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About Me

It is important to find a counsellor who is the right fit for you. You can find out about me and my approach here, and talk to me directly with a free consultation

Zoe Miles, counsellor and relationship therapist

I am a mother, daughter, partner, and friend in mid life. I became a therapist after decades of navigating relationships, through belonging and understanding, as well as pain and disconnect. I have experienced relationship endings, both smooth and rough. I have parented and co-parented, separated and healed. I have experienced the stormy seas of repair and change. I have come to see, even as an introvert, that relationships are central to my well being and sense of purpose.

 

I also believe that they offer unique opportunities for growth, including in counselling. As we work together, you can expect me to be authentic and real. I will let you know what I think and feel. I will bring curiosity, softness, and humour. I do not attempt to be neutral - I will be on your team and I will truly care about you.

 

I also see boundaries and self-care as essential components of well being in relationship. When I am not working, I am most likely hiking in the forest with my two dogs, puttering in my community garden, or plonking away on the piano.

My approach to counselling

At its core, my approach is relational, meaning that it prioritizes the well being of our relationship. I will treat you with honesty and integrity. I will regularly ask for your reflections on how we are doing, as a way to learn together about what does and doesn't work for us so that you can get the most out of our time together.

My work is person-centered, which means that I will follow you where you want to go, attend to what feels important on a given day, and support you to set the agenda for our work together. Any exercises or skills that I offer will be with the intention of helping you.
 

My "home bases" in the counselling world are relational-cultural, existential, and feminist therapies. I believe that it is through relationship that we grow the most, and so I attend to all of the relationships in your past and present, including ours. I am often curious about themes of life meaning, isolation, agency, mortality, and how social contexts influence your well being. I consider that much of our suffering is rooted in the world outside of ourselves, and that histories of injustice and oppression can significantly impact our mental health. If it feels right to you, we may explore these themes together to better understand how they are impacting you, and to work towards the life you want.

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Areas of focus

I help adults of all ages who are struggling in their relationships, to feel more authentic and connected to the people they care about, and to themselves.

 

More specifically, I have training and experience with:

  • Communication

  • Marital concerns and separation

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Parenting and caregiving 

  • Co-parenting

  • Meaning-making and life purpose

  • Aging

  • Grief and loss

Qualifications

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

 

I completed my Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to that, I volunteered as an environmental advocate and spent 13 years running groups for youth, older adults, and communities, with a focus on social justice. 

Education:

  • Master's degree in Counselling Psychology (SFU)

  • B.A. in Anthropology (UBC)

Trainings:

  • San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

  • Relational Cultural Therapy for Perinatal Populations

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFiT) - level 1

  • Gottman Method Couple's Therapy - levels 1 & 2

  • Effective Intercultural Communication (SFU)

  • Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)

  • Creative Facilitation 1 (PYE Global)

  • CitizenU Anti-Oppression training

  • Power of Hope training (PYE Global)

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