Mental Wellness Pilot Project for Black Students, Faculty and Staff

The UBC Black Caucus is excited to announce a pilot project focused on wellness for Black faculty, staff and students at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Black counsellors from within the community have collaborated with us to provide virtual counselling at no cost to participants on a limited, first-come, first-served basis during the month of March. Bookings can be made by contacting the counsellors directly. Please see below for the list of participating counsellors and their contact information.

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Counsellor Bios and Contacts

Renee Wishart

(she/her/hers)

Wishart therapy is centered around the empowerment and healing of People of Color and marginalized communities in a safe and respectful manner. Renee brings more than fifteen years of experience and expertise working with people from around the world ranging from children through to elders, as well as families and groups. Her work is rooted in social justice with a strengths-based perspective and is inclusive of supporting People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community. Counselling services include working with racial trauma, intersectionality, anxiety, and depression.

Website

Email: renee@wisharttherapy.com
Phone: 604-341-5640
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Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Theresa L Thomas

(she/her)

Theresa is committed to helping people achieve freedom from systemic and societal oppression in every capacity. Since moving to Vancouver in 2012 Theresa has been focused on learning the origins and impacts of trauma. Theresa’s therapeutic focus is on trauma intervention, freedom from abuse, substance misuse, and achieving empowerment using largely narrative therapeutic techniques. Theresa has an MCP in Counselling Psychology and has an RCC through the BCACC. Theresa was born and raised in Houston, Texas.
My therapeutic focus is on seeking safety, trauma intervention, freedom from abuse, substance misuse, and achieving empowerment in every aspect of your life. We work as a team. Together, we understand the elements in your life or relationships that are causing you distress and how this distress affects you on a day-to-day basis. We identify what your goals are and how we work together to get you there. Once we understand the dynamics at work in your life, I support you in removing the obstacles to achieving your goals and building the tools to maintaining success in your life on your own! I understand the idea of counselling can be really scary in the beginning. And I want to help you navigate this counselling journey as painlessly as possible.

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Email: theresa@inpowercounselling.com
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Mondays - Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm

Bernard Piprah

(he/him)

Bernard Piprah is an experienced mental health provider and Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He is devoted to the transformative power of psychotherapy and utilizes an eclectic approach to support clients in-person & virtually throughout British Columbia. Over the last 10 years Bernard has worked with non-profit and government organizations supporting the mental health of British Columbians regardless of the setting: halfway houses, crisis programs, inpatient hospital units, community outpatient treatment programs or school district settings. He invites clients of all ages and backgrounds to recognize their capacity for resiliency with their acute struggles, grief, interpersonal displeasure, misery, family conflict and much more. Bernard has full confidence that his client centered, trauma-informed treatment process can generate insight, new goals, a sense of control and radical acceptance of the most challenging circumstances we face. His primary therapeutic approaches include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Attachment Informed Modalities.

Website

Email: bkpcounselling@gmail.com

Monday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-18:30

Thoko Moyo

(she/her)

Update: Thoko Moyo is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

I have a master degree in Counselling Psychology and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C Association of Clinical Counsellors. I offer individual counselling therapy sessions to all folks in need. The foundation of my practice is centred around Intersectional Feminist Theory. That means, that as a Black, Queer, cis, able-bodied woman, I practice entirely through a world view that understands the value of empowerment and radical self-love for those of us navigating current oppressive societal systems. I research and implement counseling techniques that include the cultural adaptation of CBT techniques, trauma-informed practice, and operate on a daily basis from an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in the work that I do with the people that come to me.

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm

Christina Fenton

(she/her)

Update: Christina Fenton is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

I am a Jamaican living in Vancouver. As a recent immigrant, I am aware of how the process and experience of forging a new life can bring both satisfaction and distress especially in intimate relationships. Life transitions can cause emotional stress and often, we need help to tap into our own inherent strengths. Sexuality and sexual behaviours can also be challenging for some but, I am passionate about working with individuals and couples of all genders, orientations, races and ethnicities. I also specialize in addictions which I view as a maladaptive coping skill for traumatic situations.
Coming from a culture that reveres our elders, I am interested in issues facing seniors. Mobility concerns, diminishing sexual capacity, physical and mental decline and end of life concerns are generally not addressed by our youth-obsessed societies. My role is to help you learn to cope with change.
As a former teacher for over a decade, I am a believer in the power of people to learn, grow and change. Therapy is the privilege of walking beside someone in their journey from the dark into the light. I am very eager to accompany you to mental well-being.

Website

Online (Clients will have to register in order to access booking)

Varies based on booking schedule

Makita Wiggins

(she/her/hers)

Update: Makita Wiggins is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

Hi, my name is Makita and I’m happy to see you chose to read my Bio. I work with youth, adults, seniors, and couples, who are interested in learning to cope with life’s challenges. This includes anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, anger, feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. My clients are looking for and need a supportive therapist who can sit with them during their lowest points, be bold and honest with them during their denials and can offer practical tools they can utilize outside of the therapy room. Their goal is to feel better because they want better for themselves and their situations. I currently offer virtual and phone sessions due to the COVID-19 protocols.

Email: makitawigginscounselling@gmail.com

Fridays 2pm - 7pm

Maedean Y. Myers

(she/her/hers)

Update: Maedean Myers is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

I am skilled at supporting folks coping with stress, anxiety, self affirmation, relationship issues, gender identity, and big life changes. My approach integrates effective Solution Focused, Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, Psycho-education, and Humanistic approaches to help you create the vibrant life you were meant to have. I am feedback oriented, meaning I will collaborate with you to find out how to best use our sessions based on your highest aspirations for your Self. In my personal life I practice meditation, dance, yoga, and martial arts. These practices influence how I approach my therapeutic work with clients. Sessions are available by video, phone, or masked in person upon request.

Website

Text: 778-788-2105
Email: yourstory@yourstoryevolved.com

Thursday March 18th, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Thursday March 25th, 3:00PM-4:30PM
Tuesday March 30th, 9:00AM-2:30PM

Ruth Unaegbu

(she/her/hers)

Update: Ruth Unaegbu is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

Hi, I’m Ruth Unaegbu! I am the founder of Ruth Unaegbu Counselling & Coaching. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #12132) and Supervisor providing private therapy and supervision services in British Columbia, Canada. I created my practice in an effort to provide counselling services for those individuals, couples, and caregivers seeking support as they encounter various issues, difficulties, and disruptions in life.
I am a people-person and everything in my life revolves around the love for and fascination with people and their stories. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with others, digging deep and delving into fears, motivations, inspirations, goals, and dreams. Stories are powerful and I love being drawn into different worlds and working with people to create powerful change. You are my client if you are someone who is ready for or is experiencing a change or transition. I use a variety of therapy techniques and modalities to help you reach your goals and transform your life.

Website

Email: connect@ruthunaegbu.com

Monday to Wednesday, 6:30pm-9pm

Nadine Tilma

(she/her)

Update: Nadine Tilma is fully booked for the pilot program. Please consider other counsellors as capacity lasts.

My name is Nadine (she/her) and I specialize in queer, feminist, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches. At the core of my work is a passion for healing wounds of intergenerational trauma for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), holistic approaches to mental wellness, and the decolonization of eurocentric healing practices. I take pride in approaching therapy from a creative lens and lean on somatic, art and movement therapies, as well as feminist, narrative, mindfulness, transpersonal, and family systems theories.
I value collaboration, safety in all forms, the embracing of our whole selves, creativity, individual differences, honesty, empowerment, playfulness, connection and the healing of the collective. My guiding belief is that each person is an expert in their own life, and my role is to support you in building on the strengths, resources and resiliency that inevitably exist within you. I look forward to supporting you.

Website

Email: nadine@liveonpointcounselling.com

Varies based on booking schedule

 

Additional Wellbeing Resources

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