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Master’s of Counselling – City University of Seattle

Bachelor’s of Child and Youth Care, Child Protection Specialization – University of Victoria

Gottman Couples Method, Level 1, with Level 2 in progress

Community, Family and Child Studies dip. – Camosun College

ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Registrations and Memberships:

Canadian Certified Counsellor #10002988

AddictionsADHDAnger ManagementAnxietyArt TherapyBody imageBody Oriented TherapyChronic health problemsCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)DepressionDialectical behavior therapy (DBT)DisabilitiesGrief and LossLGBTQ2MindfulnessPost Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Self EsteemSolutions Focused Therapy (SFT)Substance UseTrauma

Taryn Smith, MC, CCC

Taryn Smith is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, based in Victoria, BC. She provides counselling via the phone, secure video and in person (mask required).  She also provides couples counselling for members of the 2slgbtqia+ community. She has completed Gottman Couples Method training Level 1 and is in the process of finishing Gottman Level 2.

Taryn specializes in chronic health issues, disabilities, ADHD and LGBTQ2IA+ issues, has lived experience in these areas and identifies as a queer woman. She also has expertise in addictionsdepressionanxiety and interpersonal issues. Taryn believes that her clients are the experts of their own lives. Utilizing a person-centered approach, she collaborates with each client to select the therapeutic tools that will work best. She uses a variety of methods including mindfulness, narrative therapy, guided visualizations for relaxation and assisting clients in developing internal resources.

Taryn has supported individuals with disabilities for over fifteen years. As a person living with epilepsy, Taryn can empathize with the challenges of living with a disability and a chronic health condition. Through counselling, Taryn can empower individuals with disabilities or chronic health issues, change their perspective, help them accept their reality, and ultimately to live their best life possible. Taryn facilitates a “Mental Health Support Group for People Living With Disabilities” that is free to Waypoint clients (click here for more information: )

As a former respite worker and education assistant, Taryn has gained an understanding of the challenges that caregivers face. She is prepared to listen and provide a safe space for caregivers to share their struggles and their dreams.

When she is not counselling, Taryn enjoys being outside in nature and spending time with family and friends.

A full list of Taryn’s areas of expertise is below.

  • Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions
  • Substance Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Art Therapy
  • Body image
  • Chronic health problems
  • Disabilities
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ2
  • Mindfulness
  • Self Esteem
  • Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Body Oriented Therapy

Contact Us

Counsellor Location:

Online and in-person

#332-1095 McKenzie Ave, Victoria BC

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