Elana Sures, MEd, RCC
Vancouver Counsellor - Elana Sures
I have over fifteen years of experience as a psychotherapist. I started my South Granville-based private practice in 2006, and it has grown from a weekend project into a thriving practice. I have also worked for Vancouver Coastal Health as an outpatient mental health therapist, treating clinically complex cases of trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I feel incredibly privileged to have the confidence of my clients, and I am dedicated to working with compassion, skill and transparency.
I am experienced in addressing a wide range of issues that bring people to therapy. This often comes down to difficult emotions - anxiety, inadequacy, loneliness and anger. I also frequently address issues of connection, intimacy and tension in relationships. Below is a list of some of the areas in which I specialize (click on each item to learn more about how I work with this issue).
Who am I? My Story.
Like you, I am a person of contradictions. I'm an introverted extrovert. I'm an adventurer with a cautious streak (I recently took my family on a trip to southeast Asia and spent a good chunk of time obsessing about dengue fever). I am a
lazy relaxed academic and an artist who is constantly stalled by perfectionism. I am healthy and active, but have struggled with lifelong insommnia. The principles of Mindfulness deeply resonate with me, but I am a lousy meditator.
My epic journey to become a parent gave me a lifetime in lessons on coping with uncertainty, anxiety and letting go. And parenting my two incredible (and strong-willed) daughters has been a humbling, joyful, and complex experience. I work on my relationships with my husband and children every single day - and some days are easier than others. Knowing how intense and fraught our closest relationships can be informs my work when I help others who are seeking greater connection and harmony in their relationships.
Outside of the office, I am a not very competitive runner, a messy cook, an avid reader and a music lover (everything from Debussey to Radiohead). I am also a published writer. I hope you'll check out my blog, where I muse on various aspects of the human condition.
The act of providing therapy is a combination of intuitive direction and highly skilled craft, and I am very dedicated to building my skills and proficiency through ongoing clinical consultation and professional development training.
In addition to receiving a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, I have completed intensive training in the following modalities:
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Psychodynamic and Relational Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness-based psychotherapies
- Interpersonal Neurobiology (attachment, emotions and threat response in the brain)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
Over the course of my career as a therapist, I have worked with people from all walks of life, and with a wide range of issues. When I sit and talk to you, I incorporate years of clinical (and life) experience, while still understanding that you have walked your own distinct path. This enables me to effectively assess your patterns and dynamics and provide therapy that is tailored specifically to you.
I am a member in good standing of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I have compiled a list of additional reading resources curated for thoughtful people seeking a more connected and balanced life.
If you're interested in further reading or additional support services click here to view my resources.