Taryn Smith


Canadian Certified Counsellor

Greater Victoria
Online, In Person
Accepting New Clients

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: 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.

Client Focus: Adults Couples
Areas of Practice: Anger Management Anxiety and stress ADHD Body Image Depression Grief and Loss Health Problems or Disabilities LGBTQ2S+ Sleep problems Substance Use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Self Esteem Trauma Mindfulness
Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Solution Focused Therapy Narrative Therapy Mindfulness Art Therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy


  • 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