About Deirdre

When looking for a counsellor, alignment is important. You want to know that the person ‘gets’ you, and that they will help you in a way that fits with your worldview. Research shows that therapeutic rapport (trust and safety with your counsellor) determines success even more than the type of therapy used. Read on to see how my style resonates with you.

Anxiety and Depression Therapy

Even though anxiety and depression are very common mental health issues, they often make a person feel alone. Anyone who has ever struggled with anxiety or depression knows what a toll they can take, draining one’s life of enthusiasm and energy. It can be difficult to believe that you will ever feel better. Leaving the house can feel like an overwhelming task, and so can getting up in the morning. This in turn can hurt your self-esteem, your relationships, your employment, and more.

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I provide in-person and online counselling in Nelson, BC. With specializations in eating disorder treatment, sexuality, and gender, I also offer consultations, group work, supervision, and presentations. To learn more about issues pertaining to sexual and mental health, I invite you to check out my social media (links at the bottom of this page). Every week or so I publish original content on issues that I’m either exploring professionally, or that I hear coming up in counselling sessions.

What It’s Like

In a typical counselling session, you will share what’s going on for you, and I will ask questions to generate thought and insight. Sometimes I give homework, but don’t let that scare you! It’s only meant to deepen your self-inquiry.

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I offer presentations to youth, parents, educators, and health care professionals. My areas of specialty include eating disorders and sexual health education. To work together in this regard, get in touch and we’ll discuss.

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Sexual Health Educator

In my work as a sexual health educator I teach audiences ranging from elementary school children to college students, parents, and community groups. The approach is sex-positive, gender-affirming, and pro-choice. My wish is for every being to build, grow, and enhance their sexual self-esteem. Educational topics include, but are not limited to: gender & sexuality; relationships & decision making; anatomy & physiology; contraception; pregnancy; STIs/safer sex practices; puberty; and body science.

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Clinical Interests


When a behaviour becomes addictive or compulsive, there can be feelings of shame, fear, and loss of control. Individuals, families, and even our culture at large can focus only on addictive actions and consequences - which can be dramatic.

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Eating Disorders

If I have a flagship specialization, eating disorders is it. Having spent my early adulthood overcoming anorexia and bulimia, I then pursued an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies. This deepened my understanding of what influences...

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Gender & Sexuality

Gender is "a social construct used to classify a person as a man, woman, or some other identity."A 'social construct' means that gender is not something we are born with, but rather something we create. Gender theorist Judith Butler once famously wrote:

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