Wendy Noel — Contract Counselor
Wendy is welcoming new clients.
Wendy’s Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
I came to counselling when I was in my early thirties. I was married, had twin sons and a career as an actor in theatre and film. I was struggling with feeling not good enough as a mother or as an actor. Counselling was like a revolution in my world. To be heard, supported, and understood was new and had immediate positive effects in my relationship with my sons, and in my career.
I stopped getting counselling, as things were better for a time, though later, new dilemmas surfaced.
I experienced a marriage break up, and this event, though difficult, ultimately brought transformation into my life.
I shifted my career to become a therapist, because I wanted to learn how to love better; myself, my family and my different communities. I enrolled in Clearmind International’s Transpersonal Counselling program in 2004 and graduated in 2007. I worked at the Vancouver Waldorf School in a counselling capacity, implementing a program to address social problems in the school, like bullying. The program was based on a restorative justice model, and I worked with students, parents and teachers. I left in 2011, to open my own practice as a counsellor, and juggled it with acting gigs.
In 2013, I started working for Clearmind International as a facilitator of support groups, and the next year became an Instructor for their counsellor training program. I worked as an instructor for Clearmind for almost 6 years, and left in 2019 because I needed to focus on healing, given a serious cancer diagnosis.
I credit my current “stable” status and recovery to the supportive, loving community and family that surround me and the love that I feel for myself. (Oh, and an awesome medical team!)
What you can expect in my counselling session
I have seen a couple of good counsellors in my fairly long life, and what I valued in those therapists was the relationship of trust and safety that developed. I felt I could reveal my inner fears, and share events that I had never told anyone about. And in the process, I uncovered negative beliefs about myself that I was carrying. Beliefs like I am bad, I don’t belong, I am unlovable. And along with those mistaken beliefs came lots of feelings. Feelings that I was uncomfortable with, but in the caring hands of my therapists, feelings I learned to express, and accept as healthy and what brought deeper connection into my life.
Similarly, this is what I do with clients of mine:
- create a relationship of trust,
- listen with an open heart,
- unearth negative beliefs about self, others, the world,
- invite the observation of sensations and the correlating feelings whether guilt, shame, fear, anger, sadness, joy, excitement, calm, etc., all are welcome, and
- support transformation through their innate ability to heal.
I have worked with individuals, couples and children and those struggling with health issues. I have worked with anxiety, depression, loss, and trauma.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Education & Professional Development
- 2020 — A Soul Warriors Journey to Transformation
- 2018 — Transforming Trauma through Fierce Love
- 2016 — AEDP Introduction
2019 — The Art of Couples Therapy
2012-2018 — Interpersonal Neurobiology, Family Constellation, and Non-Violent Communication training (NVC) with Sarah Peyton and Mika Maniwa
2010-2011 — NVC training with Penny Wassman and Rachelle Lamb
2008 — NVC training with Robert Gonzales and Susan Skye
2007 — Graduate of 3-year Counsellor training program from Clearmind International
2007 — Antioch University — Waldorf School Counsellor Training- training to implement a Social Inclusion Program in Vancouver Waldorf School
1978 — Graduate of Theatre Arts Program — Studio 58 at Langara College
1975 — Graduate of Handsworth High School, North Vancouver