Individual, couples, and family therapy

Counselling gives you an opportunity to discuss the issues that concern you and move towards greater health and healing.

Together, we can begin to make sense of your situation and discover new possibilities for change.


What happens
in therapy?


What kinds of problems
do I work with?


What you might
be wondering.

My Approach

My name is Ellen Abrams. I am a registered clinical counsellor living and working in Vancouver. I have been meeting with people in emotional and mental distress since 2001 in both private practice and public health settings.

In my counselling practice I work with discomforts, difficulties, problems and predicaments, including anxiety, depression, relationship glitches, abuses and trauma, habits/addictions, and navigating life transitions. It’s all grist for the mill, and between us, we would get curious about what’s going on for you.

My approach focuses on the present. What brings you to counselling − why now? What is calling for your attention? How can we work together to increase your self-awareness and understanding so that you can turn away from anxiety and self-criticism, and towards the self-acceptance that leads to a more compelling and satisfying life?

We address whatever comes up, without blame, without shame.

Although my orientation is present-focused, unfinished business from the past can intrude in the present. It often shows up as you feeling stuck, anxious and sometimes hopeless. You may find yourself repeating old patterns even though you want to change them. Together we can become curious about what injuries and injustices need to be acknowledged, expressed, heard, and digested in order for you to free yourself to be more present in your own life.

Another thing that can get in your way of being present is distraction. You want your life to improve but it feels like your focus and good intentions keep getting ambushed. You think you know what you need to do but getting yourself to do it turns out not to be so easy. We’d ask what is distracting you from getting into whatever it is that you think you might want to get into. This is a key part of therapy.

Counselling gives you an opportunity to discuss the issues that concern you in the company of a respectful and empathetic therapist.

Covid-19 and Appointments.

I will continue to offer virtual appointments by video and telephone. A limited number of in-person appointments are also available. This may change as the pandemic changes. Physical distancing, sanitizing, and other protective measures will be used and requested.

I encourage you to consider virtual appointments, which remain the lowest risk option. That said, I realize that there is nothing like being together in the same room. If you prefer in-person sessions, please let me know and we can discuss.