RACHELLE KOSTELYK PALS
REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Anxiety, depression, relationship/marital issues, anger, chronic pain, women’s issues, life direction and identity, grief and loss.
Primary modalities: EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), PCT (Person-Centered Therapy)
Bachelor’s degree (BA) from Trinity Western University
Master of Counselling (MC) from Athabasca University
Rachelle completed her undergraduate degree with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. In her final year in the program, she realized that there was one aspect of the job, in particular, that truly made her come alive—allowing individuals to be heard, known, and empowered to live in wholeness and freedom. Instead of completing her teachers training after university, Rachelle spent many years working with at-risk youth, and eventually embarked on a Masters of Counselling Psychology degree. Rachelle’s clients experience acceptance, kindness, and insight; she cares deeply about working alongside clients to pursue healing, wholeness, and hope.
I had the wonderful experience of being an intern at Alongside You in 2019/2020. During this time I was supported to experiment with and apply the skills I’d learned in school. It was a no-brainer to stay on as an Associate after my formal training, as the work culture is incredible, and it’s a place I can feel supported, and challenged to grow.
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 non-fiction, and trying to grow vegetables.
What do you consider the most important value?
I value authenticity. When a person knows who they are and what they’re about, something magical happens in that they inadvertently invite those around them to do and be the same.