David Silk, ba, uvic ma counselling psychology intern

Contact:

(250) 937-8097

davidsilk@uvic.ca

 

Areas of Focus:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Building self-esteem
  • Personal exploration
  • Relationship and communication challenges

 

I strive to be supportive, non-judgmental, and caring as a helper and fellow person. I have found these attributes immensely beneficial to myself when reaching out to others for help, and I have also found these attributes significantly valuable to others when I am in the helper role. When working together, I fully encourage you to ask me questions and make suggestions for how we might better achieve your goals. Such input helps keep our interaction authentic and collaborative, which is, in my experience, essential to effective and enjoyable therapeutic work.

 

I believe that the way we relate to others has a massive impact on our well-being. If we constantly sacrifice our own needs for others, we might feel unsatisfied and depleted. If we hide who we are, we might feel isolated and lonely. And if we struggle with intimacy and closeness, we might even sabotage the very relationships we value. There are countless other ways that relational factors might affect us, and they are, in my view, crucial to consider throughout the therapy process. This relational focus largely comes from interpersonal psychotherapy, but I also draw from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and existential therapy to help facilitate change and reduce suffering.

 

Previous Work experience:

  • Practicum student counsellor at Homewood Ravensview
  • Full-time Crisis Line Worker at Vancouver Island Crisis Society
  • Home Care Worker at Raincost Community Rehabilitation
  • Teaching Assistant at University of Victoria

 

Rate $60/session

 

*David's fees cover the cost of renting an office, overhead and supervision costs. He, nor Origins Counselling profit from his fees. He is supervised by Hannah Caradonna, MSW, RCSW, RCC.