Dr. John Alvarez de Lorenzana, MD MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #14295

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About John

Socrates believed that the unexamined life was not worth living. Only in striving to come to know ourselves and to understand ourselves do our lives have any meaning or value. Similarly, clinical counselling involves a working relationship with an expert guide who is uniquely positioned to help you uncover innate wisdom and discover self-knowledge to live a meaningful life, bereft of regret and unrealized potential… OR if you just need a tune-up, no need to make the “noble choice” in the face of death like good ol’ Socrates, just book an appointment to get back on track.

One of the main goals in doing  deeper work is to reclaim what has been lost. What has been forgotten or beaten out of you in this crazy, nonstop world. Together, we will stop the emotional toll that can accumulate and get you back to doing what you love or work together to discover what you are meant to be doing.

I received my MA in Counselling Psychology from UBC and my MD from McMaster University. I am a clinical instructor for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, and a Mindfulness Meditation teacher. My medical and counselling practices are separate entities. Please feel welcome to contact my office to ask questions or book an appointment. 

  • Practice Information
    Experienced helping people with:
    • Addictions
    • Anxiety
    • Career and Job Issues
    • Depression
    • Grief and Loss
    • Health and Wellness
    • Life Balance
    • Life Transitions
    • Perfectionism
    • Personal Growth
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Relationship Issues
    • Sex And Intimacy Issues
    • Stress Management
    • Workplace Issues
    I use the following approaches:
    • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
    • Body Centred Therapy
    • Coaching
    • Depth Psychology
    • Existential Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Meditation
    • Mindfulness
    • Online Counselling
    • Spiritual Counselling
    For members of the Queer community:
    • I Welcome Queer Identity Clients
  • Location Information
    Practice Locations
    Garuda Centre™
    617 Wentworth St. Nanaimo, BC V9R 3E6
    • Free Parking

    Services offered in English only.

  • Availability & Rates
    Monday9:00am - 7:30pm
    Tuesday9:00am - 7:30pm
    Wednesday9:00am - 7:30pm
    Thursday9:00am - 7:30pm
    Friday9:00am - 7:30pm
    Saturday10:00am - 5:00pm
    Client Rates
    Individual Therapy$155 / 50min
    Couples Therapy$175 / 50min
    Group Therapy$60 / 60min
    Coaching$155 / 50min
    Online Therapy$155 / 50min
    Telephone Therapy$155 / 50min
    Student RateYes
    Low Income Rate AvailableYes

    Note: If seeking reimbursement from an insurance provider, please check coverage amounts and details with them.

    Payment Options
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Amex
    • PayPal
    • Debit
    • e-Transfer