Wayne De Connick

12494- RCC

MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

Areas of Focus

Chronic pain / pain management 
Building resilience
self-esteem & self-acceptance
Stress & burnout 
Trauma (PTSD) 

Who I Work With

Adults, couples, students


Wednesday – mornings and early afternoon

Interesting Facts About Me

I love fantasy and science fiction

I like to recharge my batteries by taking walks in nature

My first love was a Golden Cocker Spaniel named Rusty

Greetings! My name is Wayne and I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout Sub-Saharan Africa; an adventure that brought me into contact with individuals who held different world-views and observances. During my youth I saw the abolition of apartheid, witnessed South Africa’s transition to democracy, and beheld a proud nation emerge as a formidable contender on the international stage. My experiences in Africa have endowed me with a deep appreciation for the complexity, and fragility, of the human condition. In 2001 my family and I immigrated to Canada and settled here in beautiful British Columbia.

My interest in the manner in which cultural norms and societal dynamics impact human behaviour led me to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. While completing my undergraduate studies at SFU a family member became terminally ill; this wrenching experience set me on a new path, and occasioned me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University.

Towards the end of my graduate studies I completed a clinical practicum in a pain management clinic in Vancouver; where I was part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. During my tenure at the pain management clinic I provided individual and group counselling, and had the opportunity to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of clinical issues. One aspect of my practicum entailed helping clients to develop emotional resiliency in order that they could return to their employers and effectively re-engage with their work and colleagues.

Shortly after graduating from Adler University I became a Registered Clinical Counsellor and joined Oak Counselling Services Society (OCSS). My experience at OCSS was immensely rewarding and solidified my conviction that the human spirit has the capacity for forgiveness, the ability to heal, and the courage to emerge from tragedy and personal setbacks. Indeed, I have been privileged to walk alongside my clients and witness their remarkable journeys.

In terms of my approach to counselling, I utilise a variety of techniques; however, I work primarily from a model known as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), which was developed by Dr Albert Ellis. REBT is considered a constructivist approach and places an emphasis upon choice, responsibility and agency. The underlying constructs of REBT resonate strongly with Western and Eastern philosophies, and therefore hold a great deal of cross-cultural appeal. REBT shares much in common with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as other behavioural approaches such as Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Furthermore, REBT has generated an impressive body of research and is generally considered to be an efficacious treatment. In addition to utilizing REBT, I have received specialized training in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, which was developed by Dr. Edna B. Foa specifically for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PE falls under the rubric of CBT and is now supported by more than 20 years of research.  

I believe that, regardless of the techniques or theoretical orientation employed, establishing an authentic relationship is of paramount importance within a counselling setting. Moreover, I believe that it is important to honour my clients’ innate wisdom, and create an environment wherein my clients can feel safe, accepted and understood.  

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