Online Therapist

As a trans and queer online therapist in BC, my aim is to provide evidence-based mental health counselling to support those who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+. You’re not alone. And it gets better.

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I’m Clayre Sessoms and my pronouns are she/her. I’m a white settler who lives and works on the land of Coast Salish communities, namely Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. I received my master’s level education as a counsellor and art therapist from Adler University. My practicum sites included Qmunity, Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, and Adler University. Today I work as a sexual assault counsellor at a local rape crisis centre and I provide clinical counselling in my body-inclusive, queer informed, trauma-aware, and client-centred private practice, centred on providing mental health counselling to trans*, Two Spirit, and gender diverse individuals who may suffer from anxiety, depression, dissociation, C/PTSD, or other concerns. 

For more than twenty years I have provided one-on-one mental health support, led workshops, and consulted individuals that wanted to get to the heart of the matter, working primarily in the areas of clinical counselling, therapeutic massage and bodywork, yoga, community wellness, disability advocacy, and LGBTQ2SIA+ activism.

I believe that as we begin to heal ourselves, we gain the capacity and strength necessary to help others. My eclectic approach isn’t just about addressing mental health issues, it’s about helping you to consider new ways to heal your life so that you may be more present with yourself, your family, and your community.

Currently, I’m studying Dr. Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a trauma-informed body-centred approach to working with dissociation, attachment harm, and traumatic injury. An integral part of my training has been consulting with Dr. Janina Fisher, trauma expert and creator of Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment. 

I’ve completed requirements to become a certified Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist, which involves working with the felt sense. I’m also an experienced practitioner of Trauma-informed Art Therapy, EMDR (Level 2), and Narrative Therapy. Committed to anti-racism, I regularly seek opportunities to become a more vocal anti-racist.

As your psychotherapist, I bring a warm, caring, and good-humoured presence to my work. I aim to facilitate an experience that’s grounded in feminism, queerness, neuroscience, and social justice. As someone with lived experiences of disability-based discrimination and marginalization by gender, I feel it’s appropriate to share that I’m trans, queer, and partially blind with the sole aim of reaching clients who may be troubled by ableism or gender-based harm.

Contact me with any questions about my practice and how I work. Let’s explore how to feel like yourself again as you rediscover the inner strength to live your most authentic life.

Clayre Sessoms, MCP-AT, RCC, CCC
she/her/hers

My Résumé

Contracted Service ProviderBC Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP), Mental Health Service Provider; First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Benefit Programs: Mental Wellness and Counselling Program, Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program, and The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Program
Professional AffiliationsRegistered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #18118, British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC); Professional Member #55316780, Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA); Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) #10006504, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA); and Member, Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH)
EducationMCP-AT, Adler University; BA, Communication Studies, Thomas Edison State College; 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Satchidananda Ashram; and Bodywork Training, Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health
Work ExperienceRegistered Clinical Counsellor and Professional Art Therapist, Private Practice; Sexual Assault Counsellor, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre; Practicum Student Counsellor and Art Therapist, Vancouver Women's Health Collective; Practicum Student Counsellor, Qmunity; and Volunteer, Trans Lifeline
PresentationsExploring Mindfulness through the Senses, Vancouver Women's Health Collective; On Belonging: A Parenting Workshop, Adler University; Schizophrenia, Adler University; The Adult Attachment Interview, Adler University; Trans* and Gender Diversity Competencies for Clinical Counsellors, Adler University; and How We Communicate, Interlink
Professional DevelopmentComplex Trauma and Dissociation with Dr. Janina Fisher, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Developmental Injury, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Affect Dysregulation, Survival Responses, and Trauma Memory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; The Relational Nature of Shame: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA); Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy, International Focusing Institute; Foundations: 5-day Narrative Therapy Training, Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy; 3-day Advanced Practice: Developing Narrative Therapy Questions, Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy; Laughter Yoga, Satchidananda Ashram; Creativity, Symbolism, and Metaphor, Adler University; Cows Can Be Purple, Adler University; safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone, LivingWorks; Opioid Overdose Response Training, St John's Ambulance; Holotropic Breathwork Workshop, Dr. Carolyn Green; Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), UMass Memorial Healthcare and Center for Mindfulness; EMDR Training Course: Integrating EMDR into Your Practice, Roy Kiessling; ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, LivingWorks; Motivational Interviewing, Psychwire; and Online Communication Training for Anti Violence Workers, BCSTH
Business Registration and LicensureBC Business Number, 72267 2730 BC0001; City of Vancouver Business License, 20-323433
Board of DirectorsVancouver Women's Health Collective, Board Member, 2020-2021
ActivismOrganizer and Speaker, Rally Against Transphobia

Therapeutic Framework

Body-centred

Body-centred is an approach that integrates the felt sense there in your body and values the connection of mind and body in your healing process.

Queer Humanistic

A queer-inclusive client-centred approach that rejects therapist as expert and values self-exploration, holistic integration, and validation of all clients’ potential.

Trauma-informed

A trauma-informed approach seeks to know the present impact of past experiences and considers how that may influence your efforts to cope. 

 

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The details

Appointments

Online therapy sessions are powered by Jane App. Each telehealth session lasts 50 minutes. 

Insurance

I do not bill your insurer. Upon payment I issue a receipt for you to submit for reimbursement.

Cancellations

Failure to give 24-hours notice for cancelling or rescheduling will require the full session fee.

Payments

I require payment by e-transfer or credit card at the beginning of your online therapy session.

Fees

$165+GST per 50-minute session for individuals and $195+GST per 50-minute session for families. 

Reduced Rates

CVAP clients pay a reduced fee of $70 CAD. FNHA-eligible clients receive free counselling.

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Complete the contact form on this site or leave a voicemail at 778-302-3187 to book your session with an experienced online therapist.