Linnea Saltel (she/her), MCP, RCC #19061
Welcome - I'm so glad you're here!
The quality of the counselling relationship is a key ingredient for therapy to be effective, so I work to prioritize safety and trust within the relationship. I will often check-in about how things are going for you during our sessions, and I encourage constructive feedback. I recognize that every individual’s needs and goals are different, so I will work with you to determine what types of modalities and interventions will be the most beneficial.
I tend to be conversational and collaborative in my work. During our sessions, you can expect to be met with warmth, curiosity, compassion, and at times, humour. I seek to make counselling a relaxed and safe-enough experience so you can explore what's most important to you.
As a counsellor, I strive to highlight clients' existing strengths and resources, while also uncovering new ones. Because individuals don't exist in isolation, I am committed to working from trauma-informed and anti-oppressive frameworks. That is, acknowledging the differential impacts of trauma, and seeking to understand multiple intersecting factors (such as gender, sexual orientation, race, and socioeconomic status) that contribute to who you are in the context of society and its systems.
I am a heterosexual cisgender woman of European descent. I am Canadian-born; I grew up in the provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, and as an adult relocated to the West coast in 2011. At a young age, I endured tragedy that changed the course of my life and resulted in my experiences of acute trauma and complicated grief. Through my experiences and in attending my own counselling as a client, I developed my interest in counselling psychology and what it means to heal.
I reside and work on the unceded traditional territories of Qualicum and Snaw'naw'as (also known as Parksville on Vancouver Island). Outside of my work, I love being outdoors in nature - either walking my dog (a sassy husky-cross named Reno!), paddle-boarding, or running. I also enjoy reading, creating art, and spending time with loved ones.
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- Trauma and PTSD
- Body Image and Self-Worth
- Harm Reduction
- Relational Concerns and Communication
- Grief and Loss
- School and Career
- 2S/LGBTQ+ Allied
My work is informed by a number of models of counselling, including the following:
- Person-Centred Psychotherapy
- Intersectional Feminism and Anti-Oppressive Practice
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Attachment Theory
I completed my graduate degree at Adler University in Vancouver and my undergrad degree at the University of Victoria. I have over a decade of combined education and experience in various settings in the fields of social justice and mental health - some of these include my roles as a college counsellor, project manager at a harm reduction organization, front-desk and intake at a women's shelter, and research assistant in the department of social psychology at UVic. I continually seek ongoing training and clinical consultation to further support my work.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes, Level 1 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
- Gottman Method Couple's Training, Level 1 Certificate - Gottman Institute
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and More - PESI
- San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training - First Nations Health Authority