We are uninvited settlers occupying the stolen, 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.

Parveen Boyal, MCP, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sensorimotor + Expressive Arts Practitioner

Hi! Thanks for being here and taking the time to find someone to support you on your counselling journey. I know how difficult it can be to reach out for support, regardless of whether or not you’ve accessed counselling before.

To give you a better idea of what to expect when working with me, allow me to share a bit about my approach.
In my work with clients, I endeavour to create a space in which you can talk about topics and concerns that are difficult or have felt taboo. I am a big proponent of accepting and experiencing the whole spectrum of emotions and developing more compassion towards ourselves. Counselling is a collaborative process where maintaining your autonomy is the most important part of our work. We go at whatever pace feels most comfortable for you, and you will never have to try an intervention or share something that you do not feel comfortable with or ready for. I help my clients accept themselves and their emotions and connect with their values and what matters to them.

On a more personal level: I am a non-disabled, cis-het, South-Asian woman. I was born in BC and currently live and work in Vancouver on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Outside of my work as a counsellor, I am an avid reader and TV binge-watcher, I love baking, and try to soak in the sun whenever I can. I like spending time hanging out with friends and family, but also cherish times when I can unwind on my own. I also engage in my own counselling sessions and have lived experience with anxiety and panic attacks, body image concerns, and grief and loss.

From my own experiences as a client, I know how much of a difference it can make to find a counsellor that feels like the right fit. I invite you to book a free consultation with me to see if I’m the right counsellor for you. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Additional Clinical Training: 

  • Justice Fundamentals: Anti-Oppressive, Liberatory Practice Level 1 + 2
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 (The Gottman Institute)
  • Emotion-Focused Coping and Communication Workshop (Deltassist Family and Community Services Society)
  • Crisis Survival Skills: Helping Your Clients Tolerate Moments of Distress (Lifted Counselling and Consulting)
  • Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta, Coursera)
  • Building a Therapeutic Relationship When Working Virtually (Adler University)
  • Dismantling Weight Bias and Stigma (Adler University)
  • Safe Space Training: Creating a Safer Community for LGBT2QIA+ (Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Adler University)
  • Processing Rage (Ji-Youn Kim)
  • Compassion in Therapy Summit (The Awake Network and The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion)
  • San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training; Core ICS Mental Health - Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment
  • Body Image Comprehensive: Helping EVERY BODY find Peace with Food and Weight
  • Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Solutions for Trauma Recovery
  • Understanding Eating Disorders: Causes, Contributing Factors, Common Myths and How to Support Recovery