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Comprehensive Counselling in Nanaimo, BC for Mental Health and Relationships

All about the Therapy Place 

Discover professional counselling in Nanaimo tailored to your needs.  Overcome, anxiety, stress, depression and more with our expert therapists.  Your path to well-being starts here.

We're a team of clinicians, proudly serving Nanaimo and the mid island region.  We're trained in a variety of techniques and approaches, and we have decades of counselling experience between us.  Our clinical team is comprised of Masters-level Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers, affiliated with the BCACC and BCCSW.

Here are just a few of the issues with which our team of psychotherapists frequently work:

People dealing with depression often experience low mood, poor energy, sleep problems, difficulties concentrating, and a general lack of mojo.  Everyone goes through down times occasionally, but if you ever get trapped there, it's not fun.  There is hope!  Research in the field has come a long way and a trained depression counsellor can help you return to your normal self.  How do you find the best fit for you counselling needs?  You're already doing it:  do some research.  Then get in touch to book a session.  You can learn more about this by checking out the "Depression Counselling" tab on the menu above, or by clicking here.


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Man with anxiety

Like depression, anxiety problems are on the rise.  There are a lot of reasons for this, but the important thing is to know that it is treatable with the help of a trained anxiety counsellor.  Symptoms often include: feelings of panic/unease, difficulty sleeping, thoughts of worry, specific fears (like public speaking or phobias) procrastination, and racing thoughts.  We'll come up with a plan that helps you to regain control.  Click here for more information on this topic.


All relationships have their ups and downs.  But if yours is experiencing a prolonged period of unresolved conflict, bitter arguing, or broken trust/affairs, it's probably time to for marriage counselling.  A skilled marriage counsellor can help you make sense of things and give you the tools to get your relationship back on track!  You can learn more about this by checking out the "Family and Couples Counselling" tab on the menu above, or by clicking here.

Couples counselling

Couples/Marriage Counselling:

Storm and trauma

Trauma counselling:

Trauma is a difficult beast to live with.  Whether the traumatic event(s) or recent or old, the results can be devastating.  Frequent symptoms include nightmares, panic attacks, dissociative symptoms, living in a state of fear and anxiety, the inability to feel safe in certain situations, flashbacks, difficulty trusting self/others, etc.  Much of this is physiological, but that doesn't mean that it isn't treatable!  Learn more about this by clicking the trauma tab on the menu above or by clicking here.

Clinical Intern Program (Low-cost counselling):

We are pleased to be in a position to provide an option for those who don't have benefits or who are undergoing financial hardship.  We are able to provide counselling services for a fee of $40 (or by donation).  You will receive services from a clinician in the final stage of his Masters counselling studies.  Our clinical interns are hand-picked for skill, maturity, and fit.  Clinical supervision is overseen by our own experienced Registered Clinical Counsellor, Andrew Bertram.  To access this program or to learn more about it, click here.

Other forms of counselling:

That's not all we do, of course.  We also provide service in the areas of family counselling, communication, self esteem, family conflict, shame, parenting, anger management, grief counselling, loss, etc.

We would love to hear more about the hopes and challenges of your particular journey, and to see how we can be of service to you!

Clinical Counselling

"All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse toward growth."

—Abraham Maslow, PhD

Our Clinical Director

Ron Depner is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 27 years in the counselling profession.  He has worked in a number of mental health settings including hospitals, treatment centers, non-profit community service providers, and government organizations.  He holds a Masters from City University of Seattle as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta.  He holds multiple advanced certifications and awards in areas of couples and individual counselling.  He oversees the clinical aspects of service delivery for The Therapy Place.

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