ANNELISA DEY THOMAS
CANADIAN CERTIFIED COUNSELLOR
Welcome, my name Annelisa Dey Thomas. I am Guyanese mixed with European ancestry, and have lived in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba, before settling down here in British Columbia. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and am certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I have been dedicated to supporting disenfranchised communities throughout my career. Retiring after 25 years in the field of public safety, I have had opportunities to support individuals through some of their most difficult days. This included helping individuals through crisis, depression, panic, toxic relationships, trauma, stress, and anger.
Through my experience, I have learned the importance of working with people in a manner that is both culturally safe and sensitive. Taking a client centered approach, I practice with the understanding that my individual clients are the experts in their own lives, and I arrive open to learning and actively participating through their unique journeys. My goal in counselling is to guide individuals through these journeys, while maintaining a safe, non-judgemental, and comfortable space to share and explore life’s challenges.
I am committed to collaboratively finding the best therapeutic approach to meet the diverse needs of my clients. Some of the modalities I commonly employ include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Self-Compassion, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).