Ryan Dielschneider


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B.A., M.C., C.C.C.
Canadian Certified Counsellor #8002
Favourite Book:
“The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron

Favourite Quote:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity … Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.  Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brené Brown

As a clinical counsellor, I strive to combine a gentle, person-centered style with actively teaching you evidence-based strategies in every session. My hope is that I can provide you with a safe, casual time and space to process your thoughts and feelings while also connecting you with research-supported ideas and techniques from psychology that will be practically helpful in managing your symptoms or improving your life between sessions. My clients usually tell me I’m generally easy-going, nonjudgmental, and humorous*, but I can switch and quickly become serious, intellectual, and educational when needed.

Outside of counselling, I love dogs, being in nature, trying new foods, playing video games, watching drag performances, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading.

*Note: Open to playful humour in the counselling space, but not necessarily a funny comedian myself!

Areas of Interest:
– Anxiety, depression, and stress
– Young adults and adolescents
– Trauma and grief resolution
– Addictions and health psychology
– Career counselling and life transitions
– LGBTQ, gender, and sexuality issues
– Empowerment, minority stress, and undoing victim-blaming

Primary Types of Therapy:
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) & Schema Therapy
– Trauma Therapies, including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
– Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
– Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, & Buddhist psychology
– Positive Psychology & the science of happiness

 Previous Experience:

– Mental health counsellor at a primary healthcare clinic
– Trauma therapist for injured workers in BC
– Vocational rehabilitation counsellor for injured workers in SK
– Family therapist and educator in adoption
– Coordinator in bullying prevention
– Community development in the LGBTQ community
– Youth care worker
– Organizer of arts programming
– Program assistant at a Métis addictions treatment centre

Sample of Training Upgrades and Certifications:
– MBSR Intensive: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
– EMDR: A Rapid, Safe, and Proven Treatment for Trauma
– Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Injury, PTSD, Psychosis, and More
– Schema Therapy: Proven Techniques
– Emotionally-Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-Based Interventions
– Blanket Exercise: Decolonizing Canadian Indigenous History (Kairos)
– IATP Clinical Trauma Course: Triphasic Model
– Breaking the Silence Conference on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
– Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Course (Med Univ of South Carolina)
– CBT Workshop: Targeted Mood-Specific Skills Using MOM2 (Dr. Padesky)
– NACAC 5-Day Adoption Conference: New Hope for Our Children