About me

Cheryl Austin-Brooks, MA, CCC, RCC

I believe that counselling is a collaborative effort wherein you and I bring our skills, knowledge and insights to resolve your conflicts. I am a dedicated professional and committed to providing quality counselling. For me each individual is valued for their uniqueness and acknowledging one's past, present, beliefs and values allows for the building of hopes and dreams.

 

Our sessions can offer you a sacred and safe place to deeply explore any issues  through counselling and psychoeducation to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. My own journey to wholeness is a reflection of my personal faith in Christ. I do not presume that all clients want or will be receptive to a Christian perspective in counselling. As the client, should you wish to explore issues of faith in our counselling sessions I welcome that conversation. It is not assumed that faith will be part of the counselling therapy however you have the opportunity to bring any and all faiths into the counselling session should you so desire.

 

Professional Background

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC#1580) and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#3547). I have a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I also have a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish from the University of BC. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

 

My counselling experience over the last few years has connected me with clients of diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. I have worked in community agencies providing therapy to individuals dealing with issues such as mental health, substance abuse and general personal and relationship concerns. I have also worked as a counsellor in a private men's treatment centre for addiction on the West Coast of British Columbia.

 

My work also includes providing counselling at a transition house for women who have experienced domestic, sexual and childhood abuse.

Professional Development

  • 2007 -  Gottman Institute Inc. Level 1: Marital Therapy - A Researched-Based Approach
  • 2008 - Counselling Grieving Children and Adolescents Workshop
  • 2008 - Family Matters - Transforming Families from Addiction to Healing Workshop
  • 2009 - Level 1 OEI (Observed Experiential Integration)
  • 2009 - Level II OEI (Observed Experiential Integration)
  • 2009 - Addiction and the Road to Recovery Conference
  • 2010 - Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare Workshop
  • 2010 - New Advances in Trauma Treatment Workshop
  • 2010 - Focusing Orientated Therapy Workshop
  • 2010 - Changeways Core Program for Depression
  • 2010 - Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions & Related Disorders Conference
  • 2013 - EMDR Basic Training
  • 2013 - Advanced Training Level 2 Gottman Marital Couples Therapy
  • 2013 - Level 3 Practicum Gottman Marital Couples Therapy
  • 2014 - Clinical Supervision Training
  • 2014 - EMDR Advances Addictions Training: DeTUR
  • 2015 - Mindfulness, Mindsight & Brain with Dr. Dan Siegel
  • 2015 - Couples and Addiction Recovery Training (Gottman Based)
  • 2016 - 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss (IATP)
  • 2016 - Evidence Based Trauma Treatments and Interventions (IATP)
  • 2017 - Shame and Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma

 

New Westminster:

630 Fifth Street

New Westminster, BC

V3L 2X9

 

Langley:

Serving the Langley area

 

Phone:

604-377-2843

 

Email:

info@firstlightcounselling.org

 

Or use our contact page.

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