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What I Bring to Our Sessions

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC #1327). I obtained a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and also hold B.A. and B.Ed. degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

I am a trauma-informed counsellor which means I am trained, aware and sensitive to the complex issues and needs of clients whom have experienced (childhood) trauma in all its forms (abuse, military service, accidents, deaths).  Read my article around the importance of trauma-informed society and hear my podcast about trauma.

I understand the role that grief and loss play in a person’s life and psyche, with unresolved grief playing a huge part in how one functions.

My approach to addictions is one which integrates recent research on brain chemistry, relapse prevention, addressing underlying feelings and beliefs, 12-step wisdom, and regaining a more positive sense of self.  Recovery is more than stopping using!

A specialization in Depth Psychology exists which explores the unconscious by integrating the use of dreams, images, body and inward exploration while looking at current symptoms and everyday events. Depth psychology allows a better understanding of how underlying values and beliefs influence decisions and choices.

I also offer EMDR when appropriate to help clients let go of disturbing or haunting emotional events/memories as well as negative beliefs (e.g., “I am worthless,” “I don’t matter,” etc.) that hinder self-esteem and moving forward in a more true-to-self and enriching manner.

Training includes:

  • EMDR Levels 1 & 2 (Sue Genest)
  • Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 (Gottman Institute)
  • Anxiety: Practical Intervention Strategies (CTRI)
  • The Psychology of Financial Wellbeing (Jose Haime Guerrero)
  • Death as the Capstone of Individuation (Seth Rubin; Jung Institute of San Francisco)
  • Meaning Centred Therapy (Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, INPM)
  • The Biology of Loss (Gabor Maté)
  • Traumatic Grief  (Theresa Rando); Spiritual Care & Grief  (Kenneth Doka)
  • Understanding Your Grief and The Art of Companioning the Mourner (Dr. Alan Wolfelt)
  • Untold Stories, Unlived Lives (James Hollis)
  • Trauma, Addiction & Healing (Gabor Maté)
  • Practical Tools for the Traumatized Client (CAST Canada)
  • Mind, Brain and Body: Trauma, Neurobiology & the Healing Relationship (Allan Schore, Donald Kalsched, James Hopper, Marion Woodman)
  • Voice Therapy & the Inner Critic (Glendon Association)
  • Mindfulness & Stress Management (Dr. Kate Partridge)
  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction Facilitator (Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse)
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention
  • Eating Disorders and Trauma
  • Resiliency and Posttraumatic Growth
  • Art, Play, Drama, Music and Bibliotherapy with Traumatized Children
  • Zero to Three – Trauma Intervention for Infants

Extensive knowledge and experience exists in the effects of trauma on the brain and on one’s sense of Self, and in best practices used to treat clients who have experienced trauma. I have a strong understanding of the connection among emotions, disease and mental health. To read the abstract of my thesis entitled The Middle Ground of Trauma: Where Neuroscience Meets Depth Psychology, click here.

Call (250-586-7380) or email to arrange a complimentary 15-minute phone or in-person consultation.

I have worked with clients dealing with these concerns:

  • Life transitions (e.g., adolescence, mid-life, divorce)
  • Childhood/adult sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Being an adult child of an alcoholic or dysfunctional parent/family
  • Living with an addictive partner
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Loss of meaning in life
  • Grief, death, losses
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Death of a loved one or pet
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Anger

Work Experience includes

  • Counsellor & Community Educator (Nanaimo Community & Oceanside Hospice Society)
  • EFAP Counsellor (Homewood Health, Ceridian Lifeworks)
  • Adult Disordered Eating counsellor (AFSSC)
  • Integrated Health Network – Oceanside (Island Health)
  • Sexual Assault Centre London (Counsellor)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (Crisis Outreach Worker)
  • Changing Ways (Men-Who-Abuse Partners, Group Facilitator)
  • London & District Distress Centre (Crisis Line Worker)
  • Supervised clinical assessment and treatment (Psychometrist & Psychotherapist)
  • CAST Canada, Associate


A complimentary 15-minute phone or in-person consultation is available. Call (250-586-7380) or email to arrange a convenient time for you.

Sessions are 50 minutes in length (taxes incl). Cash, cheques & e-transfers      (to be made prior to the session)  are accepted. Appointments are available Monday & Wednesday:  9-6 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 9 – 3 pm.  Tues & Thurs – limited evening spots.   Feel free to discuss fees with me.

I am an EAP provider for Homewood Health and Ceridian Lifeworks. You may be eligible for short-term subsidized counselling via SOS District 69, for which I am a counsellor.  I am also an approved counsellor with the First Nations Health Authority.

Rates as of September 1, 2018

If total household income is:

0 – $60,000      = $90/session

$60 – 80,000   = $95/session

$80 – 100,000    = $100/session

$100 – 120,000  = $110/session

>$120,000        = $120/session

And the time came when the

risk to remain tight in a bud

was more painful than the

risk it took to blossom.   – Anais Nin

Call (250-586-7380) or email to arrange a complimentary 15-minute phone or in-person consultation. Parksville location.

Diane Hancox, MA, CCC provides counselling services to Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.