About

Reza Roodi

My journey to becoming a counsellor was, in many ways, inevitable. Growing up in Iran during the Cultural Revolution, I fought to make sense of the world and to build my own congruency in an environment that was changing and evolving on a daily basis. As an adolescent, I decided to leave my country of origin and ventured off in search of my own path, one that would ultimately lead to a period of nomadic displacement. I spent my youth criss-crossing the globe, settling for some time in Eastern Europe, before heading north to Scandinavia, then onwards to South East Asia. 

 

Before eventually settling down in Canada, my years spent travelling and wandering provided me with an insatiable curiosity about the human psyche and the yearning for connection and communication with people from all corners of the Earth and from all walks of life. Having spent years adrift and uprooted gave me insight into the true resiliency of the human spirit and the desire to assist others to reach their own capacity through therapeutic growth. In many ways, my journey to becoming a counsellor was long and arduous, informed by both personal challenges and triumphs. In the end, these same experiences are the ones I draw from to find commonality across social and cultural differences, and it is this desire and ability to connect that makes me an effective and compassionate counsellor. 

 

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, I have over 20 years of experience working as a counsellor, interventionist, consultant, and facilitator. With counselling experience in a number of different capacities, including my private counselling practice, as well as government- and privately-funded substance use treatment centres and detox facilities, my counselling skills and approaches have been honed and developed to support clients with differing needs and backgrounds. 

 

Educated at the University of Liverpool with a Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology, my dissertation focused on the impacts of stigma upon individuals with substance use issues, which remains an area of interest that continues to influence my therapeutic process with regards to my approach to mental health as a whole. As a Certified International Drug and Alcohol Interventionist, I am also interested in the development of the therapeutic process beyond the traditional counselling relationship in relation to both behavioural and substance use issues. With additional education and certification in Conflict Resolution, Creative Process in Group Counselling and Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, my education, in tandem with my work experience and lived history, provide me with a unique perspective and approach in my therapeutic work with clients. 

 

 

Accreditation

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) - License #16693

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Vancouver, Canada

Graduate Member (MBPsS) - Membership #496638

The British Psychological Society

Leicester, United Kingdom

Certified International Drug & Alcohol Interventionist (CIDAI)

National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists

Philadelphia, United States of America

Qualifications

 

Master of Science, Psychology

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Bachelor of Business and Liberal Arts

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, Canada

Counselling Skills Diploma

Vancouver Community College

Vancouver, Canada

Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy - Level I

Satir Institute of the Pacific

Richmond, Canada

Conflict Resolution Certificate

Tri-city Education

Pitt Meadows, Canada

Creative Process in Group Counselling

Ross A. Laird, PhD

Vancouver, Canada

Academic

Professional

 
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I acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples - the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations

© 2020 by Reza Roodi Counselling & Consulting

A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Reza Roodi - Registered Clinical Counsellor - #16693

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