Sam Kaplan, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #15312

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About Sam

I enjoy working alongside a broad range of folks and see people as experts in their own lives.  We all have coping strategies we go to in order to get through tough times; it takes work to shift them and develop new strategies.  I invite you to join me in creating a safe, authentic space and use a collaborative approach to support you on your journey towards the changes you wish to make.  My practice is informed by an anti-oppressive lens and strength-based approach.


For the last ten years, I have been working as a counsellor with children, youth, adults, and the important people in their lives. I especially enjoy collaborating alongside people who have experiences with labels such as OCD or BPD, queer and trans identified folks, people wanting to shift coping strategies (substance use, self-harm), and neurodivergent folks (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder).


After completing my Master’s degree in Behavioural Health Sciences – Psychological Health, I pursued further training in Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Brief Collaborative Therapy. For five years I have been facilitating DBT groups and individual counselling. In my work with clients I draw on these approaches to support people in developing skills and strategies that are practical, creative, and work for them. 

If you feel I might be a fit to collaborate with you along this path, please contact me for a free initial in-person or phone consultation.


  • Practice Information
    Experienced helping people with:
    • Addictions
    • Adolescence Issues
    • Anxiety
    • Autism
    • Children and Childhood Issues
    • Developmental Disorders
    • Health and Wellness
    • LGBTQ Issues
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Panic Issues
    • Phobias
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Sexuality Issues
    • Shyness
    • Teenage and Young Adult Issues
    I use the following approaches:
    • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Art Therapy
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Client-Centered Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Expressive Therapies
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • Play Therapy
    • Trauma Informed Counsellling
    Visible Diversity
    • Identifies as Gender Variant / Gender Non-Conforming
    • Identifies as Trans
    For members of the Queer community:
    • I Welcome Queer Identity Clients
    • Identifies as Queer
  • Location Information
    Practice Locations
    Counselling Collective
    214 - 119 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
    • Bus Service
    • Free Parking
    • Pay Parking
    • Rapid Transit
    • Secured/Monitored Bicycle Parking
    • Wheelchair Accessible

    Services offered in English only.

  • Availability & Rates
    Sunday2:00pm - 9:30pm
    Monday8:30am - 9:30pm
    Client Rates
    Individual Therapy$120 / 60min
    Sliding ScaleYes
    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
    • e-Transfer