Deborah Brakeley

604-224-8937

brakeley@shaw.ca

Counsellor, Collaborative Divorce Coach, Child Specialist.

I’ve enjoyed counselling work with children, adults, and families since 1983. I’ve worked at a medical clinic, family support organizations, and in private practice in my West 8th office in Vancouver since 2001.

I view counselling as a holistic process that takes into account the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual aspects of life. I keep in mind each person’s capacity for strength, courage, love, peace, joy, and well-being. I support each person as they expand their experience of truth, purpose, wholeness, optimism, compassion, and resilience rather than isolation, depression, fear, and anxiety.

I support couples in ways that deepen their experience of intimacy and closeness as well as commitment to a long-term fulfilling relationship. I help couples learn and practice effective communication and conflict resolution skills so that they experience closeness, respect, and growth as an outcome of any conflict they experience.

As a Collaborative Divorce Coach, I provide emotional and practical support to couples considering separation. If separation takes place, I offer ongoing support through the changes and loss that accompany this transition. I help parents develop a comprehensive parenting plan, effective communication, and co-parenting skills. I support parents’ efforts to make life-enhancing decisions on behalf of their children and the family as a whole.

As a Child Specialist, I provide children with a voice in the Collaborative Divorce process and this includes sharing this information with their parents. I also provide counselling for children as they experience the emotions and changes associated with their parents’ separation and adjusting to a two-home family.

I meet with clients at my office in the South Granville area as well as arranging phone and Skype counselling sessions.


© 2015. Deborah Brakeley 604-224-8937 · #501-1587 West 8th, Vancouver · brakeley@shaw.ca