Our team is here to support you achieve your goals and create lasting change towards a more satisfying life.
About Counselling Services
Back in Motion Health counsellors are all master’s-level trained mental health professionals that hold a license in good professional standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, designating them as Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC).
We are here for you, no matter the support that you need to improve your mental health. We offer short or long-term counselling services using a variety of approaches: cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), talk therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), somatic experiencing, Rogerian therapy, etc.
We offer 50-minute long sessions with a trained and licensed Registered Clinical Counsellor, delivered through Telehealth (virtual or telephone).
Our services have no formal commitment required (number of sessions), although optimal outcomes require commitment to treatment.
Your initial counselling session consists of introductions, informed consent review, establishing rapport, and conducting formal or informal assessments as needed. Assessments may include questionnaires to evaluate symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc.
The counselling team at Back in Motion is here to support you achieve your goals and create lasting change towards a more satisfying life. We understand counselling may be uncomfortable at first, and our experienced clinicians will do the best to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible during your appointment/treatment.
Back in Motion Health provides:
Mental health counselling and support for individuals
Relationship and family counselling
Guidance and career counselling
Substance abuse counselling
Are Counselling Services recommended for me?
Counselling services are recommended to anyone:
- Struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Lacking social support and feeling isolated
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Looking to manage stress
- Looking for support with life transitions, including divorce, unemployment, and shifting family dynamics
- Grieving, bereavement, and having loss-related issues
- In need of guidance through crisis-related issues
- Suffering from past traumatic events
- Looking to enhance self-discovery and identity
- Experiencing postpartum mental health issues
Counselling services supports individuals who are experiencing symptoms associated with mental health issues:
- Anxiety, including panic attacks
- Depressive thoughts
- Apathy, loss of interest
- Sleep disruption
- Worry and rumination
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Chronic pain
- Difficulties managing anger and other emotions
- Relationship conflict and breakdown
Benefits of Counselling: How does counselling help people?
- Increased awareness about yourself
- Support in setting and achieve goals
- Empowering action towards a more satisfying life
- Increasing sense of security and/or trust
- Managing/reducing distressing symptoms through coping techniques
- Identifying issues and creating solutions
- Healing trauma
- Improving communication
- Enhancing coping skills
- Strengthening self-esteem
- Promoting behaviour change
- Promoting optimal mental health
- Higher quality of relationships
- Better sleep
- Better overall body and mind health
- Better overall quality of life
Why Choose Counselling at Back in Motion Health?
Our Team treats a wide range of injuries and conditions in our state-of-the-art health centres. Each clinic features private treatment rooms and the latest in therapy, exercise equipment and treatment techniques.
- Experienced and knowledgeable team of clinicians
- Wide range of treatment and services under the same roof
- In-person and Telehealth services
- Direct Billing
- Free Parking
Before Your Appointment
Counselling services are offered via Telehealth (virtual or telephone).
Getting Ready For Your Appointment (In-Person)
The Health and Safety of our clients and staff is Back in Motion’s #1 priority. The Back in Motion internal Health & Safety Committee has developed and implemented a comprehensive Safety Plan, to make our clinics safe for clients and staff. We have made changes to the facilities, operational and administrative processes. To review our plan, review our Covid-19 Safety Plan page.
If your appointment is in-person, at the booking time (in-person, phone, or online), you will perform a health assessment check, to verify if you are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms. This health assessment will be redone 36 hours prior to your appointment, and at your appointment time.
If you have booked your appointment, but you are experiencing Covid-19 related symptoms, please call us to cancel your appointment, and seek help with your family physician or nurse practitioner, or by calling 8-1-1.
If there are any specific preparations required for your appointment, you will be advised prior to your appointment day.
Getting Ready for Your Appointment (Telehealth and In-Person)
Congratulations on taking the first step to improving your mental health! The counselling team at Back in Motion is here to support you achieve your goals and create lasting change towards a more satisfying life. Prior to your first appointment, it is normal that you may feel nervous or anxious about meeting your counsellor, and you may feel uncomfortable sharing about yourself with someone you haven’t met before. At Back in Motion, we understand this can be difficult, and will do our best to ensure that you feel comfortable during your appointment.
During Your Appointment
During your first visit, your Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) will:
- introduce herself/himself and tell you a bit about what counselling is and can do for you
- review the informed consent forms, discuss client confidentiality and your rights in counselling, and answer any questions you may have
- if helpful or needed, complete any assessment forms (e.g. assessing for symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc.) and discuss with you their purpose and results
- provide the space for you to share about what has brought you to counselling
- explore any goals you wish to set for your time in counselling
- your counsellor may take brief notes during your session to support treatment planning
At the end of the session, you will be reminded to book your follow-up appointments, when needed. You may do that with your clinician or call one of our locations.
After Your Appointment
Following your appointment, it is normal to feel any number or intensity of emotions. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office, and our administrative staff or your counsellor will be happy to address them with you. If you require a short-notice appointment, we may be able to accommodate. If you experience an urgent emergency or crisis situation, please go to your nearest hospital emergency room, call 9-1-1, or call a 24-hour community crisis line for assistance:
Meet Our Counsellors
Jennifer Baker, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Meet Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker is a passionate advocate for her clients’ successes. She is honoured to work collaboratively with her clients, coming alongside them with support to grow and achieve their goals by harnessing their own innate strengths and resources.
“She believes that her clients are the experts in their own lives and views her role as their therapist as one of support and guidance. Having encountered various struggles in her own life, she is acutely aware of the impact of mental wellness concerns on her clients and is constantly inspired by the courage they show in seeking counselling and pursuing personal growth and change in their lives.
Jennifer is a warm, caring therapist who prizes her clients and the therapeutic relationship in her work.
“I cultivate a safe, non-judgmental space where clients may feel valued and able to openly examine their concerns and seize opportunities for change.”
Her clinical work draws from cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, somatic experiencing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing modalities.
Areas of counselling practice for adolescents and young and older adults include:
- Stress management
- Pregnancy and postpartum mental health support
- Life transitions
- Grief and bereavement
- Self-discovery and identity exploration
- Academic and career counselling
- Vocational rehabilitation
Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). When not in session, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and King Shepherd, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Akbar Safari, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Meet Akbar Safari
Akbar is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 20 years’ experience providing counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults and children. He holds degrees in Personality Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Akbar has also done some research and assessment on Personality Disorders and Pain Disorders.
Akbar’s areas of clinical expertise include:
– Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
– Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.
– Mood Disorders-Related Disorders.
– Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia).
– Personality Disorders assessment and relationship issue in couples.
– Habitual issues (obesity, addiction, internet and game, sex, irregular sleep style, motivation concerns, etc.).
– Anxiety disorders (Separation and attachment, Phobia, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Body image issue, Hair Pulling and Skin-Picking).
– Support Parents with children behaviors issues (ADHD, ADD, OCD Autism spectrum disorders),
– Parenting -Teen Mediation and Co-Parenting support after separation.
Joseph Wong, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Meet Joe Wong
Joseph Wong is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, BC Registered Clinical Counsellor and Ontario Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).
In his counselling, Joseph utilizes an integrative approach based on the current evidence-based psychology theories such as solution-focused brief therapy SFBT, dialectical behavioural therapy DBT, cognitive behavioural therapy CBT, motivational interviewing MI, mindfulness, attachment therapy, trauma informed support, e-Connent parent group, and MANDT. Joe offer services in both English and Cantonese.
Read Joe’s Bio in Chinese/Cantonese
你好。我是黃先生, 心理輔導員。心理輔導員用心理學技巧去幫助你了解問題的精髓, 問題發生的原因, 解決問題的技巧, 和處理將來的問題。我在非政府組織和政府機構的社會服務和醫療保健領域擁有20多年的經驗。我成立了一個非政府組織和一個註冊慈善機構。我在這裡是為了幫助您真正表達自己，並寫出人生的下一章。我喜歡幫助人們了解諮詢心理學的工作原理。我想幫助您超越個人生活，人際關係或家庭的障礙，創造新的令人興奮的意義和目標，並解決“不可能的”問題。
Mercedes Douglas, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Meet Mercedes Douglas
Mercedes believes the therapeutic relationship is a powerful instrument in the therapist’s tool belt. Her intention is to hold a space where clients can truly feel seen and heard as they contemplate, cultivate and create change. She can help illuminate new perspectives and introduce strategies to lead a more meaningful life. Mercedes merges evidence-based cognitive behavioural approaches with integrative tools to help clients align with their goals.
Mercedes received her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2019. She is a professional member of the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She is currently working towards certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Areas of experience:
- Adult ADHD/ADD
- Life transition
- Stress management
Frequently Asked Questions
Counselling is a very individualized process that is unique for each person and their concerns. Some people seek long-term therapy for ongoing support, and others seek a few sessions to “talk-out” problems and come up with solutions. The frequency and number of sessions is determined by discussion between you and your counsellor depending on your specific situation, goals, needs, and resources.
At Back in Motion, we are client-centered, and strive to tailor our counselling sessions and treatments to you and your particular situation. This means that each session is fitted to your personality, style, needs, and goals. Sometimes, this looks like an unstructured conversation where you are given the time and space to discuss and explore what’s going on for you. At other times, sessions are more structured, with your counsellor exploring and sharing pieces of information, strategies, or tools that they think may be of help to you. You and your counsellor will come up with a plan together to help you achieve your goals in therapy.
Research tells us that counselling therapy can provide many benefits, including:
- improved quality of relationships
- clarity and solutions to problems you’re facing
- improved self-esteem
- greater self-awareness
- improved coping skills
- healing from trauma
- greater resilience in the face of adversity
- overall greater sense of well-being and quality of life
- As with many things, counselling also comes with its share of risks. These include:
- experiencing challenging emotions and distress when discussing problems or painful memories
- experimenting with different behaviours, even those welcomed by the client, that can have a ripple effect in a person’s life and may not be positively received by others in your life
- there is no guarantee of success
Your counsellor will support you through this and help you navigate these experiences should they arise.
Clients should refer to their specific Extended Medical Plan coverage for details on services and coverage available. If you have coverage, Back in Motion Health directly bills most Extended Health Plans (verify if your plan is on our list), or provides a medical receipt to be used on request for reimbursement.
At present, the counselling profession is not a regulated profession in BC. This means that a person may call themselves a mental health therapist, counsellor, etc. and may not have the adequate education and training, credentials, or licensing to be approved by your extended health coverage. At Back in Motion, our counsellors are all master’s-level trained mental health professionals that hold a license in good professional standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, designating them as Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). Many extended benefits providers provide coverage for mental health services provided by an RCC. It is important to inquire with your extended benefits provider which mental health professional is accepted under your coverage.
In-person & Virtual Counselling Services
Toll-free: 1-866-205-9000 (press 1 (Abbotsford) to reach the Counselling Booking Team)
Phone: 604-425-1550 (Abbotsford)
Appointments in-person: Victoria location (weekdays) and Abbotsford location (Saturday mornings)
Free 15-min initial consultation.
Sliding scale available. Call us to learn more.
Insurance Claims & Information
Get Back to Health after an Accident or Workplace Injury.
Extended Health Coverage
Back in Motion offers Direct Billing to most Extended Health plans, which means little to no out-of-pocket expense to you.
ICBC Insurance Claims
Back in Motion’s team of clinicians, including Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Kinesiologists, all have extensive experience in administering ICBC treatments.
Workplace injuries are usually as a result of trauma or overuse. If you have been injured as a result of a workplace activity, our team of experts at Back in Motion can perform a comprehensive assessment and develop a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and rehabilitate your injury.
If your claim is approved by WSBC, your initial assessment is 100% covered with a WorkSafeBC Claim number. Once your claim has been accepted by WorkSafeBC, the full treatment cost of your appointments will be funded (within the approved time parameters). When you are ready, your physiotherapist will work with you, your employer, physician, and WorkSafeBC Case Manager to develop a safe and appropriate return to work plan. If your claim has been denied or is disallowed, the expenses will need to be covered by the Client.
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