Depression, Anxiety, Immigration and life transitions, Relationships
Students, Adults, Couples
Nature is my number one self-care
I absolutely admire animals/wildlife
Traveling and getting in contact with different cultures, makes me a better person
Hi! My name is Lynn and I was born and raised in Flanders, Belgium. I graduated at the University of Ghent with a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. I moved to Vancouver in 2013 and became a Registered Clinical Counsellor 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 in an orphanage. This mentor-ship 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 in need, 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, 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, relationship difficulties, and other personal challenges. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy (SFBT), which I mostly use during sessions.
Outside of private practice, I served the BC prison system for two years, providing mental health intake of inmates. Additionally, I have been a group facilitator at the University of British Columbia/Faculty of Medicine with the focus on self-reflection and self-care with current doctoral students.
I passionately believe that training and education are a life-long process. I recently completed the Bader-Pearson Developmental Model for couples-therapy (level two) at the Good Life Therapy Centre, which complements my prior work in couples-therapy in Belgium and I am excited to incorporate this model into my current practice.
When necessary, I also provide counselling in Dutch.
If you have any questions, please call Aster Wellness or send me a personal message to [email protected].
I am looking forward to working with you!