About Crystal Arber

About Crystal Arber


Crystal Arber MSW RSW RCC

Welcome, I am glad you are here!
If you are suffering from symptoms of PTSD like intrusive thoughts due to work injuries, or childhood abuse flashbacks I am here to help.
Through the use of EMDR, I provide opportunities for people to heal from PTSD symptoms. If you would prefer to make sense of what happened to you through discussion, I am here to listen.

Personal History

When I was a child, my grandfather would sit me on his knee and watch movies with me. I remember how strong and stoic he was.  One day, while watching a movie with him, I watched him shed a tear.  In my childhood,  I had only known my grandfather as a man who was quiet and did not share emotion. I remember it was quite extraordinary to notice that tear rolling down his face.
My grandfather served in World War II and post missions. He served in the British Royal Airforce as a warrant officer. 
He suffered from PTSD.   I am very proud of my grandfather.  He was a good man who suffered in silence. He pulled up his bootstraps and carried on. In his day there was little to no help for PTSD. He had no choice but to suffer in silence. 
Before I became a therapist, I obtained my fine arts degree in theatre. I acted and directed in stage plays. Further, I worked on films as an actor, co-director and script supervisor.  It was the craft of acting that inspired me to want to understand human behaviour. This motivated me to work in the social services field.
In my spare time, I love writing music and spending time with my family.



I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master’s degree in social work. I am a registered social worker and registered clinical counsellor. I am a certified EMDR therapist and an approved EMDR consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience as a helping professional. I have completed Level I and II training through the BCPFFA to provide trauma-informed counselling to Fire Fighters and First Responders.

My background as a clinician in healthcare is in treating complex trauma and PTSD.  I worked as a trauma counsellor in health care and created an EMDR treatment program for survivors of trauma living on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
I facilitated and led workshops on Trauma-Informed Practice for health care professionals.
My passion for treating PTSD led me to work as an EMDR therapist at the BCOSI clinic.
At the clinic, I created an EMDR pilot program for the treatment of PTSD with Veterans and Emergency Services Personnel.
This program demonstrated excellent outcomes which led me to speak at the EMDR Canada Conference.
In 2019, I spoke on Using intensive EMDR for First Responders and Military in the treatment of acute stress disorder and PTSD.
Today, I work as a practicum facilitator at the BC School of Psychology teaching EMDR to student EMDR therapists
I am a cisgender white woman and I use the pronouns she/ her. I live on the land of the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory.