REGISTERED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER
Hello! My name is Kazia Armstrong (pronounced Kah-Jah). I am Métis with Cree and Scottish ancestry on my mother’s side with roots in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. I am of mixed European ancestry on my father’s side. I was born and raised in Saskatoon and have called Vancouver my home for almost a decade. I offer gratitude and acknowledge my privilege as an unwelcome visitor on these unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.
I am a practicum student completing a Master of Social Work in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency from the University of Toronto. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization from the University of Victoria. Bringing over ten years of community-based frontline service provision experience to my practice, I am exceptionally knowledgeable in Indigenous child welfare. While at Metro Vancouver Indigenous Counselling, my supervisor will be Clinical Director Olivia Palomino, and I will also receive remote support from the University of Toronto.
Counselling can be a place to receive positive support and gain tools to create meaningful and sustainable growth, healing, and change. As your counsellor, I am committed to providing client-centered support tailored to your unique needs. My practice draws from my cultural teachings and formal education in trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and strength-based frameworks. My overarching goal is to provide culturally sensitive counselling while maintaining an environment where we can safely explore complex topics.
I look forward to growing as a practitioner and sharing the healing modalities I have gained through my experience and education.