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Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Counselling and Support

We want you to feel cared for, supported and witnessed. Having a counsellor who is well versed in infertility and pregnancy loss is essential.

To schedule an appointment, please review the listing of counsellors below and contact their office directly.

Counsellors

Adrienne Carruthers

I’m originally from the land of the Haudenosaunee, Lenape, and Anishnaabe people in what is now known as London, Ontario, and moved to the traditional territories of the Lekwungen People in 2013.

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I’m originally from the land of the Haudenosaunee, Lenape, and Anishnaabe people in what is now known as London, Ontario, and moved to the traditional territories of the Lekwungen People in 2013. I love living on the west coast, and now have roots growing into this community with my family growing with me. I am an intentional solo parent, and gave birth in 2019, right before the pandemic.

I have been a registered midwife since 2013, and after the birth of my kiddo decided to go back to school to pursue studies in the way systemic oppression affects mental health and community through a Masters of Social Work at UVic. I completed the MSW in 2023. I loved studying and learning through this program and decided to merge my two worlds in a counselling practice that supports folks in making sense of their reproductive health journeys. I am particularly adept at supporting folks through traumatic events through a combination of Dialectic Behavioural Therapy analysis tools and Somatic Attachment therapy processes, as well as assisting in the basics of holding space for your confusion, anger, hurt, grief and whatever else might come up for you through this. I write a lot more about my background, style, and process here.

Location:

1641 Hillside Ave, Unit 330 (across from Hillside Mall), Victoria

Available for virtual or phone sessions as well

Rates:

$135/hr

I am registered with FNHA to cover the costs of counselling if you are status Indigenous.

I am registered with Medavie Blue Cross to cover the costs of counselling if you are a veteran or a recent immigrant or refugee in Canada.

I am a registered midwife, so if you are currently pregnant or within 6 weeks postpartum I can bill MSP for a few hours of counselling, with a referral from your primary care provider.

Amy Kelly

Amy Kelly is a former midwife of 10 years and current registered clinical counsellor. She is humbled by the opportunity to support women and their families throughout the many transitions of life.

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Amy Kelly is a former midwife of 10 years and current registered clinical counsellor. She is humbled by the opportunity to support women and their families throughout the many transitions of life.

Her approach  is inspired by her two year certificate in somatic-attachment psychotherapy with Lisa Mortimore, the workshops she has attended with Postpartum Support International, and Canadian Perinatal Mental Health trainings and most recently completing the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship at UC Davis. Here she was instructed by such luminaries as Bruce Perry, Stephen Hinshaw, Kristi Brandt and Cheryl Tatano Beck. When not in session she lives on a farm with her family, and loves writing and the outdoors.

Location:

576 England Ave, Courtenay BC

Delivery:

in person, or remotely via zoom or telephone

Rates:

$150 in person
$145 remotely

Brid Shine

In my earlier years I worked as a midwife in Dublin, Ireland. Later in life I took on a role as Clinical Midwife Specialist in Bereavement and Loss for over 10 years.

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In my earlier years I worked as a midwife in Dublin, Ireland. Later in life I took on a role as Clinical Midwife Specialist in Bereavement and Loss for over 10 years. In 2020 I came to live in Canada and currently work part time at Victoria Hospice supporting individuals and their families at the end of life.

The loss of a much wanted pregnancy at any gestation is devastating, and there are simply no words for the profound and unique type of grief associated with the death of a baby. This area of care is very close to my heart.

I have come to understand the ongoing bond parents have with their deceased baby and how the memory of this child remains etched forever in the psyche and heart of those who brought the baby into being. It takes time to grow around the loss, with its grief ebbing and flowing throughout a lifetime. I have worked with many families over the years and have come to see how poignant certain dates become in relation to the lost hopes and dreams. I have also seen how each small baby that comes to be, leaves some small legacy in this world that parents often discover decades later as they heal from the woundedness.

I am based in Cowichan Bay for in person sessions, and online via zoom platform.

I am also available for home visits and/or maternity hospital visits, with consideration of mileage.

Rates:

$140 for first intake appointment.

$120 for subsequent individual visits.

$140 for couples sessions.

Caylan Barber

I've always been a listener. Hearing other people, truly hearing and understanding them resonates with me on a soul level. Over the years, I took this passion and continuously learned everything I could about how to best honour and support those who trust me with their stories.

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I’ve always been a listener. Hearing other people, truly hearing and understanding them resonates with me on a soul level. Over the years, I took this passion and continuously learned everything I could about how to best honour and support those who trust me with their stories.

When supporting a client or family, I draw from a combination of lived experience (fertility struggles, multiple pregnancy losses at different stages, and working as a doula for 5+ years) and education (studies in Perinatal Mental Health, Infant & Pregnancy Loss, Behavioural Neuroscience, Counselling, and more).

I am part of the Syilx Nation, and often incorporate elements of the traditional knowledge gifted to me to support others. Additionally, passion for supporting marginalized communities (BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, Neurodivergent), supporting those with trauma and intergenerational trauma, and working with couples as this time can be incredibly hard on the relationship.

Outside of my private practice I work supporting Indigenous families & youth and volunteer on the Board of Directors for our local Indigenous Friendship Society. On my time off, you’ll often find me with a book in my hands under a tree, or exploring with my 5 year old.

Available:

Online Only

Rates:

$135/hr with options for sliding scale. Consults are free.

Jen Vining

Jen has deep roots in Victoria, B.C. She was born in Victoria, leaving for four years to complete an undergraduate degree in Winnipeg, MB. Jen and her husband Paul have been together since 1998.

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Jen has deep roots in Victoria, B.C. She was born in Victoria, leaving for four years to complete an undergraduate degree in Winnipeg, MB. Jen and her husband Paul have been together since 1998. They have a son Andrew who is currently attending university.

Jen’s interest in counselling began early in her life. She was exposed to psychology as a young child through her father, Dennis Payne (psychologist – deceased). It was during her high school years that she first became aware that people felt comfortable and safe sharing their concerns and problems with her. She has always been interested in people’s stories and enjoys supporting them as they worked through their feelings and decisions. Jen attained a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2007. After completing her master’s program, Jen worked at a counselling clinic for an additional 14 months before beginning her private practice.

Jen has a special interest in working with people with issues related to infertility and reproductive health and loss. She completed a year long post graduate program in Infertility Counselling.

Jennifer is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).

Location:

Jen’s home office is in the Mt. Tolmie area near St. Michael’s University School.

Sessions:

Sessions are 50 minutes long.

She provides sessions both in person and online.

Hourly Rate:

$157.50 (including GST)

Karen Loucks

I have lived in Victoria all of my life and have grown children (ages 26 and 28 currently). I obtained a Master of Counselling degree later in my working life (age 43).

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I have lived in Victoria all of my life and have grown children (ages 26 and 28 currently). I obtained a Master of Counselling degree later in my working life (age 43).

Before beginning work as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I was employed in an administrative capacity at a local fertility clinic. Patients would often speak with me about their concerns and challenges. I was aware that the issues and concerns were complex and deserved a skilled ear, so I decided to change course and returned to school to obtain my certification in counselling practice.

One of my internship placements during my Master of Counselling program was at Victoria Hospice. I feel very privileged to continue my work there as a Bereavement Counsellor. I’ve been working at Victoria Hospice since 2015.

And so, in my counselling practice both worlds (infertility/fertility … and bereavement) collide and come together in magical way. My hope is that this is reflected in my work and ultimately benefits clients.

Location

My office is in the Mt. Tolmie area of Victoria, BC (near both the University of Victoria and the Royal Jubilee Hospital).

Sessions

I offer: in-person, online and telephone sessions.

Hourly Rate

Currently $150 for individuals, $160 for couples

Rita Girn

The first thing you should know about me is that I lead with my heart. I acknowledge the privilege of this work and the courage required to engage in therapy.

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The first thing you should know about me is that I lead with my heart. I acknowledge the privilege of this work and the courage required to engage in therapy. I truly believe we are all looking for connection, belonging, and compassion, whether that is from the outside world or from within. I am honoured to walk alongside you and hold space for your most vulnerable and true self. I provide counselling in both English and Punjabi.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy,Postpartum and Parenting
  • Reproductive Health, Infertility and Third Party Reproduction
  • Grief and Loss (including tragic loss)
  • Life Transitions

Location:

I work virtually throughout BC and several other provinces.

Hourly Rate:

Individual Session: $160

Funding for Counselling

We believe everyone should have access to support and that finances should not be a barrier to accessing care.  Our foundation offers partial and full funding for counselling for up to 5 sessions to anyone in need.  To apply, please complete the online application form.

Apply for Funding

Join the Counsellor List

Are you a counsellor with an interest and experience in providing fertility and perinatal support?  We manage our list of caring providers by a number of criteria:

  • Registration with a recognized governing body  – British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA), British Columbia Psychologist Association (BCPA), and British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW)
  • Training and experience working with infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Availability

Please submit your application along with your CV and cover letter for review and consideration.

Apply to Join the List