About Joanne Onerheim, MA, RCC

I am trained as a psychotherapist and achieved a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Adler University.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a governing body dedicated to the ethical practice of Clinical Counsellors who work with vulnerable consumers.  I have worked for the past 10 years with addictions and mental health disorders in both inpatient settings and community clinics. My experience includes working with clients who are overcoming substance abuse or dependence, self-harming behaviours, anxiety, depression and relationship conflict. I consult regularly with a psychiatrist to help guide my practice since I believe that, in many cases, a touch of the right medication can be very helpful to clients.

Deciding to engage in therapy is often a result of suffering painful emotions, indescribable anxiety or being stuck in a life pattern that is destructive to relationships or oneself. I have the experience and skills to help most clients navigate the most challenging circumstances life presents including difficulties in relationships, parenting, problems at work, or the death of a loved one.  I also have extensive experience helping clients who are stuck in a pattern of substance abuse, internet addiction. or other self-harming behaviours.

I expect immediate results for my clients.  I prefer to use evidence-based treatment including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to help empower them to make better decisions for themselves.  Essentially, I hope the therapeutic process helps clients understand themselves and reconnect to their Own Mind.   As part of this process, I believe a thorough assessment is a necessary first step for conceptualizing each client’s unique struggles and developing a treatment plan. If I am not the right person for you, I will refer you on to another clinician or agency who is more appropriate.  I am honoured to be in this profession and I am dedicated to serving clients in an ethical, respectful and useful way.

To accept something is not the same as as judging it good.  Marsha Linehan