604.227.0297 [email protected]

Serena Slatten

MCP, RCC, Counsellor at Thrive Downtown

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver 


  • Addiction
  • Codependency
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Men’s issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and PTSD



  • Person-Centered therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Trauma-informed therapy
  • Attachment-based therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Strengths-based therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
Whatever has brought you here – the weariness of depression, the struggle of addiction, the heaviness of anxiety, the uncertainty of life in its entirety – I welcome you. Whether you have experienced a trauma, are going through a life transition, or just need someone to talk to, someone who will listen without judgement or scorn, my passion and goal as a clinician is to hold the space for you, walk with you through the darkness, guide you to peace and well-being, and help you to live a life you love.
I specialize in working with individuals who are in active addiction and in recovery from addiction; however, my scope does not end there. Additionally, I guide clients through navigating other conflicts that life presents, from toxic relationships to codependency to suicidal ideation. I take an empowering, holistic approach to rebuild self-love, self-worth, self-respect, and damaged relationships.

I understand and respect how the vulnerability in healing can be difficult and even terrifying. My hope and intent is to provide you with a safe and compassionate environment for you to be heard, respected, and understood, so that you may heal and thrive. It is my privilege to work with you and I look forward to meeting you.

I am currently carrying waitlist. If you would like to join, please email me at [email protected]

Your Questions

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.

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.