Justin Tillyer
Intern Counsellor

Justin is not currently taking new clients.

He is available for both virtual appointments and in-person sessions at our Vancouver clinic location.

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Justin Tillyer

Areas of Focus

Having experienced counselling as a client myself, I know that it can be an enormously transformative and rewarding process. At the same time, I know that it sometimes takes incredible courage to come to counselling, which is why I consider it an honour and a privilege to hold space for the people that I work with. My approach to this work is rooted in person-centered principles, emphasizing nonjudgment, empathy, and respect for all clients. I also practice with an intersectional lens, seeing each individual as unique and the expert in their own life. It’s extremely important to me that my clients feel a genuine sense of connection in our work together and I strive to create a therapeutic space in which they feel safe enough to examine their experiences more closely. I also believe that counselling should be a collaborative process and see my role as that of a guide who walks alongside people as they work towards their goals.

In tailoring my work to the specific needs of each client, I incorporate elements from several approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which focuses on the interaction of our thoughts, behaviour, and emotions. I also find that many clients benefit from the development of mindfulness skills, which allow us to engage with these parts of ourselves as well as the physical sensations in our bodies in a more constructive way. Recognizing the importance of acting in a way that is in alignment with our values, I also draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, I often turn to Narrative Therapy, which highlights the stories that we tell in order to make sense of and find meaning in the world as well as our ability to re-author these in ways that may serve us better. Much of my work is also grounded in Attachment Theory and the belief that humans have an innate need to form close emotional bonds with others.

Outside of my work as a counsellor, I am passionate about spending time with my wife, family, and friends, and I can often be found playing music, attending concerts, traveling, exploring Vancouver’s food scene, and birdwatching. If you think that you may be interested in working together, I’d welcome the chance to connect, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to arrange a consultation.