We are uninvited settlers occupying the stolen, 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.

Julianna Lei, MCP, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Hello and welcome! Come and sit, let’s chat for a while. In my own lived experience getting counselling, I know how uncomfortably vulnerable it is to reach out for help; I’m glad that you are here, bravely making that first step for yourself.

My work is grounded on the perspective that how we story our lives is incredibly powerful, and it is through these stories that we make sense of the world, ourselves, and our experiences. These stories can be taught, inherited, passed down, adopted, melded, and combined. Some stories are helpful and empowering, and some stories can cause us to feel trapped, frustrated, and helpless. And for some stories that we have, we would rather them be forgotten, hidden, and ignored because of how much pain and shame these stories bring us.

We would approach our counselling from a place that perceives healing from a holistic and relational perspective - creating a safe place where we feel free to be our whole self and reconnect with the parts of ourselves that may be tangled up in hurt, shame, and hopelessness. Part of our work together will be exploring all parts of your story with compassionate and thoughtful curiosity. We will be tracing the threads that make up our stories, examining how we came to know what we know about ourselves, others, and the world. As we slowly unravel the threads of our story, we will rebuild and reclaim our stories anew - learning new insights, new perspectives, new skills, and new (and rediscovered) strengths. Our time together will be collaborative and co-created. I may bring forward experiential exercises, questions, promptings, and tidbits of knowledge here and there, but ultimately, you are the author and the expert of your story, setting the topic and pace of where and how we will go.

A small glimpse about myself. I am an uninvited settler currently occupying the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. I am a cis-het, non-disabled Chinese woman, and am a 1.5 generation immigrant, born in BC to a dad from Guangdong, China and a mom from Hong Kong; I’m no stranger to navigating the nuanced and complex intracultural clashes between colonialism, Eastern traditions, and Western philosophies. I am familiar with the challenge of straddling multiple cultures, trying to satisfy conflicting expectations whilst trying to find a place where I can plant my feet and live out my full authentic story. Outside of the counselling room, I love to immerse myself in the rich worlds found in books and video games. Unsurprisingly, I also enjoy watching anime and streaming series – especially with friends and loved ones! That being said, my ultimate pastime is spending many hours curled up with a book, a cup of tea and a cozy blanket.

I’m excited to meet you and hear the stories you will share. I would love nothing more than to walk with you on your journey towards transformative healing and discovery. If you are interested in journeying together, feel free to email me or book a consultation with me. I can’t wait to meet you!

Additional Clinical Training: 

  • Justice Fundamentals: Anti-Oppressive, Liberatory Practice Level 1 + 2
  • Homelessness & Intersectionality
  • Anti-Asian American Hate and Xenophobic Harassment
  • History of Colourism in Latinx Communities
  • Introductory Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training: Core Skills & Competencies
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy 
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Solutions for Trauma Recovery
  • San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training; Core ICS Mental Health - Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Radical Permission by Institute for Radical Permission, adrienne maree brown, Sonya Renee Taylor