About Venturous Counselling

Why "Venturous"?

You exist in context, so it only makes sense that the problems you experience do too. Unfortunately, most of psychology commonly disregards this context and places the issue solely within you. But isn't life already hard enough? Do you really need to take on MORE blame and shame for things that are not yours to carry?

"Venturous" means bold, daring, audacious, and enterprising. It represents the spirit of tenacity and the rebelliousness of thought required to speak truth to power both systemically and intrapersonally. It is our commitment to helping you uproot the internalized beliefs that act as the life support to problems you experience. To empower your ability to choose your story, to make your own meaning. Because to co-create sustainable systems of thought, we have to rebelliously subscribe to a different narrative.

Venturous Counselling and Wellness is a purpose-led wellness group built on two fundamental pillars: multidisciplinary practice and justice-oriented action. Believing in the mind-body-community connection, we pride ourselves on offering services beyond the talk...because simply focusing on talk therapy is like only allowing yourself to use one arm when swimming. You can do it, and you'd probably get to shore if you need to, but it sure makes it a lot harder than it has to be! That's why we incorporate EMDR, art, movement, and breathwork practices alongside traditional counselling services to help you truly access your full capacity for growth.

We also believe that there's more to healing than what happens within the therapy room. That's where strategic justice comes in...

Strategic Justice.

Providing therapy and wellness services is only one part of our work. When you access support with us you're joining in on something bigger. Our strategic plan brings community back into mental health care. We want to thoroughly disrupt the industry that roots problems solely within you while making social responsibility optional for practitioners.  Media-kit with full details coming soon. 

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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 such as disconnection. 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 forward towards who you want to be and...Read more >>

What does being healthy mean to you? Maybe this has been a balancing act you’ve been trying to resolve for a long time. Or maybe you’ve been in survival mode for so long it’s been hard to take a breath to really consider it. I get it, I’ve been pondering this question for more than 10 years. I think it’s about the mind, the body, and interconnectedness with happiness, community, and fulfilment. That the pillars of health come down to sleep, nutrition, movement, and a good balance between stress and relaxation. Without them, it's hard to feel sustainable fulfillment and energizing vitality. It becomes difficult to maintain the energy levels...Read more >>

Meet the Venturous Team

Jasmine Garfield, MCP, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor & EMDR Practitioner

Welcome, I believe in the importance of having a place(s) and relationships where a person can feel heard, cared for, and respected.

My approach is eclectic, in that, I draw from a range of evidence-based approaches and adapt my approach in response to what brings each individual into counselling. I am a trauma-informed therapist who approaches sessions from an Adlerian and Narrative lens. I provide client-centered counselling from a strength-based and anti-oppressive perspective. I am dedicated to holding a friendly and inclusive space where individuals feel safe to be themselves. A little bit more about me…I grew up in a small town in Ontario and moved to British Columbia...Read more >>

Tamaki Kano, MCP-AT, MSc, RCC, CCC

Art Therapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor & EMDR Practitioner

Hi! I am glad you’re here. I offer support in transforming from feeling blocked, stuck, and overwhelmed to accessing all your beautiful emotions, rich experiences, and amazing potential. To different degrees, many of us have been taught to tuck away our pain, keep secrets, or conform to who others want us to be. And maybe this has even served us well in various contexts! But would you want this to be the rest of your life?
I am focused on therapeutic methods that can support you in making connections with your own amazing self, by supporting your processing of the trauma that has blocked it; by developing insight about socialized roles urges, and fears; and/or by building a new neurological...Read more >>

Jane Whitlaw, MEd, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Walk & Talk / Nature Therapy

Welcome! I’m so happy you’re here and I want to congratulate you on taking the first courageous step toward healing and wellness. Let me provide you with a brief introduction so you have a sense of what to expect in working with me. My clinical philosophies are rooted in the values by which I both live and work. Authenticity, I believe contributes to the development of a trusting and real connection. Who I am in session, is who I am as a person, and the congruency of my own presentation is integral to supporting you to live your life according to your own values and beliefs. I am not here to tell you what to do. I’m here to remind you of the agency you have within yourself to heal from...Read more >>

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.