Wade is accountable for ethical practices under the standards of practice and code of ethics of the British Columbia Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors and the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Wade considers himself an eclectic counselling professional, and he has also been employed in the mental health care field as a registered nurse for over 20 years with the majority of his time working with clients who have psychiatric-mental health and addiction-based issues. He holds a masters degree in counselling psychology, and a masters degree in advanced nursing practice mental health.
Wade’s areas of treatment interest are extensive and include work with all ages of individuals who experience abandonment; attachment concerns; abuse; addictions; anger; anxiety and panic; burnout; depression; eating disorders; family challenges; health and wellness issues; identity issues; grief and loss; infidelity; LGBTQ issues; marriage and relationship challenges; men’s issues; parent and youth challenges; posttraumatic stress disorder; issues with self-esteem, suicide, or self-harm; sexual health and identity issues; the survival of sexual assault; perpetration of sexual assault; sexuality issues; and trauma. He also has considerable experience in working with mandated clients.
Wade is a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist and a registered member of the Focusing Institute in New York, NY. He was trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and clinically supervised in the practice of Indigenous/Aboriginal focusing-oriented therapy and trauma-informed practice. Wade has completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 and Level 2 of Motivational Interviewing, Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapies (DBT). His work with individuals, couples, and families also includes narrative, solution-focused, and brief strategic family therapies, as well as the tenets, concepts, and therapeutic processes of major theories of family functioning, including the Bowenian transgenerational model and transdiagnostic approaches such as Barlow’s Unified Protocol to treat individuals with emotional disorders.
Wade lives in Kamloops, BC, with his life-partner, Gary, and their two high spirited canine companions. Wade and Gary have a blended family that includes three adult children, and four grandchildren who live in British Columbia and Alberta. Wade is known as a direct, fair-minded and generous person who truly enjoys trying to make a difference in the world. While striving to be more active, he loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, fishing and hiking in the local area, and world travels that include spending time with local community members to learn more about their culture, their food and way of life.
While challenges in life are an inherent obstacle that each of us face at various times in our lives Wade’s person-centred approach to the therapeutic relationship is based upon mutual trust, respect and integrity and are values he finds important in developing a safe and holistic approach to life’s challenges. Wade understands how the roles of culture, religion, and spirituality intersect within various modalities of counselling support and encourages his clients to share their worldviews within the therapeutic alliance to support their counselling needs. He looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan to support the next steps in your journey.