Adrienne Cossom

MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW)

Areas of Focus

Relationship issues (couples, parent & teen), Addictions (including gaming), Anxiety & Depression, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Anger, Becoming the best version of yourself

Who I Work With

Couples Families Adults Teens

Availability

Tuesday morning and early afternoon | Wednesday afternoon and evening

Interesting Facts About Me

I love listening to podcasts and radio.  My COVID project was to produce and host a podcast:  Fold em: Help for Gambling Problems, which continues to release episodes.

I’m also a foodie.  I’m always trying new recipes, collecting cookbooks, and watching cooking shows.

Part of my development as a therapist has been to regularly update my knowledge and skills.  Here’s some of the more recent trainings I completed:

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level One)
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Phone and Internet Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Feedback Informed Therapy
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency
  • Working with Transgendered Individuals

Hi, I’m Adrienne, a member of the counselling team at Aster Wellness Centre.

I’m glad you’re looking at this and other counsellors’ pages.  Finding a good fit with a counsellor is so important and has a big impact on getting the results you hoped for. 

Why work with me in counselling?

 Experience: I’ve been counselling for twenty-five years and learned a lot during this time. If you would like me to share my ideas, perspective, strategies, and what has worked for others, I will.

Treatment that works for you:  I want you to get the help you need and see things change for the better. I’ll tailor a counselling plan just for you, bringing in strategies I’ve found to be effective, and incorporate your feedback along the way.

Comfort: What I commonly hear from people at the end of a first session is that I’m easy to talk to and helped them to feel comfortable. People also notice that I’m professional and committed to ethical practice. I strive to create safety in counselling. This means that I bring respect for all identities and orientations and strive to work with everyone in a collaborate way.

What is the benefit of working with a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW)?

A Registered Social Worker has met the qualifications and standards set by the BC College of Social Workers and is required to do professional development every year. 

A Registered Clinical Social Worker (which I am) is an additional designation which recognizes advanced training and skills in mental health, counselling, and human development.  An RCSW has 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised clinical experience and passed a comprehensive North American clinical board exam.

About me – Professionally and Personally

There are several educational pathways to a career in counselling. I decided to do a Master of Social Work (MSW) because I liked the focus on individuals within their communities, such as families, friendships, neighborhoods and the groups people chose to identify with, e.g. racially, spiritually, or in terms of gender). I also liked that Social Work prioritizes making the world a more equitable and just place. 

After getting an MSW from the University of Toronto, I stayed in Ontario for another seven years and worked as a counsellor at a women’s health centre and a sexual assault care centre and helped survivors of crimes navigate the court system.  This included working with men who had been sexually abused when they were young.

I grew up in Victoria (with a few years in both Regina and Waterloo) so my partner and I returned to British Columbia when our kids were young to be close to family.  We eventually settled in Port Coquitlam where we’ve lived for the past twenty years. During this time, I worked at SHARE Family and Community Services providing subsidized and free counselling to individuals, families, and couples in the Tri-Cities. I’m comfortable with having more than one person in the counselling room and welcome spouses, family, and support people to join in.

I’ve facilitated a lot of groups, including for depression, anxiety, mindfulness and addressing addiction, and I’ll often recommend groups to learn more about a particular issue and get relief from knowing you are not alone. 

It’s important to me to help people with whatever they bring to counselling, so I’ve helped with a wide range of issues.  However, there are some in which I have more experience and training.  See my areas of focus on the left side of this page.

How to connect with me

If you would like to chat further, don’t hesitate to reach out to Aster Wellness at 604-474-2790. 

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