Barbara J Plumstead, MC BA

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #2007

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About Barbara

Barbara has over 20 years of experience as a therapist, specializing in substance addiction, mental health and trauma.  She has an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from UBC, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.  Barbara worked with two of the leading residential addiction treatment programs for women in Vancouver (Heartwood Centre for Women and the Aurora Centre) for 23 years. She offers counselling and psycho-educational groups for individuals, couples and families from the Lower Mainland through her private practice in Vancouver. Barbara teaches substance use-related groups throughout B.C. as an instructor for the Justice Institute of B.C.

To help clients with their healing Barbara begins with a thorough assessment of strengths, challenges and resources. Together with the client, specific therapeutic and educational goals are established. Depending upon goals established, Barbara then works with clients in specific areas such as resource information and education, developing personal awareness and insight, practicing healthy coping skills and strategies, developing effective communication and relationship skills, and creating and implementing plans for positive change. Depending upon the specific needs of her client, Barbara draws upon many therapeutic approaches and methods, including client-centred, mindfulness, narrative, feminist, CBT, and EMDR (certified at Level 2). 

  • Practice Information
    Experienced helping people with:
    • Abuse
    • Addictions
    • Anger Issues
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • LGBTQ Issues
    • Marriage
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Relationship Issues
    • Self Esteem Issues
    • Sexual Abuse Related Issues
    • Sexuality Issues
    • Trauma Issues
    I use the following approaches:
    • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
    • Client-Centered Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Communication Training
    • Couples Counselling
    • Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • Relationship Counseling
    • Trauma Informed Counsellling
    For members of the Queer community:
    • I Welcome Queer Identity Clients

    Barbara has been in practice for 24 years.

  • Location Information
    Practice Locations
    Plumstead Counselling & Consulting
    101 - 1037 W. Broadway Avenue Vancouver, BC V6H 1E3
    • Bus Service
    • Pay Parking

    Services offered in English only.

  • Availability & Rates
    Sunday10:00am - 9:00pm
    Thursday12:30pm - 7:30pm
    Friday12:30pm - 2:30pm
    3:00pm - 7:30pm
    Client Rates
    Couples Therapy$150 / 60min
    Individual Therapy$150 / 60min
    Online Therapy$150 / 60min

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

    Payment Options
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • e-Transfer