Low-Cost Counselling

Finances should never be a barrier to getting help.

 Counselling is most effective when you receive it regularly. If costs get in the way, we are pleased to offer $50 individual and couples sessions.

Thrive supports graduate counsellors in training so as to provide you with low-cost therapy.

Erin Kaufmann, Intern Counsellor

  • Committed and caring support, available for weekly sessions
  • Receives ongoing supervision from centre director to help guide treatment
  • $50 fifty-minute sessions for individuals or couples
  • Covered under most Extended Benefits Plans

 

Erin is available for the first week of September. Please sign up with connect@thrivedowntown.com to begin sessions then. 

Erin’s Full Bio

I am driven by curiosity and appreciation of the human experience. I have a lot of practice sitting with discomfort, tuning in to subtle details, and getting beneath the surface. I want to understand what matters to you, what you wrestle with, what helps you feel safe and seen, and what moves you.

I specialize in working with trauma, chronic stress, and overwhelm. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, which is a trauma resolution approach that focuses on the nervous system. Trauma can lead to the nervous system getting stuck in self protective patterns (Think: Fight/Flight/Freeze). The aim of this work is to reconnect with the body, support healthy self and co-regulation, and shift those stuck patterns. This creates more space for being present in the flow of your life, more access to nuance and choice, and a greater sense of resilience.

My approach is relational, attachment-focused, and anti-oppressive. This means I prioritize your safety and security as a foundational part of the therapeutic process. It also means I understand that systematic inequalities impact our relationship with safety and how we move in the world. This is why we work at the pace of the body, which is slowly and gently, ensuring that whatever comes up is given the space it needs to be processed and integrated.

It is a great honour to be invited along on someone’s healing journey. I take my role as compassionate witness and supporter seriously. I try my best to live what I practice, which means I regularly receive both personal therapy and clinical supervision, I cultivate strong relationships with my partner, children, and the natural world, and I am constantly engaged in expressions of creativity, humour, and play. I am actively working to reclaim skills and relationships that connect me with the land and community, and to break cycles of intergenerational trauma.

I live on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm ( Musqueam ), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh ( Tsleil-Waututh ) First Nations. My work is fuelled by intersectional feminism, justice, and compassion. I am a queer, non-binary practitioner (they/she) who is LGBTQIA2S+ affirming, sex-positive, and committed to ongoing learning, unlearning, and repair.

Specialties

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Sexual abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Reproductive trauma
  • Postpartum challenges
  • Shame and self-worth
  • Stress and burnout
  • Hyper-vigilance and anxiety

    Approaches

    • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
    • Polyvagal theory
    • Attachment theory
    • Anti-oppressive practice
    • Trauma-informed practice
    • Relational practice

    Your Questions

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    How many sessions does therapy take?

    Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.

    How often should I come?

    When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.

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    Does insurance cover your fees?
    Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under most Extended Health Plans, but always call or check online to ensure your plan covers counselling specifically.
    What is a session like?

    You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.