Chris Bitten RCC, ICADC
Since 1981, I have been providing counselling for youth, adults, families and couples.
My qualifications are:
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC 0501) certified in 1991. This is a master’s level credential through the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.
International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC) 1989-2015 through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. (Please note I have left the organization because I am dissatisfied with their service, but I left as a member in good standing). I have thirty years of experience with addiction treatment and much additional training.
Successful completion of a two-year training program in the theory and supervised practice of Family Systems Theory (Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Association, 1986)
My Approach to Counselling
I believe that warmth, skill, understanding and empathy are essential qualities in my approach. I want to create a safe environment where my client’s story is heard and respected, where his or her goals are understood, where emotions and thoughts can be expressed in depth, and desired change can be facilitated and supported.
We all have behaviour we wish to change, losses that we need to grieve and recover from, relationships we wish to improve and manage, and families and caregivers who have left us a legacy of their influence, for better or worse. We have ideas about how life should be lived: standards, ethics, hopes, dreams. Managing our feelings and building our communication skills are vital processes that continue throughout our lives as we encounter new circumstances. A secure and confidential counselling environment can help so much in healing and self-development.
A therapist needs to be reliable, consistent, open and responsive to feedback, non-judgmental and caring.
I am continuing to update my education through seminars, study, courses and conferences. And I attend a consultation group with other therapists.
To find out more about my theoretical orientation, please click here.