ROBIN EVAN WILLIS

WELCOME

It takes courage to reach out and seek help - to not go it alone. If you have found your way here, you have taken a brave first step. I hope you appreciate yourself for your courage. Asking for support requires strength, wisdom and humility.

My counselling style is attentive, warm, genuine and at times, playful. Your relationship with your therapist is the most important determinant of a positive outcome in therapy. Respect, genuine care, empathy and connection are integral to you achieving the change you desire.

I use an integrative counselling approach which draws on my knowledge of counselling theory, mindfulness, expressive arts and evidenced-based therapy. Grounded in attachment theory, I use modalities such as Narrative Therapy, AEDP, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Committment Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Our sessions are tailored to your unique goals, gifts and experiences. You can expect that I will listen intently, highlight your strengths and challenge you supportively to examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. 

I became a therapist after an enjoyable career as an actor and singer in NYC and Toronto. Along the way, I trained extensively in mindfulness practices, began teaching yoga and fitness classes and obtained my professional registration as a holistic nutritionist. 

While counselling is my calling and passion, I also enjoy running, triathlon and exploring Vancouver with my husband and French bulldog Stella. 

I look forward to meeting you.

Robin

Professional Affiliations

  • ​Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

  • Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

  • Professional Art Therapist with the BC Association of Art Therapy

  • Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

Education

  • California Southern University, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD candidate

  • Adler University, Masters of Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy

  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The University of London, Masters of Arts in Musical Theatre

  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Music

  • Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher

  • CanFit Certified Group Fitness Instructor

  • Road Runner's Club of America, Certified Running Coach

Postgraduate Training

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Level 1​ with Dr. Diana Fosha

  • Acceptance and Committment Therapy for Depression and Anxiety, Dr. Russ Harris

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety, The Beck Institute

  • Emotionally Focussed Family Therapy (EFFT) Advanced training, Gail Palmer MSW, RMFT

  • Advanced Narrative Therapy Certificate, The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy

  • Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The Medical University of South Carolina

  • Anxiety Treatment for Children & Adolescents, Dr. Catherine Pittman and Lynn Lyons LICSW

  • Telehealth & Anxiety Treatment in the Age of Social Distancing, Dr. Catherine Pittman

  • Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

  • Expressive Play Therapy Level I and II, Sandplay Level I and II, Dr. Marie José Dhaese

  • ASIST Training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Vancouver Crisis Centre

    WHAT PEOPLE SAY

    “As an award winning therapist and best selling therapy author, the highest compliment I can offer Robin Evan Willis is that I have referred family and friends to her for counselling. I can honestly tell you she is a therapist with rare talent. High Achievers and Creative Professionals looking for counselling need not look anywhere else!” 

     

    — Stephen Madigan, MA, MSc, PhD

     

    Director of The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, best-selling author and winner of American Family Therapy Academy's Prestigious Award for Innovative Practice in Couple and Family Therapy.

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