There is indeed strength in numbers.
If you ever wanted to experience an environment that best represented that time-honoured phrase, you simply need to walk through the front door of Squamish Counselling Clinic.
Inside, you will find a collection of nine therapists - eight women and one man - all dedicated to serving clients in a wide range of ways with their combined skills and expertise.
Together, they provide their own, unique community of care in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, which is on March 8, the staff provided some insight to the benefits derived from a cluster of practitioners made up in the majority by females.
“We all want to see each other succeed,” explains Sarah Jeffrey, a registered psychotherapist who works one-on-one with adults. “And one thing we’ve explicitly talked about is the importance of having an 'abundance mindset’, which means we each want to do well in our own business, and see everyone else thrive, as well.”
That’s been key to developing a thriving, healthy environment as they have leaned into that collaboration - the kind of support where they encourage each other to grow.
The idea to form a collective of sorts had its beginnings with Dr. Stacey Shelby, a depth psychotherapist who was looking for a small commercial space to work from - a challenge in the Squamish area - and ultimately began connecting with other therapists who could offer complimentary skills, areas of expertise, and share common values.
“I managed to pull together a few of us within about six months,” Shelby says.
And that ultimately formed the present group with the vast majority being women.
“I think in this profession that’s quite common,” Jeffrey explains, adding women generally tend to be nurturers. “We hold a lot of empathy. And I think this profession really lends itself to that.
“That’s personally one reason why I’m in the field. I get a lot of meaning from supporting people,” she adds.
The clinic’s gender makeup also helps the group promote healthy femininity.
It helps decrease the isolation felt by many professionals in the industry - which we believe is translated in our work, Jeffrey says.
“We are there as professional supports for each other. This level of support from empowered women reflects in our practice with clients. We are able to feel connected with our clinic community so that we can bring our best selves into the therapy room with our clients.”
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