Meet Kate Koei
Counselling Therapist, Certified Grief Specialist, MA, MACP, CCC, ACTA
It’s not easy to find someone to listen when you’re dealing with a difficulty in your life.
Ideally, friends and family are there, with and for you, in good times and bad.
However, in reality, even the most well-meaning people in our lives may not be equipped to help when you’re trying to deal with a particularly difficult internal situation.
That’s where professional counselling comes in. If you are looking for culturally sensitive, trauma-informed support, you are in the right place!
In my approach to counselling, I am sensitive to my client's cultural background, beliefs and values. My own background and experience as an immigrant have enabled me to appreciate the experiences of those that are culturally different, immigrants, and those navigating cross-cultural challenges in various aspects of their lives.
I take an eclectic approach to counselling, integrating different approaches to address the client's specific issues.
You deserve an opportunity to experience life at its fullest, however, your given blueprint may stand in the way of realizing your full potential.
In therapy, we will explore what a renewed you could look like. I provide practical and effective therapy in a nurturing, safe and non-judgemental environment to help you gain insight that directs you towards your goals.
I work with individuals, couples and families who have experienced loss either through illness, death or other life and relationship changes; domestic abuse, trauma and abuse, PTSD, family conflict, relationship challenges and separation, and cross-cultural issues.
I take an eclectic approach to counselling, integrating different approaches to address the client’s specific issues. Some of the approaches I use in therapy include Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Solution Building Couples Therapy, Transactional Analysis Therapy (TA) Mindfulness and Psychoeducation.
Services are provided In-Person or Online
What I specialize in
Grief & Loss
Grief is a journey every person will undergo at some point in their lives and yet very person’s experience is unique to them.
Maternal Mental Health
I work with parents in prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum health. This includes relationship changes, infertility, miscarriage, TFMR, and stillbirth.
I have extensive experience in domestic violence and abuse especially with women who have or are experiencing domestic abuse.
Difficult Relationship Patterns
Our present relationships are heavily influenced by our childhood attachment patterns.
As an immigrant, I know that there are aspects of our culture that we hold dear despite assimilating and integrating into a different culture.
A one on one counselling in a safe and confidential environment. The discussions are collaborative with an individualized treatment plan.
Family dynamics are complex and have significant impact on the functioning of individual members. In counselling, individuals can gain clarity on the patterns that exist among them and learn new and healthier ways of interacting with each other. Learn more...
"I had privilege of attending a four week grief support group facilitated by Kate Koei November/December 2019 at Hillhurst United Church. The group dynamic was quite diverse with losses ranging from divorce, to wife in long term care facility, to death of friend, to death of a parent, to death of brother, to autistic grandchild, to death of adult son.
The group was very well run by Kate. She introduced safety and respect between the attendees, and as the weeks progressed, the healing amongst each member was notable. Kate also had the professional capacity to draw out the quieter members, making their grief valid and respected. There was so much learning and sharing, and all benefitted.
I attended as one who is a member of the AHS grief support volunteer team, after suffering the death of our adult son nine years ago. Kate was a professional and impassioned facilitator with knowledge, understanding, and desire to see grief revealed and shared as the path to healing. I highly recommend Kate as a personal and group counsellor to guide the difficult and ongoing journey of grief."
AHS grief support volunteer, loss of child
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