I’m Alexandria Butterfield - a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. The feedback I have receive from clients is that they like working with me because of my genuine and empathetic nature. I come to sessions prepared with possible strategies and recommendations, but client's choose what we discuss and what areas of their life they want to work on. Above all else, I want you to feel respected and validated.
I understand going through my own therapy how important it is to feel like you have someone who "gets it", won't judge and cares about your life. I believe in seeing the whole person versus just their struggles, so in session you will hear me ask about your hobbies, passions and strengths. I gravitate to using a lot of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) in my work as it helps work with vs against your struggles and for you to create a meaningful and value based life. I also believe in looking at the 'big picture' (aka the environment you are in) and incorporate social justice lens into my work.
I received my Masters in Counselling with a specialization in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In my first few years as a therapist, I worked with children, teens and adults in school based and outpatient treatment settings. Returning to Canada, I have had the privilege to work in private practice while also providing therapeutic services for Vancouver Coastal Health.
CREDENTIALS AND EDUCATION
REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR (RCC)
British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
To hold a RCC title means to complete the academic, competency and ethical requirements as vetted by the BCACC. I follow the outlines BCACC guidelines for ethics and standards in my work and hold good standing within the BCACC.
NORTH AMERICAN DRAMA THERAPY MEMBER
North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA)
Ongoing trainings and supervision towards Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) credential
MASTERS OF ARTS - COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY (SPECIALIZATION DRAMA THERAPY)
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Completion of Masters of Arts Degree. 780+ hours of practicum placement.