About Janèle Lajoie

My passion for helping clients navigate challenging life events and mental health concerns comes from my lived experience of depression and anxiety from a young age. I was fascinated to learn more about psychology and then ultimately went on to build a fulfilling career supporting others in their healing process.

 

As an individual beyond the therapy room, I am focused on reducing the negative stigma and hush-hush around mental health.

Having worked in various social services sectors for over 10 years (immigration, disability support, outreach, cultural safety, social work), I now practice from a trauma-informed, intersectional and anti-oppressive framework as a Counsellor. This means that I am sensitive towards the social and cultural aspects of your life and their role in making you who you are - and don't judge you for it!

 

I pick skills from my expertise that best apply to your presenting concern and combine them to make our time most effective. I am trained in working with Somatic, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioural, Compassionate Inquiry, Attachment-based, Internal family systems, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and feminist therapy modalities to also work with survivors of trauma, sexual assault, domestic abuse, postpartum depression, menopause, individuals and partners experiencing issues with sex and sexuality, and the LGBTQ2SIA+ community.

 

I am a queer woman with French ancestry, and my work takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. I am committed to creating a practice that centers on decolonization, intersecting identities and transformative justice.

I would love to hear your questions over a free 20-min consult - book a time with me here.

 

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Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)

Image by Asal Lotfi

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Masters of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

 

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology, University of Victoria

 

Diploma, Intercultural Education, University of Victoria

 

San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program, Provincial Health Services Authority

Indigenous Awareness Training, Lea Nicholas-MacKenzie and Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph

Transgender Inclusion 101, Prism Services, Vancouver Coastal Health

 

Harm Reduction and Opioid Overdose Response Training, The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

 

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Training, Foundry Vancouver, Providence Healthcare

 

Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy Level 1, Centre for Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy & Training

Intro to Art Therapy: Using Creativity to Support Your Clients and Yourself, Katrina Grabner, RCC-AT

Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Helping Children Health from Complex Trauma Workshop, The Children’s Foundation

 

Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with Children & Youth Training, Justice Institute of British Columbia

 

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Crisis Prevention Institute

 

Person-centred Thinking Training, The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices, INC.

 

Orientation Training for Support Refugee Mental Health, Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture

Trauma Informed Practice: Intro to trauma Counselling-Therapy, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, BC Chapter

Yoga Fitness Leader Part 1 Training, Red Door Yoga

Languages (Native): English, French

 

Pronouns: She/Her

 

SESSIONS OFFERED:

 

Initial Phone Consultation Session (20 mins) - FREE - BOOK HERE

Individual Counselling Session (50 mins) - $130 CAD (plus GST)

Individual Counselling Session (80 mins) $180 CAD (plus GST)

Relationship Counselling Session (80 mins) $200 CAD (plus GST)

Relationship Counselling Session (100 mins) $220 CAD (plus GST)

Family Counselling Session (80 mins) $200 CAD (plus GST)

Family Counselling Session (100 mins) $220 CAD (plus GST)

 

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) provider

Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) provider