK. Olivia also has 28 years’ experience designing and facilitating personal growth, creativity, and leadership workshops and programs for groups and corporations in the UK, US and Canada.
“Healing is hard work. Olivia Nelson helped me get through some dark, challenging times, and also created a comfortable & safe space in order for me to do so. Her expert guidance helped me access deeper parts of myself that I was never comfortable dealing with. I feel lighter today as a result — I was able to break through some big personal barriers with her kind, honest & authentic approach. I’m so grateful that. I’d certainly recommend her services to anyone that is seeking personal growth, guidance or support on any level.” -— Jesse S.
“When I started working with Olivia, I was in an extremely challenging stage in my life, having recently suffered multiple losses including the death of my father and divorce from my husband, the sale of my longtime childhood home and farm, the aftermath of a marital affair, and starting a new life, alone in a new city.
Olivia supported me on my journey of healing by guiding me through a process of deep, thoughtful introspection and reflection. She built trust quickly with me and provided a safe space for me to share my story and explore my thoughts and feelings. With a grounding, sincere approach and intent listening, her gentle probing helped me to assess the issues underlying to my thoughts and feelings, while offering her insights and other perspectives in a very kind and sincere way.
With her support and gentle encouragement, things began to shift, allowing me to find a way to reconcile with my past, forgive myself for my mistakes, heal my heart and to love myself again. Olivia was an incredible support and resource and I can honestly say that I experienced personal growth, a healthier state of mind, as well as greater peace and self-assuredness with the help of the work we did. I’m extremely grateful to her for everything she has done for me and I highly recommend her services.” — Johanna G
“I am so grateful to have found Olivia to help me navigate my growth and healing during a very tumultuous time in my life. She is such a light in this field … so very knowledgeable and compassionate. She creates a safe space to exhale, where I can be nothing less than fully myself in the exploration of myself and my relationship to others on a deeper level.” — Gwenm C., Individual Counselling client
Olivia’s Approach and Experience
In my counselling practice I use a number of techniques including person centred, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Gestalt, NLP, transpersonal and somatic focus. I hold an encouraging, safe and creative space for individuals and couples to share and be met with compassion and safety. I feel that in the middle of any dilemma, struggle, darkness or conflict that meaning can be found and transformation is possible. My job is to shine a light so that you can remember this and in turn it can lead to hope, confidence, clarity and purpose.
I started my counselling career eight years ago having already been in the field of personal growth for more than 20 years. This added a new and deeper level to my work. I felt strongly through all I had learned and experienced that although clients seemed to be reaching a level of aliveness in their lives there were still blocks that were in the way. These blocks were often deep routed and hard to change and resulted in patterns of behaviour that didn’t serve but repeated. What is now clear to me is that these places that we can feel stuck in (with ourselves, relationships, family and career) are also places full of potential, power and purpose.
Alongside counselling Olivia presently works part time as a workshop facilitator for Clearmind Int. (Awakening & SPLASH), leads a bi-weekly Support Group (for the last 5 years) and has worked as an assistant instructor for their counselling program. Also, with her performance background and previously working as a professional actress she can still be found diving into various creative projects, directing, performing or teaching.
Education & Professional Development
- “A Soulful Warrior’s Six Session Journey to Transformation Through AEDP, ” a 2-day AEDP Training with Jerry Lamagna, LCSW — 2020
- Enlightenment Intensives – Murray Kennedy 2014 — 2019
- AEDP training — 2017
- CHANGE – Psychology of Vision — 2016
- There Is A Better Way – Psychology of Vision — 2016
- Bringing Intuition into Professional Practice, Joanie Tara — 2016
- Transpersonal Counselling – Diploma — 2014
- Pure Energy Level 1 (Tasha Simms) — 2014
- Meisner Teaching Certificate Program Level 1 & 2 — 2009 to 2010
- The Summit Leadership Program – Clearmind International — 2010
- Rude Awakening Leadership Program – Clearmind International — 2009
- Trained facilitator of The Mastery of Self Expression — 2008
- One-Year Leadership Programme – Diploma — 2001
- Manchester University 1st Bachelor of Arts Degree – Acting —1997
- One Year Professional Acting — 1995
- Access in Performing Arts — 1994
- RSA Dance to music — 1992