Meet our Counsellor Anjeet Kaila

Anjeet Kaila

Counsellor

Anjeet Kaila, M. Ed, RCC (#10230)

Education and Training:

Anjeet is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#10230) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Anjeet is well-practiced in Assertiveness Skills Training, and has completed coursework and training in Mediation Skills and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). Anjeet continues to proactively seek further knowledge, training and expertise via ongoing continuing education opportunities, professional development, consultation and supervision. Presently, she is looking forward to expanding her skills for managing day-to-day life stressors, reducing and managing anxiety, and increasing overall quality of life through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training.

Areas of Expertise:

Anjeet has a keen interest in working with clients from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds ranging in age from pre and early teens through to late adulthood. Her particular areas of interest are reducing and managing relational aggression, anxiety and depression; fostering strong parent/teen relationships, the management of gender and identity-related difficulties, overcoming learning challenges, and assertiveness skills training. She is trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and is able to implement proven therapeutic techniques, when appropriate, to help manage and reduce post-traumatic stress. As a part of her cross-cultural perspective, Anjeet often assists clients with bridging the gap between Canadian culture and more traditional values and norms through parent, child and family counselling and mediation. She is able to offer counselling in both English and Punjabi.

Additionally, as a former Learning Support teacher, Anjeet has a special interest in working with students with identified learning disabilities and general undiagnosed academic struggles. “These students can be particularly susceptible to school-related anxiety, and are vulnerable to difficulties with self-confidence, which may be expressed in a variety of ways.”  Anjeet works closely with these clients to identify personal strengths and to harness those strengths for academic, social, and personal success.

Work History:

Anjeet’s training and work experience include community counselling at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University Community Counselling clinics, post-secondary counselling with the young adult/mature student population at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and, most recently, working as a counsellor with at risk youth in the secondary school setting. Anjeet has also worked as a teacher in the BC public school system for over 10 years, and has specialized training and experience as a Learning Support teacher.

Therapeutic Models:

Anjeet generally works from the perspective of Relational-Cultural Therapy, and focuses on the interpersonal process in therapy. Through building safe, confident, and genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients, she incorporates therapeutic techniques and strategies from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Person-Centered approaches, to meet the distinct needs of each individual client.

Philosophy:

“We each have our own unique experiences in this world, and along with those experiences, we have our own unique ways of navigating the waters, whether calm or stormy. Sometimes, though, even our best efforts don’t necessary lend to what we hope for – we get stuck. Our typical patterns of coping start to leave us hanging – we become disconnected. At these times, reaching out and seeking support can be the most empowering thing we can do for ourselves. By recognizing the need for change, we empower ourselves to experience life differently – to seek better for ourselves and to improve our overall quality of life.”

“As a therapist, I seek to create a genuine, safe and non-judgmental environment in which my clients can freely explore their experiences. I listen with care, and seek to understand. Within this space, clients work towards accessing their personal strengths, identify personal goals, begin working through challenging experiences, and ultimately, move forward towards reconnecting with the world around them in a way that is optimal for them.”

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #10230) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
  • Applied Metapsychology International – Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (AMI-TIRA)
  • BC Post Secondary Counsellors’ Association (BCPSCA)
  • BC School Counsellors’ Association (BCSCA)

** “Please note, services provided by an Registered Clinical Counsellor may be fully or partially covered by your extended health plan or through your Employee Assistance program.  Please check with your plan provider for further information.” **

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