Lynn Windels

11459- RCC

MSc, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Clinic Director of Aster Wellness

Areas of Focus

Perinatal mental health (pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility) Depression, Anxiety, High Sensitivity/Highly Sensitive Person (HSP),  Immigration and other life transitions, Relationships

Who I Work With

Young adults, adults, seniors

Availability

Tuesday- morning
Wednesday – Morning/early afternoon
Thursday – morning (online only)
Friday – morning

Interesting Facts About Me

In October 2021, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter and became a first-time mother

My first language is Flemish 

I love hiking, spending time in nature, traveling, and being adventurous. I am also a huge animal lover! 

Hi! My name is Lynn and I was born and raised in Flanders, Belgium. I graduated at the University of Ghent with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. I moved to Vancouver in 2013 and became a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC soon after.

While studying at the University, my adventurous spirit took me towards a life-changing volunteer opportunity in Africa where I assisted in daily activities and counselling for troubled children and youth. This mentorship role revealed my future steps needed to pursue my goals in the counselling field. The experience in Africa made me realize how I loved to help people, and at the same time appreciate how important self-care is when feeling stressed-out or overwhelmed.

Nearing the completion of my Master’s degree in Belgium, I had been working in a psychiatric department of a general hospital in Bruges to gain experience with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues. As part of an incredible multidisciplinary team, I was relied upon to conduct group therapy, individual counselling, and psychological assessments – it seemed like the dream job! However, there was an adventure waiting for me on the other side of the world.

In order to pursue a relationship with my Canadian partner, James, I decided to immigrate to Canada, and learned first-hand the experience of immigration-related psychological struggles which made me aware of the need for support during this life transition. Because of my similar transition experience, I feel that I can empathize strongly with immigrants, and recognize the many struggles that they are going through. I have since focused a portion of my practice on immigrants and their life transitions, as well as people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, high sensitivity (Highly Sensitive Persons), relationship difficulties, and other personal challenges. 

Becoming a parent was another big life transition which made me very passionate about supporting other women and their partners during this major life change. In the perinatal mental health field, my focus is on clients who are in the pre-pregnancy decision making stage, who are experiencing difficulties trying to conceive (TTC) or are going through (secondary) explained/unexplained infertility, and who are in need of pregnancy & postpartum support. I am currently enrolled in the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Training as well. 

In my practice I have an eclectic approach, which means that I focus on what my clients need. However, I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy (SFBT), and the Bader-Pearson Developmental Model for Couples, all which I frequently utilize during my sessions.

Outside of private practice, I have additional experience in mental health working in the BC prisons, and the University of British Columbia/Faculty of Medicine with the focus on self-reflection and self-care with current doctoral students.

In my spare time, you will find me hiking the mountains with my husband, toddler, and Havanese Dog (and friends who are up for an adventure!). Nature is my number one self-care which helps me to recharge my batteries.

If you have any questions, please call Aster Wellness or send me a personal message to lynn@asterwellness.ca.

I am looking forward to working with you!

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