About Me

My Background

Hi, my name is Leena, I support busy professionals

I was born and raised in a busy, multicultural city, London, England. I knew that I wanted to help people from a young age and while I thought about becoming a counsellor, I did not pursue this until I got to Australia in 2015. In 2010, I graduated with my Masters in Social Work and I worked as an independent domestic violence advocate, providing emotional and practical support to women affected by domestic violence.  I worked with a small team of women and we were busy most days providing crisis support, safety planning, going to court and writing support letters. 

As an advocate, I implemented counseling skills such as being empathetic, actively listening, and providing a safe, non-judgmental space for women. I realized how passionate I was about supporting and empowering women during this time. My role increased my knowledge of the criminal justice system in the UK and inspired me to complete my Masters in Law in 2013. While I was busy working full-time, I managed to study part-time in the evenings and completed my degree in two years.  

My counselling journey began after I left England and I have worked as a counsellor ever since. I started working as a counsellor in Australia, then New Zealand, and now Canada. 

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August, 2008 - Graduated with a BA History Degree, Queen Mary University of London

September, 2010 - Graduated with a MSc Social Work Degree, London Metropolitan University

  • September, 2013 - Graduated with a LLM Law Degree from Birkbeck University of London 
  • October, 2013 - Volunteered in Saigon, Vietnam, for 3 months 
  • December, 2013 - April, 2014 - Backpacked through South East Asia
  • May - June, 2014- Backpacked through South America 
  • July - September, 2014 - Volunteered in Rio de Janerio, Brazil for 3 months
  • September, 2014 - June, 2015 - Worked in Paraguay
  • June - August, 2015 - Volunteered in Cape Town, South Africa for 3 months 
  • September - October, 2015 - Travelled through Africa
  • October, 2015 - September, 2016 - Worked in Australia

October, 2016 - Backpacked through Europe

  • October - January, 2017 - Living in England 
  • January, 2017 - Backpacked through Japan 
  • January, 2017 - December, 2017 - Worked in New Zealand 
  • December 2017 - January 2018 - Backpacked through Germany and Cyprus
  • January - May, 2018 - Worked in New Zealand 
  • May - August, 2018 - Backpacked through S. Korea, Nepal, Tibet, China and Mongolia
  • August - January, 2019 - House-sitting  in Montreal, Canada
  • January 2019 - Visited New York 
  • January - March 2019 - Living in Montreal, Canada
  • March 2019 - Visited Cuba 
  • April 2019 - July 2019 - Started working as a school counsellor, Lytton, Canada 
  • July 2019 - 200 hour Yoga Teacher training course, Rishikesh, India  
  • July 2019- December 2019 - Working as a school counsellor, Lytton, Canada
  • December, 2019 - January, 2020 - Flew to England
  • January 2020 - April, 2021 - Finished working as a school counsellor, Lytton, Canada
  • April, 2021 - April, 2022 - Worked as a Stopping the violence counsellor and counselling supervisor, Chilliwack, Canada
  • April 2022 - May, 2022 - Flew back to the UK 
  • May  - December, 2022 - Worked as a sexual assault support services counsellor (SASS), Langley, Canada 
  • December - January 2023 - Flew to England
  • January - May, 2023 - Finished working as a SASS counsellor
  • March, 2023 - Registered Clinical Counsellor, BCACC
  • June, 2023 - Started my private practice
  • July, 2023 - Approved Clinical Supervisor, BCACC
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My Experience
My Qualifications and Training

My Travels

Upon graduating, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of volunteering overseas in Vietnam in 2013. My three-month trip increased to three years and over this period, I volunteered in Cambodia, Brazil, Paraguay, and South Africa. Each experience was transformational and I was humbled by the kindness of locals in each community. I built strong and unique connections with both locals and volunteers in each city I stayed in. Over time, I learnt to embrace different cultural norms and practices. Moreover, I was able to shift my perspective and appreciate the small joys of life. 

My Journey As A Counsellor Overseas

My counselling journey began in Australia, where I supported women on a range of issues including but not limited to grief and loss, anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, domestic violence, anger issues, and relationship breakdown. I also facilitated group counselling for women on issues such as healthy relationships, boundaries, assertiveness, and self-esteem. As a counsellor, I supported women from diverse backgrounds and age groups. I then worked as a counsellor in New Zealand where I supported children, young people and women.

My Journey As A Counsellor In Canada

In Canada, I worked as a school counsellor at a First Nation school in Lytton. During this time I supported students on a range of issues including anxiety, childhood abuse, depression, intergenerational trauma, and stress. I then worked as a stopping the violence counsellor and a counselling supervisor for a not-for-profit agency in Chilliwack. I supervised six counsellors and four students who were completing their master’s degree in counselling. During this time, I also facilitated group counselling on Understanding Abuse, Connections, and Recovering From Abuse. Finally, I worked as a sexual assault support services counsellor for a not-for-profit agency in Langley. During this time, I counselled youth who had experienced sexual abuse and children with sexualized behavior problems. I also provided anchoring support to counsellors, at Foundry, as part of solution-focused brief therapy.

Counselling Qualifications And Training

Clinical Supervision Training

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Your Counselling Journey

Seeking counselling can feel scary and overwhelming for some people. In some cultures, talking to a counsellor or seeking support may not be deemed acceptable. I grew up with the idea that people should not talk to a counsellor about their issues because they would not be able to help. This is far from true.

Sometimes talking about past experiences can be painful and we may feel shame, embarrassment, and guilt. It takes courage and strength to share painful experiences and I acknowledge that it is not easy. That said, talking about these experiences will help you process what happened and over time it is less painful.

While we can not change what happened, we can change how we feel about it. We can also change how we react when triggered in the present day. Our triggers and reactions are connected to what we experienced in the past and for many of us, this goes back to our childhood.

Counselling Modalities

As your counsellor, I understand how difficult it may be for you to find the time and reach out for professional support. 

You may struggle to focus on day-to-day tasks due to powerful, consistent thoughts or feelings that may feel overpowering. When life is busy, you may find that you do not have the time to share these feelings. I support busy professional women who sometimes prioritise other people and tasks over their emotional well-being. 

 I believe we can begin to shift thoughts and core negative beliefs by identifying them in counselling sessions and focusing on where they may stem from. For some women, they heard a parent or family member share their opinion many times and as a result, these women internalised this. Thoughts are not facts and sometimes we forget this.

As a counsellor, I utilize the following counselling modalities in counselling sessions with clients:

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Office Address

201-3701 Hastings Street Burnaby V5C 2H6

Contact me

(604) 997-4757 email - info@ateasecounseling.ca

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