Taryn Smith is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, based in Victoria, BC. She provides counselling over the phone, via video and will soon be offering in-person sessions at an office in the Hillside area of Victoria. Taryn holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care, and a master’s degree in Counselling. She specializes in chronic health issues, disabilities and LGBTQ2IA+ issues, as she has lived experience in these areas herself. She also has expertise in addictions, depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, and youth. She uses a variety of methods including mindfulness, narrative therapy, guided visualizations for relaxation and assisting clients in developing internal resources.
Taryn has supported children, youth, and adults with disabilities for over fifteen years. As a person living with epilepsy, Taryn can empathize with the challenges of living with a disability. 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.
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.
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.
When she is not counselling, Taryn enjoys being outside in nature with her dog, windsurfing, spending time with family and friends and crafting.