We are uninvited settlers occupying the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Qayqayt, and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples. Our relationship with these lands dictates our commitment to understanding the ongoing impacts of colonization and decolonizing our practices in and out of the counselling room.

Abby Chow, MA, RCC-ACS.


Registered Clinical Counsellor, Approved Clinical Supervisor + 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. I specialize in working with folx who are in the helping professions, but have supported individuals from many other walks of life as well. Many folx 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: I'm a cis, queer-with-straight-partner-privilege, (currently) able-bodied, working-turned-middle class, half-gen, racialized settler from Hong Kong. For the last 10 years, I've had the privilege of working with folx impacted by 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 co-creating spaces of change by cultivating a culture of compassionate curiosity; often with a dose of humor and creativity. We look at your experience through an intersectional, systemic, and political approach, often incorporating things like EMDR, Art, and Somatic work to contextualize your exploration, compassion, and growth.

In addition to my work here at Venturous, I teach and supervise counsellors-in-training at Adler University and Vancouver Community College. I also founded and run Reflecting on Justice, a mutual aid/wealth redistribution-based membership platform for therapists to unlearn systemic oppression within ourselves and our profession, through community with other therapists. 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) - Janina Fischer 
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Core Training - Dr. Adele LeFrance
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Core Foundations
  • Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism - Education for Racial Equity, Resmaa Menakem
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm
  • Internal Family Systems: Clinical Applications
  • Narrative Therapy Foundations - Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment
  • Supervision of Solidarity: Clinical Supervision Training, Vikki Reynolds, Dương Ocean Đặng
  • 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

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