Tawny Beaulieu (they/them), Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC)
My Approach to Counselling
Central to my counselling approach is learning how each client exists in the world and how they uniquely experience the challenges of life. In other words, you are the expert on you.
I'll be making an effort to learn the language of your life. Together we'll be co-therapists, collaborating a course of therapy tailored to fit you and your circumstances and goals. With guidance, you'll explore and make sense of your patterns of living and relating - what those patterns are and why they are - moving towards rebalancing your inner system while developing coping skills that work in the context of your life.
I consider the counselling profession a calling, and I approach each day with passion and excitement. I'm deeply interested in new and ongoing developments in human behaviour, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.
My Story in Brief
I'm autistic, non-binary, a partner and a parent. While I have other identities and roles, I highlight these because they're areas of my life where I've experienced the biggest personal challenges and the most transformative growth.
My early adult years were spent working in corporate finance, technology, and leadership. Following a period of personal mental health crisis and recovery, I had the opportunity to retrain for a more balanced, sustainable career in counselling.
In the gaps of routine life, I delight in reading speculative fiction, singing the wrong lyrics, being in nature and staring off into space, gardening, and appreciating cake.
My Education and Experience
I received my Diploma of Professional Counselling from the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training and have been working as a professional counsellor since 2021. Going into the program with the end goal of working with the neurodivergent community after graduating, my course selection was informed by feedback from autistic adults, asking 'What areas would you want your therapist to be knowledgeable in?'
I completed an internship with Moving Forward Family Services, a mentorship agency and charitable organization that provides counselling experience and oversight to students while providing accessible services to vulnerable communities.
The Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) designation is associated with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT), where counsellors are regulated by the ACCT Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Introduction to Internal Family Systems / IFSCA + MFFS
Welcoming Neurodiversity into Your Practice / IFSCA
Clinical Care at the Intersection of Gender Diversity and Autism / TranscareBC
Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity / University of Colorado
2SLGBTQ+ Cultural and Clinical Competencies / Edgewood Health Network
Indigenous Canada / University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies
Treatment of Trauma / NICABM
Solution Focused Brief Therapy / Max Innes
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training / Healing Minds Psychotherapy