About Dr. Avni


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I’m a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.  I’m a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC #2261). I’m also a retired member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and work exclusively with young adults and adults. Currently, my practice focuses on first responders, the military, and veterans.

I’ve provided psychological counselling services for fourteen years in a variety of settings in British Columbia and Alberta, including elementary and middle schools, post-secondary counselling centres, psychiatric hospitals, the Workers’ Compensation Board (Alberta), WorkSafeBC, occupational rehabilitation settings, and numerous community mental health agencies. I’ve worked extensively with adolescents and adults from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including clients from non-majority populations (e.g., immigrants, refugees, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ, etc.). As a psychologist who is also survivor of war, I empower others from a place of authenticity. I know firsthand the importance of compassion and awareness when healing from trauma which I bring to my work with public safety personnel, members of the Canadian Forces, veterans, and civilians.

Teaching has been a key part of my professional identity for a number of years. I have delivered talks and workshops for non-profit agencies, schools, and private sector businesses on topics such as trauma and post-traumatic stress, clinical hypnosis, diversity in the workplace, providing meaningful career counselling for immigrant professionals, communication skills, and anxiety and stress management. I taught relaxation and education classes for four years for two vocational rehabilitation companies. During that time, I worked primarily with the Canadian Forces, RCMP, BC Emergency Health Services, and civilians who were on a medical leave from work and experiencing emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, effects of trauma, work-related stressors, and/or family related stressors. From 2014-2020, I was part of the teaching Faculty with the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching health care professionals clinical hypnosis skills and energy psychotherapy at member meetings and workshops.

I’ve been in private practice since 2011. I had offices in Surrey, Coquitlam, and Kamloops before relocating my practice to Kelowna in August 2019 where I continue providing psychological assessment and counselling treatment services.

Education
PhD Counselling Psychology- University of Alberta
MSc Counselling Psychology- University of Calgary
BA Honours Psychology and Extended Minor in French- Simon Fraser University

Contact me today for a free, confidential 10 minute telephone consultation to discuss how I can help you live a calmer, healthier life or to book an appointment.

 
 
 
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