“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/coaching, 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), 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, Abbotsford Hospice Society
Approved Provider for:
- Crime Victim Assistance Program
- Ministry of Child and Family Development
Experience and Educational History:
- Faculty of Social Work- Sessional Lecturer
- 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
Over ten years experince in public speaking on topics of personal development such as self-esteem, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, finding hope, erradicating not good enough, chaning one’s belief systems, transforming your thoughts and living into your dreams.
Professional development in the area of social work practice and counselling skills such as how to ask effective questions, ethical decision making, self-care, burnout prevention and approaches to elevate your practice.
For more information or to make an appointment with Cecilia Mannella, call 604.746.2025 or complete our online form.