Angela Burns

WESTCOAST CLINICAL COUNSELLORS | Registered Clinical Counsellor | B.Sc.


My Background

I have been providing counselling services in Victoria since 1983. I have a reputation of being a skilled, compassionate therapist.

I received my Master of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria in 1984 and have been in private practice since 1986. In addition to working with private clients, I provide Employee and Family Assistance Program counselling for the City of Victoria (since 1989) and the Municipality of Esquimalt (since 2000).

On March 25, 2011, I received a Distinguished service award from the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors for my 20 year tenure as Registrar.

“[Angela] is a quiet leader, but very present and attentive in her approach to many complicated and important situations she handled in her 20 consecutive years of shepherding us through many different kinds of troubled waters.” - David Stewart, BCACC’s 2nd President

I have the great fortune of working with other impassioned professionals who serve as peer-supervisors, founts of wisdom and sources of inspiration. I engage in regular professional development and self-directed studies.

My private practice includes provision of counselling services to both City of Victoria and Municipality of Esquimalt employees and family members through their Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

My immediate and extended family plays a big part in my ongoing growth and development. I have been with my husband (and best friend!) since 1984. We are fortunate to be raising two bright, healthy, athletic, musical boys! We can often be found at swim meets, hockey games and concerts!

My Approach

I use practical, common-sense approaches when helping people create strategies for improving their lives and relationships. My clients grow to understand how small changes make big differences.

I connect easily with people and have an overall appreciation for how heroic the average person can be when facing major life crises and struggles.

Some of my influences in my work and education are Michael White & David Epston (Australia), the Milan Group (Italy), Hakomi training with Ron Kurtz, Family Therapy training with Psychiatrist Robin Rutledge (Duncan B.C.) and Traumaic Incident Reduction with Brian Grimes.   

How I Can Help

I Work With:

• Individuals, couples and families
• Organizations
• Employee and family assistance programs

I Provide:

• Confidential professional services, Safety, Respect, Support

My Areas of Specialty:

• Stress Reduction and management
• Relationship Issues of almost every description, including Separation and Divorce
• Parenting
• Life Transitions
• Grief and Loss
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Traumatic Incident Reduction
• Personal growth and development

I offer:

• Private counselling sessions
• Group sessions
• Workshops
• Workplace training

Calm. Attentive. Thoughtful. Good humoured. Ethical. Constant presence. Team player. Gatekeeper. Leader. Pioneer.
— Insights into Clinical Counselling Magazine

Contact Angela

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Flexible hours. Sliding scale fees.

1045 Linden Ave. Victoria B.C. V8V 4H3
Home visits available.


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