Darya Gilbert

Student Therapist

Areas of Focus

LGBTQUIA2S+ issues
Relationship challenges
Personal identity
Life and career transitions

Who I Work With

Adults, couples


Tuesdays, TBD

Interesting Facts About Me

I enjoy travelling and exploring new places through discovering the local food scene.

I speak fluent Russian, Belarusian, English, and French, basic German, and restaurant-level Italian.

Going on long bike rides, being in nature, experiencing art, and listening to music are my favourite ways to reconnect with myself and the world.

My girlfriend and I have the sweetest pet bearded dragon named Sushi and he loves classical music.

I grew up in Belarus, obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Events Management in Switzerland, lived and worked in Hong Kong and Switzerland, and built a successful career in restaurant management in Vancouver, BC over the last 6 years. I hold a Life Coaching Certificate and am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

My experience in the hospitality industry has given me many interpersonal and organizational skills, such as mediating conflict, reading people, anticipating their needs, and supporting and uplifting team members. My international experience and exposure to different cultures give me cultural sensitivity and humility when working with clients of various backgrounds. The topics of social justice, LGBTQIA2S+ rights, feminism, inclusion, and equality are important to me, and I aspire to be an advocate for people in need.

My own journey in therapy inspired me to pursue my oldest dream – to be a counsellor myself and help others reach their full potential. Building a meaningful relationship with clients is most important to me; I am empathetic, compassionate, self-aware, and humble. I value every client’s right to determine what their journey is and believe that everyone has what it takes to be the best version of themselves inside them already. I believe that being a counsellor will give me a bigger purpose in life than working in hospitality as it is important for me to feel like I am making a real difference in the world. I hold myself up to high ethical standards and am committed to continued learning.

My approach is flexible and tailored to the needs of each client. My preference lies with a trauma-informed approach to counselling while relying on Person-Centered, Narrative, Adlerian, and Psychodynamic modalities, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I integrate psychoeducation into my sessions to ensure the client is informed about the processes they are experiencing.

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