Skilled and caring counsellors, committed to your wellbeing.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Cam Wharram, M.A.
Have you been as frustrated as I have been about competing self-help messages either reminding you that you can be whatever you want or that you are perfect exactly how you are? My work focuses on taking the useful – and discarding the useless – from each of these messages to help clients build and discover their optimal lives.
So, if you feel like something needs to change, but might not know exactly what, or how, I would be honoured to discuss whether we are a good fit to walk through that journey together. If we both agree that it’s a match, you can expect our sessions’ progression to go something like the following:
We will begin by cultivating a trusting space and establishing your “true north” goals. Next, we will leverage proven psychological and mindfulness strategies that you will use to take the (often uncomfortable) actions that will move your life in a direction that aligns with your values. Ultimately, my responsibility is to work with you as you continue to build a meaningful life full of satisfying relationships with your career, relationships, and especially inner thoughts and feelings.
Do you feel foggy or only half-present, struggling through the day? Have you felt aggravated and misunderstood, or worried that you’ll snap? Does life mean hiding who you are and choosing to ‘go away?’ While these issues are common, we usually isolate and blame ourselves. Yet by reading this, you are choosing self-compassion.
Life pressures and injuries to our self-worth show up in our bodies and are often called ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’, for example. My research supported approach helps you heal emotional baggage through safe and trusting connection while learning ways to resolve these issues and better cope and care for yourself.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC, and I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of women and men in counselling and psychotherapy through organizations such as Family Services of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, and the Veteran’s Transition Program.
Before beginning work as a therapist, Matthew was primarily a community mental health worker within Vancouver’s Downtown East-Side. Through this work Matthew learned to connect with people in a variety of contexts, with a range of challenges and problems. Matthew practices an integrated and eclectic experiential approach to counselling; everyone is unique, everyone is living a unique experience, and the more that experience can be acknowledged and a made visible the better. Matthew is a firm believer in meeting you where you are, attempting to see life through your eyes, and collaborating together on how to best move forward and thrive.
Matthew is currently a doctoral candidate in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. With a research focus on the experiences of front-line mental health workers, his goal is to support the overall health and sustainability of these workers through research and practice that identifies protective factors and increases healthy coping responses. In addition, Matthew has training and experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, life-transition, relationship challenges, occupational challenges, and grief and loss in both individual and group counselling settings.