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Welcome!

Danielle van Schaik, MA, RCC, CCC

Welcome to DVS Counselling; a counselling practice located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

I offer a relational framework where I work with clients to determine who they are, and what would be most helpful for them

My background is largely as a child and youth counsellor at an Island Health in-patient psychiatric facility for children and youth. At that same site, I was promoted to a leadership position as a DASW (Discipline Allied to Social Work) Clinical Lead from May 2022 to May 2023, until I left the position to begin private practice counselling. Currently, I continue to work casually as a child and youth counsellor with Island Health.

 

Prior to working in the psychiatric field, I was employed for a year as an educational assistant with the Sooke School District. Before that, I worked for two years as a behaviour interventionist and program assistant. Through my practicum and training, I have worked extensively with adults and families with various concerns.  My robust background ensures I can holistically consider your situation and help determine what would be most beneficial.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 18 years and two adolescent children. I adore my pug (who you might see in virtual sessions). I love to crochet, bake, listen to podcasts and read, as well as travel!

 

In the work we do together, the focus is on you, but I know when working with someone new, it can be nice to know a little about them. 

Danielle van Schaik Victoria BC Counselling
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Education & Training

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2006) and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2022).

 

Some recent training: 

  • EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training (2023)

       Personal Transformation

       Institute​

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy

       Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm (2023)

  • San'yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program, Advanced Training (2023)

  • Level 1 - Trauma and the Body, Trauma Informed Practice Institute (2023)

  • Level 2 - Healing Trauma Experientially, Trauma Informed Practice Institute (2023)

  • Core Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop, Island Health (2023)

  • Frontline Staff Resilience Workshop, Royal Roads, offered through Island Health (2023)

  • San'yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program, Core Training (2022)

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training Workshop, DBT Centre of Vancouver, offered through Island Health (2019)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Island Health (2017)

  • I was also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy during my Master's education.

I exceed the continuing education requirement for my registration with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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