• Crystal  graduated from the University of British Columbia  with a masters degree in social work. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers. Crystal is a certified EMDR therapist  and an Approved  EMDR consultant. She is an active member of consulting EMDR  (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing) group. She is also the Regional Coordinator for EMDR for Vancouver.
  • She  has over twenty years experience working with youth, families, and adults within the private and the mental health continuum for public health care. She has a strong background in addictions treatment, prevention, and has worked as a clinician, team leader, and educator for mental health.Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD  using EMDR.
  • She has worked on the Downtown East side of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, and has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit.She has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psycho-educational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The groups success led to over 100 graduates in three years.
  • Crystal is also an educator and has facilitated workshops about Trauma Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. She was a guest speaker at St Paul’s Psychiatric Rounds Department, UBC School of Social Work, as well as primary care clinics in Vancouver Coastal Health.
  • She presently works as an EMDR therapist  at the BCOSI clinic treating PTSI for military and Emergency Responders as well as works with families and couples.
  • She is currently using  an intensive EMDR template ( Four  days of three hour sessions)  for treating post traumatic injury with First Responders and Military as well an  EMDR consultant in training for the BC OSI Veteran Affairs clinic.


  • BC Association of Social Workers
  • Registered Member of the BC College of Social Workers
  • Member of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Member of EMDR Canada
  • Member of EMDRIA


  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Approved  EMDR Consultant
  • Advanced EMDR and Early Trauma Protocol Katie O’shea
  • Advanced EMDR Addictions DeTUR- EMDRIA
  • Advanced Utilization of EMDR with trauma and dissociative symptoms – EMDR Institute
  • Advanced EMDR Dissociation:  Looking Through the Eyes ( Online Distance Certification).  Sandra Paulsen PhD
  • CPT on- line Training course for Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • CBT  Essentials – Association of Psychology Therapies
  • DBT Validation and Chain Analysis- Behavior Institute
  • Gottman Couples online certification
  • Julie Gottman PTSD couples counselling
  • Safe Conversations From Conflict to Connection (IMAGO)
  • Group Therapy: A live Demonstration Victor Yalom PhD
  • IMAGO workshop Getting The Love You Want ( Couples)
  • Emotional freedom Therapy for couples certification.
  • Relational Therapy for marriage and couples.

Counselling Modalities

Occasionally people will ask me if I use specific therapeutic techniques. Here is a list of some of the counselling modalities I have used or use:

Trauma  PTSD and Complex PTSD Modalities

  • EMDR  Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior therapy for Trauma
  • DBT Dialectic Behavior Therapy
  • Ego State
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Trauma Education
  • PTSD therapy for couples

Other Modalities 

  • Solutions Focused
  • Imago and Crucible theory for couples
  • Gottman couples therapy
  • Relational couples Therapy
  • Short Term Psycho Dynamic Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Addictions including EMDR DeTUR Protocol
  • Family Systems
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Adlerian Family Theory
  • Existential/ Vikto Frankl
  • Jungian
  • Dream analysis
  • Adlerian:  mistaken goals/lifestyle assessment
  • Feminist
  • Lifestyle
  • Grief and Loss

To book an appointment please call Crystal 604 340 4529

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