Linnea Saltel (she/her), MCP, RCC #19061
In my work as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I approach wellness from a holistic and trauma-informed perspective; I aim to consider the variety of factors that contribute to mental health and overall well-being. I view counselling as a collaborative process where clients can feel empowered in leveraging their own unique strengths and resources. I'm interested in building relationships in which clients can feel heard, validated, and supported in navigating their inner and outer experiences so that they can live fuller and more balanced lives.
Throughout my work I strive to maintain a space that is anti-oppressive and culturally-sensitive; a space that honours individuals’ multiple intersecting identities so that they’re able to show up as themselves and feel “safe-enough” within the therapeutic setting.
Though I have experience in a variety of areas of practice (see below), I am especially passionate about providing guidance in coping with trauma and PTSD. Being a survivor of trauma myself, I have know intimately what it's like to experience trauma, and what it's like to be on a healing path. My experiences have both led me and lent themselves in my work, and it's an honour to be able to work closely with others in this way.
I gratefully reside and work on the unceded traditional territories of Qualicum and Snaw'naw'as (also known as Parksville). Outside of my work, I love being outdoors in nature - either walking my dog, paddle-boarding, running, or road-biking. I also enjoy reading, making art, and spending time with loved ones.
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My work is informed by a number of models of counselling, including the following:
Person-Centred Psychotherapy: This type of therapy emphasizes empathy and unconditional positive regard. It also de-centres the counsellor as the expert, which enables clients to count on their strengths and inner knowledge to arrive at their own conclusions.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT integrates mindfulness with values-based action - rather than trying to change our thoughts, behaviours, and feelings, we can instead change our relationship with them, and learn to live in a way that is aligned with what is most important to us.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP): Trauma is a very normal reaction to distressful circumstances that overwhelm our abilities to cope, and the result is that our bodies respond in ways that allows us to continue to function (that is, symptoms of trauma such as hyper vigilance, numbing-out, reliving the event, etc). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy utilizes the body as a resource to change patterns of dysregulation and increase a sense of safety.
Other counselling modalities I draw from in my work include Intersectional Feminism, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
- Trauma and PTSD
- School and Career
- Motivation and Goal-setting
- Body Image
- 2S/LGBTQIA+ concerns
- Communication and Boundaries
- Harm Reduction
- Relationship Concerns
- Grief and Loss
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 supervision to further supplement 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
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