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“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” – Vironika Tugaleva


RACHAEL CURTIS (Registered Clinical Counsellor)

I understand the intensity and challenge of healing from adverse experiences and trauma. As a queer person, a disaffiliate of conservative evangelicalism, a career shifter, and a childhood trauma survivor, I am all too familiar with the fears, grief and loss, confusion, and pain that come with those experiences.


Through counselling, my fears transformed into courage. The grief and loss evolved into hopefulness, the confusion transformed into clarity, and the pain metamorphosed into strength. I believe everyone can experience the same.


Pain, trauma, grief, and other issues are viewed through a lens of compassionate inquiry and acceptance so that they can be witnessed and understood more deeply. I understand my role as a compassionate witness and a warm, empathetic presence, co-creating an authentic and transparent connection that feels safe and open for you to come as you are.


I practice with the belief that as compassion for our experiences and the Self grows, resistance to healing and change softens. We are then more likely to navigate through life with a sense of worthiness, making values-based decisions with greater confidence. This propels us forward into more attuned and authentic ways of being with ourselves and others. 

This is a space where your unique experiences are heard, validated, and held without judgment. Here, you get to come just as you are!


A person-centred, compassion-focused, collaborative space for healing and self-discovery.


It is not what we do in counselling but how we are with each other.





“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, “Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me.” -Carl Rogers

Life coaching

Areas of Practice

  • Religious trauma/adverse religious experiences

  • Childhood trauma, abuse, neglect

  • LGBTQIA2S+ issues

  • Life changes/transitions

  • Life purpose

  • Relationship issues

  • Academic stressors

  • Workplace issues

  • Self-love/compassion

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/low mood

  • Emotional overwhelm

  • Physical Injuries and pain

  • Family conflict/counselling (adults only)

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$150 + GST for a 55-minute session


$160 + GST for a 55-minute session

$240 + GST for an 85-minute session

A percentage of my business is dedicated to lower-cost counselling. Feel free to inquire.

Getting Started

Schedule a free consultation 

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Book an intake appointment

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Determine weekly/bi-weekly schedule

Start your counselling journey

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Helping others with openness, warmth, and authenticity.

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You will feel safe and understood, like talking with a close friend. Rachael takes your challenges seriously and she sprinkles in humour making you feel comfortable to share. I recommend Rachael to anyone who wants support in reaching their goals with an open-minded, friendly and welcoming approach.



Book a free 15-minute consultation


In-person sessions available at two locations:

  • 2495 Commercial Drive, East Vancouver

  • 756 Columbia Street, New Westminster

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