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vancouver brain lab

what we do

"Healing is the process, often life-long, of re-establishing a felt sense of safety, regaining the feeling and practice of agency, and declaring purpose and meaning beyond traumatic events”

Prentis Hemphill

"Resiliency is our inherent capacity to see beauty, to create, to find connection, to commune with something larger than ourselves, even in or after horrendous experiences"

Stacey Haines

we combine clinical counselling, somatic coaching, a compassion-based and mindfulness-oriented approach take care of:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Sleep problems

  • Stress and Somatic symptoms of stress

  • Optimal performance

  • Obsessions, compulsions, and phobias

  • Self-sabotage

  • Trauma and PTSD

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The internal family systems model (ifs) is a short-term integrative psychotherapy.

In ifs we look at the mind as a conglomerate of different sub-personalities, each with their own roles and qualities.

We also connect with a separate entity: a person's core or true self (our self-energy).

Like members of a family, a person's inner parts can take on extreme roles. Yet, every part has a positive intent, even if its actions are counterproductive or dysfunctional.

There is no need to fight with, coerce, or eliminate parts;

In ifs we find internal connection and harmony to bring the mind back into balance.

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somatic experiencing

Somatic experiencing is a short-term naturalistic psychotherapeutic approach

In se, we look at animals in the wild and their innate ability to regulate and neutralize the high levels of arousal associated with stress for survival.

With se, we find ways to normalize the symptoms of trauma and to find cycles of activation and deactivation that help us feel well-regulated and to heal.

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Mindfulness is a contemplative approach that comes from Buddhist meditation practices.

With mindfulness, we become truly aware of the present moment, better able to tell the difference between what we can change and cannot change, and then  to focus our attention on the things we can change.

It is a productive methodology o fate way to create more space between stimulus and response. Between our inbreathe and our outbreath.


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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (emdr) is a short-term psychotherapy treatment.

We alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and we become able to attend to emotionally disturbing material in brief doses while focusing on an external stimulus  (the therapist moving their hand).  The better way to describe it is to compare it to hypnosis. The result is in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights. 


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