“I am in constant awe of how magical people are. The realization that people can always find a way to survive and thrive informs my collaborative approach to counselling, which I see as a joint endeavour to practice courage, love, strength and compassion in the face of fear, shame, trauma, guilt and anger.”
In keeping with this approach, I believe that people have the ability to live the life they want and change is always possible. Counselling is not about getting advice from a counsellor on how to live your life, but more about being asked different types of questions that help you discover the answers that fit and work for you and guide you to the life you dream about. Self-discovery and personal change can be a scary place to enter into alone. Counselling is a safe place where we build a relationship together so that you are not doing the work alone. I also believe that smiles and laughter are key ingredients for happiness and can light the way towards solutions for even the darkest, most difficult of problems.
“Cecilia is the first therapist with whom I feel 100% trust and confidence without fear of judgement. She is easy to open up to and I don’t know where I would be in my life without her. I’m proud of my emotional accomplishments and the challenges I have overcome because of her help and guidance in seeing my true self.”
Approaches to Counselling:
Narrative therapy, feminist therapy, gender therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, personal developing coaching and mindfulness
Areas of Practice:
Trauma (current and historical), life transitions, personal development, family conflicts, addictions, gender therapy, body image/eating disorders, relationship conflict, depression/anxiety, adoption, grief and loss, military families, personal growth, marriage/family
Women, men and transgender individuals, youth, young adults, adults and families/couples, specializing in sexual trauma.
ICBC, WorkSafeBC, Abbotsford Community Services, Hospice Society, Ministry of Child and Family Development (Family Resources and Adoption), CHOICES Adoptions and Counselling Services, Mission RCMP Victim Services, Abbotsford Specialized Victim Assistance, Youth Resource Centre, Valley Law Group, University of the Fraser Valley, Elizabeth Fry Society, Abbotsford Police Based Victim Services
Approved Provider for:
- Crime Victim Assistance Program
- Veterans Affairs Canada
- Canadian Armed Forces
- Pacific Blue Cross
- ICBC Rehabilitation
- Ministry of Child and Family Development
- Abbotsford Hospice Society
- Residential Historical Abuse Program (RHAP)
Experience and Educational History:
- British Columbia Association of Social Workers, Registration #1001616
- British Columbia College of Social Workers, Registration #8476
- British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, Registration #3436
- Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), Dalhousie University
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW), University of the Fraser Valley
Personal Development Coaching
The purpose of Personal Development Coaching is to improve self-awareness, create an empowering identity, unleash latent potential, enhance one’s quality of life, improve social status, increase earning potential, determine one’s primary life purpose, and facilitate the achievement of personal causes and aspirations that will leave behind a personal legacy. You are on the journey of a lifetime, but do you have a map and the resources necessary to arrive at your desired destination?
The focus of personal development is a process of self-enhancement and empowerment that is focused on intentionality. This is about your intent to change your circumstance or effectiveness based on a specific measurable criterion. For some, that means improved outcomes in the workforce or increasing success in business or improving a relationship. Personal development is aimed at determining your life goals, finding meaning and creating your legacy. My coaching style is to help you find your purpose and create goals that are meaningful to you and work collaboratively at creating a map to get you where you want to be.
Clinical/Social Work Supervision
Brining almost two decades as a practicing social worker and clinical counsellor to supervision has been some of the most rewarding work. Trained at the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy under Dr. Stephen Madigan, supervision is provided from a Narrative standpoint where we collaboratively engage in looking and exploring your practice and your positionality in your work. This can be done individually or within a group context where we jointly explore transcripts, deconstruct questions, co-create new questions and supportively delve into critical analysis of clinical practice.
For more information or to make an appointment with Cecilia Mannella, call 604.746.2025 or complete our online form.