Interacting with other people can be challenging.  We make meaning from other peoples’ actions and words, and the stories we create dictate how we relate to those people.  Our stories and ability to understand our own and other people’s actions are dictated by our environment, our self-care, our background, our culture, and more.

Over the past few years, more people are living lifestyles that our culture tends to dismissively label “alternative”.  Whether that be exploring the spectrums of gender, sexual orientation, relationship orientation, sexual preferences, or other, more people are challenging the status quo and enjoying lives that are rich in lived experience, but often face stigma for doing so.  Sometimes there are few resources that can normalize your experience, and so you feel like no one understands what you’re going through.

Spectra Counselling was founded in 2018 as a space to support the diversity of the human experience.  We strive to be a space where people can strengthen communication of their feelings and needs with their partner(s), figure out their boundaries, and have more satisfying interactions with the various iterations of relationship in their lives.  We use integrated counselling techniques, blending person-centred and narrative therapy with non-violent communication, emotionally focused therapy, art therapy, and more.

Spectra Counselling is kink-friendly, sex-worker friendly, LBGTQIA+ friendly, and is dedicated to being cross-culturally supportive and intersectionally feminist.  We started as a response to frustration with many counsellors’ ignorance of intersectional issues, and wanted to create a space where people felt comfortable being themselves and exploring how they wanted to show up in the world and defining their reality.

Current counsellors available:

Jenna Trostle