More Than Just My Work

I am a learner at heart. I love reading and learning about myself and the world around me. I come alive by connecting with others, both two-legged and four-legged ones. Feeling the energy of walking a new city is always a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Cooking is where my creative juices get exercise.

Kristin Sickavish, M. Ed., BCBA

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Intern

I seek to support individuals as they navigate a variety of life’s challenges; relationships, grief and loss, life transitions, managing expectations and finding ways to live and be proud of who we are and how we show in the world even when it’s hard. I endeavor to create a space that fosters psychological and emotional safety where my clients feel empowered to grapple with and explore topics that are deeply personal and meaningful to them.

A focal point of my work is supporting individuals with neuro-diversities, which include autism, intellectual disabilities, learning differences, and ADHD. I take a family systems approach and understand that each individual is part of a larger system and emotional unit that impacts so much of who we are and how we grow. I am available for parent coaching with respect to setting boundaries, following through with behaviour expectations, supporting home and school collaboration, IEP development and goal setting.

I am currently completing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. I hold a Master’s in Special Education from UBC and am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. I have worked in the public school system for the past 10 years and am dedicated to supporting inclusive education to foster the growth and learning of all individuals, from the students themselves to their entire support systems.

“The ways you have learned to survive may not be the ways you wish to continue to live”

I believe in the universal nature of the human experience; we all yearn to be deeply seen and known and yet are hardwired to protect our inner selves.

We are all searching to be deeply seen and known and yet simultaneously are hardwired to protect our inner selves. The inevitable tension this creates, often pulls us away from showing up in ways that are in keeping with our core values. Giving language to our emotions and our vulnerabilities and learning to create space for them in our bodies helps slow our automatic and survival responses and moves us toward becoming the person we want to be. Leaning into the struggle with a sense of curiosity is the essence of resiliency, self-regulation, confidence, autonomy and authenticity. This is not just the place that I want to work, it is the place that I want to live. I endeavour to show up as myself with my clients and work alongside them to uncover their own.

Client Focus

Children 7+, Youth, Individuals, Parents/Families

Issues

Life transitions, anxiety, depression, identity and self-awareness, separation/divorce, fear and insecurities, Neurodiversity, learning disabilities, ADHD, co-parenting,

Approaches

Person-Centred, Narrative Therapy, and Client and Solution Focused.

Specialties

We specialize in a variety of neurodiversity, behavioural, anxiety, attention, learning, social, and emotional problems. We also provide family support through parent coaching, counselling, and reunification.