Elana Sures, MEd, RCC
I have over fifteen years of experience as a clinical counsellor, and in that time I have seen hundreds of clients, some briefly and others long term. I have been in private practice since 2006, and have worked as a clinical counsellor with Vancouver Coastal Health and other community agencies since 2000.
I am experienced in addressing a wide range of issues that bring people to therapy. I tend to see a great deal of people who come to me with feelings such as anxiety, inadequacy, loneliness and shame - feelings they struggle to cope with and sort through. I also frequently address issues of connection, intimacy and tension in relationships. Below is a list of some of the areas in which I have extensive experience (click on each item to learn more about how I work with this issue).
Who am I? My Story.
Like many of you, I am a person of contradictions. I'm an introverted extrovert and an adventurer with a cautious streak. 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 layered and fraught our closest relationships can be informs my work when I help others who are seeking greater connection and congruency in their relationships.
In addition to practising psychotherapy, 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 extensive training in the following modalities:
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness-based psychotherapies
- Interpersonal Neurobiology (attachment, emotions and threat response in the brain)
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 are a unique person who has 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.