We acknowledge that we are settlers living and working on the stolen, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Qayqayt, and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples.

Abby Chow, MA, RCC.


Registered Clinical Counsellor & Clinical Director

Hey, welcome! Question for you: what's making you deal with everything life throws at you alone? Do you want to be isolated with the problems you experience if you don't have to be? Maybe you're trying to break free from deeply-rooted self-doubt, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and other distressing emotions like loneliness. Many folks I work with have also experienced histories of trauma (not just trauma with a capital T) and grew up in invalidating childhood environments. In working together, we can rewrite and co-create sustainable systems of thought so that you can move towards who you want to be and actually embody it.

A little about me: For the last 10 years I've had the privilege of working with folks impacted by crime, partner violence, mental health, complex trauma, and addictions. Through our work we've dissected the paradoxes of life, cultivating growth and healing through choosing the stories we subscribe to and the stories we tell. My approach centers on empowering you through change by cultivating a culture of compassionate curiosity; often with a dose of humor and creativity. We look at your experience through an intersectional, anti-oppressive, and systemic approach, often incorporating things like EMDR, Art, Personality Models, and Somatic therapies to enhance your self-improvement, self-compassion, and self-actualization. In addition to my work here at Venturous, I teach and supervise counsellors-in-training at Adler University and Vancouver Community College. To ensure continual alignment to ethical practice, I engage in ongoing clinical supervision with Vikki Reynolds.

You wouldn't be here if you didn't already know that you can become who you want to be and move through the problems life is presenting you. Therapeutic support and connection can help you unlock that capacity and get you to where you want to be. You don't have to do this alone. Send us an email or book an appointment to connect. We're happy to accompany you.

Additional Trainings:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Immersion Program
  • CBT-I: Evidenced-Based Insomnia Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain
  • Complex Trauma Certification (CCTP/CCTP-II)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Core Training
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Core Foundations
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm
  • Internal Family Systems: Clinical Applications
  • Narrative Therapy Foundations
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment
  • Taming the Hungry Ghosts: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addictions
  • Trauma and Resistance: Innovative Responses to Oppression, Violence, and Suffering
  • Violence Prevention & Intervention Training Program – Battered Women’s Support Services