Richard Nevin, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor
Central Saanich BC
I work to help clients effectively change negative core beliefs, undesirable patterns and resolve old issues that keep them from moving forward. I specialize in Somatic Experiencing, a therapy that is very effective for resolving trauma because it addresses the psychological and physiological dimensions of an issue simultaneously. Counselling is a very individual experience. Just as every person has unique qualities and life experience, every counsellor has unique qualities, life experience, and training that they bring to their therapeutic work. It is important to find a counsellor that works in a way that is effective for you. With this in mind, I offer a no-cost 30-minute consultation for us to meet. This is not enough time to learn all that we need to know about each other or precisely how we will work together; however, I believe it will help you get a sense of who I am and what I have to offer. I will want to know a little about you and what you would like to work on, and you will have an opportunity to ask about how I work and how the therapeutic process may help you reach your goals. Sometimes it is easy to identify issues to address, and other times there may be just a vague sense that life should be more fulfilling. Often, specific symptoms – such as those related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or trauma – may be the focus of therapy. Whatever you present, we will work together to understand your experience holistically and use therapeutic processes that will allow you to make changes that reflect in all of your being.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and psychotherapist with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have earned a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Victoria. I have also completed a three-year Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training and a two-year Touch Work for Psychotherapists training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I have studied attachment rupture and repair with a somatic focus and developmental trauma. I continue to learn and support the trauma healing community through my role as an assistant at many training sessions. I have trained with the VIHA – USTAT team and completed courses and workshops in Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Addictions, Mental Health Issues, Possibilities Therapy and studied Emotion Focused Therapy. I am a student of Iyengar yoga, mindfulness practice and Enlightenment Intensives. Continuing personal and professional development are cornerstones of my counselling practice and enhance what I bring to each session with you. I am a fully insured member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and a registered member with the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch.