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About

Sandigan Wellness was created to bring a holistic, culturally sensitive, and creative take to counselling that embraces a person's own individual intersectionality.

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Our Story

Who We Are

Life brings us to many places as we journey ahead and cultural lenses (age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, (dis)ability, social class) play a part in who we are and in turn our own individual experiences. 

 

Sandigan Wellness was created to bring a holistic, culturally sensitive, and creative take to counselling that embraces a person's own individual intersectionality. Many forms of therapy have been created for and by, as well as researched for and by, people of cultural majority groups; Sandigan Wellness seeks to adapt these approaches to embrace all parts of you – even the parts that don't fall into those categories. 

Sandigan Wellness is a safe space for marginalized individuals and communities to find the support and healing they too deserve. 

Sandigan Wellness:

Esther Chu, M.A., RCC, CCC

Being faced with challenges is a normal part of life, but that doesn't mean you need to face them alone. I am a counsellor who is familiar working with and navigating areas such as intergenerational and interpersonal trauma, bi-cultural stress and healing, identity exploration, grief, as well as various mental health challenges. My work is grounded by the understanding that we, as people, are a walking mosaic of our lived experiences as well as the experiences we did not receive. 

As a Counsellor...

I work to learn your own individual strengths and how we can reach your goals in a way that makes sense for you. I view counselling as a collaborative process as we explore different ways to get you where you'd like to be.

 

My work is grounded in a person-centred approach and draws upon various therapeutic modalities such as:

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Experiential Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Attachment-Based Approaches

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Somatic-Based Approaches

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) ​​

  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy

I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I also am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as well as an approved ICBC Service Provider for counselling. Outside of the counselling office, I am playing ultimate frisbee, training in the gym, playing video games or listening to music!

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