Vanessa Silva, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #16861

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About Vanessa


The hardest, yet most important part of counselling can be those first tentative steps that bring you to a counsellor’s door. Finding the “right” person to help when you are already struggling to manage emotions or make sense of your thoughts can be so overwhelming.

Perhaps you are in the midst of a life transition, or carrying the deep pain of loss, whether that of a loved one, a trauma or an old way of life. It may be that you often find yourself feeling numb or distancing yourself from your feelings and thoughts - using the best strategies you know to protect yourself from what may be lying beneath the surface.

I understand how necessary is to develop a real connection and to feel like you can trust your counsellor as a person that can hold your stories. My hope is that I can provide the warmth, safety, understanding and care that you need to be able to access the most tender parts of your life.

Together, we can work on untangling what’s happening inside

You may be wondering what you can achieve through the counselling process. The potential for change is incredible, as each individual, their story and their motivations are so unique. Change might look like arriving at a deep sense of peace, developing more effective tools for managing your emotions, creating stronger and more intimate relationships with others, or better understanding your life’s narrative.

My Approach

My approach is an integration of trauma-informed, mind and body-based approaches. I also specialize in grief and loss. When working with you, my priority is to create safety and trust within the counselling relationship so that together, we can build awareness of and approach the areas where you find yourself stuck. We will work to untangle and shift the challenging emotions, thoughts, and body reactions that arise when you experience the world as a threat.

I hold a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I welcome diverse clients of all ages, cultures, genders, sexual orientations and abilities.

  • Practice Information
    Experienced helping people with:
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Career and Job Issues
    • Cultural Issues
    • Death and Dying
    • Depression
    • General Emotional Health
    • Grief and Loss
    • Life Transitions
    • Mood Disorders
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Relationship Issues
    • Self Esteem Issues
    • Stress Management
    • Trauma Issues
    I use the following approaches:
    • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
    • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
    • Body Centred Therapy
    • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Family Systems
    • Mindfulness
    • Online Counselling
    • Person-Centered Therapy
    • Trauma Informed Counsellling
  • Location Information
    Online Counselling
    Online counselling is available
    Therapy Platforms
    • Other online platform
    • Zoom
    Practice Locations
    New Tides Counselling and Wellness
    200 - 1892 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y9
    • Bus Service
    • Free Parking
    • Pay Parking

    Services offered in English only.

  • Availability & Rates
    Monday10:00am - 8:30pm
    Wednesday10:00am - 8:30pm
    Client Rates
    Individual TherapyContact for rate
    Online TherapyContact for rate
    Sliding ScaleYes
    Student RateYes
    Low Income Rate AvailableYes
    Free Initial ConsultationYes

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

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