Patrick McGill – Associate Counsellor
Patrick's Office Hours Vancouver: Monday, Sunday New Westminster: Tuesday North Vancouver: Sunday, Wednesday Online: Varies
Patrick McGill is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2490) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). He is a graduate of Clearmind International Institute with a diploma in Transpersonal Therapeutic Counselling.
Patrick has an open heart, compassion and inquisitive mind in counselling in identifying were the struggles in our life arise, to help identify those areas, those patterns and dynamics that show up in our life, were we get stuck, stuck on that loop, that don’t allow ourselves to live our life to the fullest.
I was led into counselling in a large part from my own personal and family experiences. I had a feeling of wanting more, that I was just going through the motions of life, not being true to myself and my abilities. Lacking fulfillment, purpose and joy, expecting to find it from my family, relationships, friends, all while not giving it to myself. That brought to take steps to discover and look at my life and who I wanted to be in it. I got support and starting learning of grief, loss and change and how to deal, how to cope and feel and be me in all of it. Learning that each individual struggle is unique and sacred and that it can not be rushed and our bodies need to feel and learn our way through these experiences.
My vision is to support clients to discover their fullest potential, to believe in their abilities, to have that self trust and confidence in their lives. To be able to respond and remember the truth and trust in themselves when those struggles of life that show up, Love, loss, grief and change and to be able to express it in a healthy way, not holding on to it and have it negatively effect their relationship with themselves and the other around them, but to learn and have the tools to deal and express and still be hold on to their true selves in it.
In counselling, we start to heal the beliefs that keep each and every one of us separate, and we walk towards intimacy and connection. In life there is no guide or manual, therefore, sessions do not follow a prescribed formula; they are a process, and it is you that sets the curriculum and the pace. I am there to support and facilitate you reaching your goals.
In counselling, it is my belief that it is a process in which everyone needs to show up fully and be accountable for the success of your goals and my commitment to my clients and myself to attain their life’s goals is important to me, as it is to them, supporting them through their journey inward to discovery of peace and freedom in their lives.
Some of the counseling frameworks I draw from have their background in Bowen Family Systems theory, Gestalt therapy, dealing in individual, families, couples and group counselling.
I believe that know one has to struggle alone, that it is one of the bravest things anyone can do is to reach out and ask for support around their struggles. Compassion, non-judgemental presence that supports you in exploring what you need in order to expand and to reclaim the gifts of the past, and to find your own direction from the inside, Being with you at your wall or edge.