Counselling Services

We offer trauma counselling services to all women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, and two-spirit people who identify as part of the women’s community and who have been impacted by violence or trauma at any time in their lives. Counselling is included in program enrollment, and is also available at no, low or sliding scale cost for eligible clients.

Our counselling approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, and draws on variety of modalities. We use a Somatic Experiencing approach to help clients process and recover from past and ongoing trauma issues. We work hard to meet people where they are and hold the clients as experts on their own lives. We develop strong and healing relationships with clients so that the relational ruptures that accompany trauma can start to heal. Through this restorative process, clients achieve new outlooks and transform their lives.

Counselling Services Eligibility

You do not need to be enrolled in a group program to access counselling at Bridges. Our services are geared towards people who have secured stability and are well-resourced to pursue their healing journey. We do not offer trauma counselling to people who are in an abusive relationship, struggling with substance use or do not have secure housing.

Funding

Depending on your personal circumstances, there are multiple sources of funding to access counselling at Bridges. Our registered clinical counselling is covered by most extended healthcare plans. If you have been a victim or witness of a crime in British Columbia, you may also be eligible for free counselling. Our counsellors are also registered with the First Nations Health Authority Health Benefits Program.

We also offer sliding scale rates for individuals who are not eligible for funding under other streams.