About Me

Hi my name is Leena and I want to remind you that you are worthy

How do you view counselling?

I was born and raised in the busy multicultural city of London, England. Perhaps like me, you grew up in a family where seeking counselling was a foreign concept. Your parents or family members may have discouraged you from seeking professional support and similar to my parents, explained that we do not talk about our problems to strangers. You may have internalised this and believe asking for help is a sign of weakness. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed but there is no shame in accessing counselling. It takes courage and strength to reach out for support thus, it is not a sign of weakness.

What types of people access counselling?

People from all walks of life, different cultural backgrounds, and professions access counselling.

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What are the benefits of counselling?

There are several benefits to counselling. A few of those benefits include:

My identity

Timeline

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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

Other Qualifications And Training

Why choose At Ease Counselling?

Because you matter, you deserve to feel heard and valued

Your Counselling Journey

You are the expert of your life, not me or anyone else. As your counsellor, I will be curious to learn more about you, your life experience, coping mechanisms, struggles, and goals. I will also invite you to be curious and explore how your emotions appear at the surface when you feel triggered. There is a reason why you react in the way that you do, for example, perhaps you shut down when you feel overwhelmed. You are in control of how you feel and react even when you don’t feel like you.

You feel ashamed, embarrassed, and uncomfortable being vulnerable. You may also question if there is something wrong with you and wish you were like everyone else. Let me reassure you that there is nothing wrong with you. It takes courage to reach out, to be vulnerable, and to share your experiences with a counsellor. It may feel uncomfortable and I often compare counselling to weight lifting in the gym because it is hard work but you will benefit. It is not easy but important work that will help with growth.

Progress in counselling is not linear. You may make considerable progress but then feel like you had a setback. It takes time to unlearn and change how you think and your inner dialogue. Your default position may be to worry and think about every worst-case scenario even though the likelihood of these happening is low. We can shift this and work together so you worry less. Your inner dialogue has been critical for over twenty years but we can change this and over time, your self-talk will become kinder and more compassionate.

Counselling Modalities

As a clinical counsellor, I am trained in the following counselling modalities:



How To Find Me

Office Address

201-3701 Hastings Street Burnaby V5C 2H6

Contact me

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

Opening Hours

Open Monday to Saturday