I am pleased to provide in person individual counselling and couples counselling a convenient downtown Vancouver location: 236-470 Granville St., between Pender and Hastings. We are located in the historic Rogers Building and within walking distance of Granville and Waterfront Skytrain Stations. I also offer online and distance counselling across North America to individuals via Skype video conferencing. House calls may be available, please enquire. Please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have as you begin your healing journey. I  draw on many years of experience in my work and am continually expanding my knowledge in order to grow as a therapist. Some of the modalities I have found useful for my clients include:

  1. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  2. Gottman Couples Therapy Method
  3. Hypnosis & Dreamwork
  4. Biofeedback & Mindfulness
  5. Emotion Focussed Therapy
  6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


  • EMDR

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR is a highly effective and well researched treatment. EMDR has been established as a premier treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This short term therapy has been adapted to quickly and effectively serve clients with a wide range of difficulties including: addictions, sleep disturbances, anxiety, panic disorders,  and depression among others. Based on the Adaptive Processing Model, EMDR rapidly unlocks unprocessed memories and feelings about events and allows the mind and body’s natural healing processes to resolve previously blocked material.


  • Gotttman Couples Therapy Method

    The Gottman Couples Therapy method has over 30 years of research behind the theory. This is a positive approach when working with couples. Based on raising awareness of the needs of the individuals involved in the union, learning to communicate needs and increasing appreciation for each other; the Gottman Method is unique and effective. Dawna is currently on a certification track using the Gottman Method and has received advanced post Masters training in this method.



  • Hypnosis & Dreamwork

    Positive change begins in the mind as well as the body. Hypnotic work helps clients experience change and learning at deeper levels of consciousness that effectively alters the client’s perceptions of the world. A valuable tool for numerous purposes including: pre and post operative procedures, healing, pain management and sleep disturbances to name a few. Working with dreams allows individuals a direct connection with their deeper self–often referred to as the unconscious. Dreams bypass the critical attitudes of the waking mind and communicate important issues that the waking mind may be ignoring. Dreams are fascinating and although their meaning is often shrouded by symbols and metaphor the meaning hidden within them is almost always worth the work.

  • Biofeedback & Mindfulness

    All work  with clients is based upon an attitude of respect, unconditional positive regard and a strong co-operative relationship.  We will work together to discover the roots of your difficulties and identify both the strengths you hold as well as the areas where new skills can increase your ability to cope and thrive in life. Biofeedback provides real time feedback of body states including heart rate, skin conductance and air flow. At Healing Steps Therapy we use the information collected by sensors that monitor body states with a computer program to teach new skills and a more mindful way of being. Healing Steps Therapy provides a safe space where clients can explore feelings, thoughts and beliefs, feel heard, learn new tools to help cope with difficulties, heal and learn to enjoy life.

  • Emotion Focused Therapy

    Whether feelings or thoughts come first, both must be addressed in order to heal. In our society men in particular are discouraged from expressing themselves emotionally. People are often dismissed for being “too sensitive” or feeling ‘too much’. Our emotions have information for us about what our core needs are and whether or not these needs are being met. By learning to identify, allow, experience,  understand, modify and manage our emotions in a flexible manner we are better equipped to cope with our emotional experience.


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    What the mind believes the body and emotions follow. In practice I find basic CBT invaluable. Clients learn to accept thoughts as ideas rather than hard and fast truths. By challenging patterns of thoughts and core beliefs, clients gain control over their experience. Learning how to ‘shift’ out of a cascade of negative thoughts is empowering and a relief for clients plagued by a negative internal dialogue.