Registered Clinical Counsellor
I believe that we were not designed to walk through life alone. Often, we can feel the most alone when we face difficult or painful experiences; this is a vulnerable place to be. When we feel vulnerable it can be even more difficult to reach out and ask for help. I believe that healing can come when we are given a safe space to be truly seen, heard, and validated. Building a strong therapeutic relationship, meeting my clients where they are at, and working collaboratively with them are some of the ways I establish safety and trust.
I believe in the resiliency of a person. I see the courage and strength it takes to be vulnerable and face one’s struggles. It is a privilege to walk with people through their challenges. I work from a holistic and strength-based approach, taking in the whole being of a person. My work is trauma-informed, relationally-centered, and experiential in nature. I use an integrative framework consisting of a variety of interventions and tools so that I can adapt to the unique needs of each client.
My interests are in working with individuals or families from diverse backgrounds, dealing with a large range of issues, including anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, life transitions, grief, self-esteem, identity formation, sexuality, acute and developmental trauma, vicarious trauma, and PTSD. I also have experience working in First Nations communities and have a heart for working with Indigenous peoples.
Trauma can be anything that was negative and unexpected in which you felt confused, overwhelmed or powerless. Emotional dysregulation caused by trauma often results in unhealthy forms of coping such as high anxiety, numbing (dissociation), self-harm, eating disorders, addictions and depression. I have specialized training in trauma-informed therapies, such as Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) and Lifespan Integration, which can be effective in reducing symptoms and help you not just survive but thrive. By working collaboratively with clients, my hope is that they will be able to more fully access their voice and resources as well as be able to relate to themselves, others and the world with better understanding, wholeness, and balance.
I received my Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
After 37 years of practice as a Psychologist, I have seldom encountered a therapist with the depth of empathy that Ashley Vickruck offers her clients. Anyone under her care is assured of understanding, acceptance, and sincere warmth!
Richard A. (Rick) Bradshaw, PhD RPsych
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