"safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
-Bessel A. van der Kolk
Andrea Fonseca MCP, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
I am a First-Generation Canadian with South Asian roots. Though I am local to South Delta, I love to explore different ways of living. I spent a great deal of my childhood travelling and have always been captivated by other cultures – specifically how different communities find value and happiness. I believe these childhood experiences played a large role in my desire to expand my worldview and establish an inclusive practice grounded in humility and discovery.
My affinity for therapeutic work stems from my own lived experiences with racism, self-identity, adoption and transgenerational cultural dissonance. My personal experience has led me to understand that at our core we are all human beings looking for meaning. I am very intentional in my purpose to facilitate change and help individuals achieve healing. I am deeply grateful for the work I do and the important connections I am able to create.
My therapeutic values underscore a collaborative, person-centered model grounded in empathy and positive regard. I believe the work we do is not only strengthened by the therapeutic alliance we create but by our ability to award mutual honesty to one another through a culture of feedback. At the heart of the therapeutic relationship lies a safe and secure environment. It is my goal to create a space in which you feel protected and comfortable enough to share your story.
As a trauma-informed clinician, my approach to therapy recognizes the presence of trauma in all of us and how it can impact our reactions to situations, interactions and life events. Regardless of whether we have experienced a big trauma or several little traumas, these types of emotional disturbances are highly distressing events that continue to affect us on an intimate level. Our innate ability to respond to people, circumstances and relationships in the present and future is directly tied to our experience of the trauma. As each of us have our own unique ability to handle stress, trauma for some may not cause the same emotional reaction in others. Together we can examine how trauma may be affecting your self-growth and emotional response pattern.
I feel both humbled and fortunate to accompany you in your self-discovery and growth. I truly believe healing should be accessible to everyone and that the process of recovery is much simpler when you have someone to walk beside and explore new meaning with.
Registered Clinical Counsellor, BCACC
Canadian Certified Counsellor, CCPA
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, YU
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies, UBC
Telehealth Training – Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma – BCACC
EMDR Basic Therapy Training – EMDR International Association
Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta