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Hi,
I'm Neora

a Registered Social Worker in Vancouver, BC

I'm a Clinical Therapist and Counsellor with a Masters of Social Work with almost 20 years experience in anti-oppression social work.

Background & Approach

As a Registered Social Worker working as a Clinical Therapist and Counsellor, my counselling approach is collaborative, holistic and sincere.

Together we will get curious about your concerns and figure out what works and doesn’t work for you to create the change that you want. During a session, I am grounded - focusing on what works for you and making sure you stay regulated and not overwhelmed. I help you slow down in order to find out where, in a small way, you can be there for yourself. It is also important to me that you feel better - not worse - at the end of a session. Together, we explore what brings you calm and ease, and help you to move in that direction.

The two central modalities I use in therapy are Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. According to IFS, our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal-allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS, all of your parts are welcome. 

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a somatic method. This means that I help clients learn to listen to the wisdom of their body. We will notice where emotions are held in your body, what body sensations come up when feeling triggered or overwhelmed, and how to notice stress, anxiety or shutdown in your body before it gets overwhelming. By increasing the connection to your body, you also increase the awareness of how you are doing moment to moment-bringing clarity, compassion and care to yourself. 

During a counselling session, I check-in with you - making sure you are present, able to continue sharing your experience - all the while learning and practicing with you how to be attuned to your emotional, physical and cognitive (thoughts) experiences.

The more we can notice, and can be with our present experience, the more our nervous system can feel safe, resilient and able to deal with the challenges before it. I can help you build awareness of this valuable information that has been there all along.

Education & Certifications

  • Masters of Social Work | University of Toronto, Toronto 

  • Masters of Hebrew Letter | Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

  • Registered Social Worker (RSW#10403) | British Columbia College of Social Workers

  • Professional Social Worker | BC Association of Social Workers

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Foundations of the IFS Model | The IFS Institute

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) Levels I & II | Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute 

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Immersion Course | The AEDP Institute

  • Direct Neurofeedback | Clarity Direct Neurofeedback Training, Dubin Clinic

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Unit I | Penn Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program 

  • Mindfulness Self-Compassion | Centre for mindfulness self-compassion

  • Somatic Self-compassion | Center for Somatic Self-Compassion 

  • Recover Your Warrior Body: Hacks for Traumatic Stress | Jane Clapp Institute

Areas of Support

Living (and having struggled) with my own chronic health conditions for decades has offered me great insight into your experience of chronic illness and pain.

 

I understand how hard it can be to convey the impact chronic illness has on so many aspects of your life. I understand that, often, it can feel hopeless and very lonely. I know what you are going through - and I’m here for you. Together we can take small manageable steps, slowing down into the here and now, and offer you deep compassion and companionship.

 

When we learn to notice what else is held in the body, in the places that hurt and in the places that don’t, we can discover new layers of memories, emotions and experience. We can explore the stuck or broken parts of your being and deeply connect with what the moment is telling you-helping you to receive love, acceptance and connection.

I have a special interest in working with individuals living with and/or wanting support with:

  • Chronic illness and pain management

  • Substance use and addiction

  • Parenting and relationship challenges

  • Trauma recovery and PTSD

  • LGBTQ+

  • Spirituality

  • Anger management and  anxiety

  • Depression and grief/loss