Kelsey Siemens (MA, CCC, RCC)

Kelsey Siemens

Email Kelsey at kelsey@lavendercounselling.com

I consider it an immense honour to create a space for individuals to access, and experience profound healing and a deeper connection with self and others. We all need to have our stories received with empathy and understanding in order to grow and to make meaning out of our difficult experiences. It is my priority to provide you with a safe, compassionate and attuned environment, from which you can explore yourself and your experiences. The decision to pursue healing and growth through counselling is an incredibly courageous one. It is my hope to meet you wherever you are at, and to walk alongside you in your journey.

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA, University of the Fraser Valley) and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (MA, Trinity Western University). I am both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Clinical Counsellor. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and a level II certified Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI) therapist (level II), which are therapeutic approaches for treating trauma. I have been trained as a sex therapist, and am currently in the process of obtaining ASSECT certification.

I primarily work with adult individuals on a broad range of issues, including (but not limited to) PTSD and complex-PSTD, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation, sexual difficulties and spirituality. My heart feels particularly drawn to working with individuals who have experienced trauma, relational wounding and/or neglect. I am also passionate about helping men and women embrace their bodies and their sexuality. My current research focuses on the experiences of men and women who have been able to work through sexual shame, and who have come to love and accept their sexuality with their whole selves. This research has taught me many lessons-- importantly, it was through these stories that I began to understand how imperative relationships are in our healing process.

I am pleased to accept funding from CVAP (Crime Victim's Assistance Program).

“There is no place so awake and so alive as on the edge of becoming. But more than that, birthing the type of [person] who can authentically say, ‘My soul is my own,’ and then embody it in [their] life, [their] spirituality, and [their] community is worth the risk and hardship.”
-Sue Monk Kidd

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