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 holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care, and a master’s degree in Counselling. 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 addictions, depression, anxiety 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: https://waypointcounselling.ca/support-group-for-people-living-with-disabilities/ )
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.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Body Oriented Therapy