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chantelle phillips counselling intern

RACHELLE KOSTELYK PALS

MC, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Special Interests

Chronic pain and illness, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disturbances, Relationship/marriage concerns, Attachment, Anger, Trauma, Stress management, Life direction and identity, Grief and loss, Parenting, Family conflict

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Trinity Western University
  • Master of Counselling (MC), Athabasca University

 

Professional Registrations & Certifications

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). RCC #18220.

 

Advanced Training

  • When Love Hurts anti-violence training for helping professionals

 

About Rachelle

I completed my undergraduate degree with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. In my final year in the program, I realized one aspect of the job, in particular, that truly made me come alive—allowing individuals to be heard, known, and empowered to live in wholeness and freedom. Instead of completing my teacher training after University, I spent many years working with at-risk youth, simultaneously completing a Masters degree in counselling.

I draw on various modalities depending on the client and their presenting concern. Most often I draw on MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), and somatic work, always grounded in attachment, trauma-informed, and strength-based theories.

 

When and why did Rachelle join Alongside You?

Alongside You is a place where I have been encouraged to be myself, to trust my instincts, and to cultivate my skills as a therapist. I joined in 2019 because I felt excited about their vision, and appreciated the culture of creativity and integrity.

 

What would Rachelle be doing if she did not pursue the career path she has right now?

If I wasn’t a therapist, I would have honed my skills as a songwriter and composed songs for other artists to perform, all from the comfort of a quiet room with a view of the ocean, and a piano, whilst sipping a good cup of coffee. (Disclaimer: this may or may not be an actual, real job).

 

How does Rachelle relax when she is outside of work?

I spend time with my husband and our three young boys. Together we enjoy (short) hikes, bike rides, music, food, and being near the ocean. When I am alone I enjoy learning new recipes, playing music, reading, and trying to grow vegetables.

 

What does Rachelle consider to be the most important value?

I value curiosity and openness. I want to be growing and evolving as a person, and this is how I witness it happening meaningfully in others.

 

Interested in hearing more from Rachelle?

You can read her blog posts here.