I serve clients worldwide by phone and skype.
In-person counselling services for Campbell River and North Vancouver Island.
Phone 778 996 3821. Marriage and Relationship Specialist.
Justice Schanfarber, CHT
Certified Hakomi Therapist
Sex and Relationship Coach
Couples, individuals, family.
Now accepting new clients. In-person sessions locally. Telephone/skype sessions for distance clients. Request an info package by email or call for a free, confidential 10-minute initial consultation.
Phone 778 996-3821
People come to counselling for two reasons. Either there’s an immediate issue – something has come to a head and it needs to be dealt with now (relationship breakdown, sudden loss or other crisis) – or there’s an ongoing issue that is interfering with happiness; perhaps conflict in a marriage or family, depression, anxiety, sexual issues, a dilemma or difficult decision, grief, trauma, abuse, or even something not fully nameable that lies just below the surface and keeps a person from feeling fully happy or comfortable in their own skin.
For an immediate issue I help the client calm down and get their bearings, then together we assess the problem and identify appropriate action. Sometimes the issue is resolved fairly quickly and the counselling is brief.
For an ongoing issue the process is usually longer and the work goes deeper, with an emphasis on identifying and transforming unconscious patterns, behaviors and beliefs. Trauma, family systems, grief and other deeply embedded issues may be addressed.
In all cases, I take a collaborative approach with my clients. We explore possibilities together, with me as compassionate guide and ally. Ultimately the insight and change comes from the client’s own experience.
Counselling Philosophy and Approach
I take the position that discomfort shows up in our lives to “wake us up” to parts of ourselves that want attention. This discomfort can take the form of conflict, depression, anxiety and other unwelcome experiences that affect our personal lives, our relationships and our work. Many of us are able to manage these uncomfortable feelings for a time. Denial, blame, drugs and alcohol… our strategies are endless. But the time comes when the strategies no longer work. As Anais Nin poetically observed – “The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
As beautiful and affirming as the blossoming metaphor is, growth in real life can be difficult. Simply allowing ourselves to fully acknowledge what we’re going through can be frightening or even incomprehensible at first. Different people need different types of support on the path of healing and integration. My approach honours the differences in personality types and balances compassionate listening and mindful inquiry with bold truth-telling and action plans for change.
- Addictions and compulsive behavior
- Anger management
- Anxiety and depression
- Assertiveness and confidence
- Conflict resolution
- Divorce counselling
- Family and youth
- Grief and loss
- Life changes
- Relationships and marriage
- Sex and intimacy
- Trauma and abuse
- Other issues
Additional Counselling Services:
Marriage Counselling (click to view)
Sex Therapy (click to view)
“The most powerful part of working with Justice is how he is right there in the trenches with you, really feeling through it with you, literally. I felt as though he was gently holding my heart in his hands, feeling everything I felt. I never felt observed, I felt experienced as a being. That was something completely new to me… it allowed me to go deeper, drop the fear, feel more, and completely release any pretense of self consciousness. I was able to unearth fears that had so long informed my life, I didn’t even realize they were there. My time speaking to him gave me tremendous insight about what was a core block, undermining the way I related to every aspect of my life, from family, to friend, to business, and to most profoundly, myself. The questions I uncovered while working with him are ones that I ask myself multiple times a day now. They honour an essential part of me too long hidden. Working with Justice illuminated an entire aspect of my being that was a nameless prisoner, until the day he helped me contract a plan for setting her free. Also, I found working over the phone to be surprisingly advantageous. I was able to maintain the physical privacy and comfort of working from where I was. It permitted me to be more present with my experience.” ~ Monica
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To schedule an appointment, request an info package, or learn more:
Justice Schanfarber, CHT
Campbell River Counselling Services
Phone 778 996-3821
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