andrea fonseca counsellor at alongside you

Andrea Fonseca

MCP, RCC, CCC

Associate, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor

 

Specialties: Generalized & Social Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Self-Identity, Child and Youth Mental Health, School and Career Guidance, Family Conflict, Acculturative Stress, Trans-generational Trauma, Racial Identity, Intergenerational Cultural Dissonance, Attachment Issues, Adoption

 

Education:

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of British Columbia

 

Professional Registrations & Certification:

Registered as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Registration #14235

Registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Registration #1009895

 

Advanced Training:

Telehealth Training – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Counsellor Education Program
Indigenous Canada Course – University of Alberta

 

About Andrea

My journey to become a clinical counsellor began while I was still in high school where I was given the opportunity to take an elective psychology course. After learning the fundamentals about how individuals behave, think and feel, I wanted to understand more about the human experience in a way that could improve overall functioning and establish inner peace. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology and family studies while working with several non-profit organizations to
develop and enhance allied health services for children, youth, adults and families in South Delta. Shortly after this, I completed my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology where I became deeply attuned the challenges that cause us to remain stuck in our distress.

It is my desire to help you live as freely as possible. In our work together I want to help you reclaim your life’s purpose, lessen your burden and walk you through your healing. I feel strongly about providing a safe and non-judgmental space where you feel empowered and understood. My approach to helping clients is grounded in collaboration and compassion. I believe the work we do is not only rooted in the therapeutic alliance we create but in our ability to award mutual trust and honesty to one another.

 

When and why did you join Alongside You?

I deeply admire the dedication, compassion and accessibility that Alongside You awards to clients. As a long-term resident of South Delta, it has always been a goal of mine to be able to offer services and give back to the community in which I was raised.

 

What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?

If I did not become a therapist I would have pursued some form of writing or journalism. I believe language gives us the potential to transform ourselves by communicating our experiences and discover shared meaning through our narratives,

 

How do you relax when you are outside of work?

I love spending time in nature with my husband and dog. We are always looking for new places to explore in our own community. I also enjoy curling up with a big bowl of popcorn and a riveting horror novel or movie when I can’t make it outdoors.

 

What do you consider the most important value?

It’s difficult for me to select just one! However, balance, growth and vulnerability are a few core values that truly resonate with me. When we continue to strive for growth, practice balance in our work and personal lives, and are honest with ourselves and others about our experiences it leaves room for everything else to fall into place.

 

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