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Cat Main, Counsellor at Open Space Clinic

Accepting New Clients

  • Yes

Rates*

  • Individuals: $165

*Prices Exclusive of GST

Availability

  • Mondays (Afternoon/Evening)
  • Wednesdays (Daytime)

Therapy Formats

  • Virtual
  • In-Person

Populations

  • Individuals
  • LGBQT+
  • Moms
Cat Main, Counsellor at Open Space Clinic

Cat Main (She/Her/Hers)

Registered Clinical Counsellor, MA, RCC

Accepting New Clients

  • Yes

Rates*

  • Individuals: $165
*Prices exclusive of GST

Appointment Times

  • Mondays (Afternoon/Evening)
  • Wednesdays (Daytime)

Therapy Formats

  • Virtual
  • In-Person

Populations

  • Individuals
  • LGBQT+
  • Moms

Full Bio

What I enjoy most about being a therapist is getting the opportunity to have deep, meaningful connections with my clients. Brené Brown describes connection as “the energy between people when they feel seen, heard and valued,” and experiencing that energy is one of the most fulfilling parts of my work.

It’s an honour to watch people discover that their lives can change. Whether it’s seeing someone discover a sense of possibility after a period of feeling stuck, take brave new steps that lead to a more aligned life, or heal parts of themselves that didn’t seem possible previously – whatever the context, I get so excited when clients have these kinds of transformational shifts.

Areas of Focus/Specialty

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Difficulties
  • Personal Exploration & Growth
  • Trauma
  • Infertility
  • Stress & Burnout
  • LGBQT+

Therapy Modalities

  • Mindfulness-based
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Feminist & Anti-Oppressive Lens
  • Trauma Informed
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

What You Can Expect When Working With Cat

Clients have told me that they find me down to earth, warm and attentive. And that they appreciate my clarity, kindness and sense of humour.

I pride myself on being a great listener – to me, this means listening deeply to what you’re telling me in the moment, while also remembering details from what you’ve previously shared, so that we can make connections, see patterns and gain new perspectives in your life.

My counselling approach is an integrated one, which means that I draw from a variety of counselling theories & techniques that I adapt to meet your specific needs and situation. Regardless of the style I always ground my work in curiosity, collaboration and the creation of relational safety.

Generally, I find sessions weave between talk therapy and more somatic (body-based) practices. We’ll use language as a way to help make sense of your thoughts, emotions and experiences. This gives us a framework to develop understanding, create meaning and ultimately make new choices. I also incorporate somatic practices to help you gain awareness of your feelings and body sensations, build emotional regulation and develop skills to better manage stress and other challenging symptoms.

Cat's Experience & Training

Before becoming a counsellor I worked professionally as an actor and then taught acting at the Vancouver Film School for nearly a decade. The transition to counselling has felt quite natural, I think because the root of the work is very similar, understanding the complexities of the human condition and supporting people to express their truth.

Since graduating with my MA in 2015, I’ve had a wide variety of experiences in the realm of mental health, ranging from public school and hospital settings, to private recovery centres for addiction and eating disorders to low barrier counselling with non-profits. Being the lifelong nerd that I am, I continue to add to my extensive list of postgraduate training.

I have also had some really wonderful counsellors at very important and (incredibly vulnerable) junctions in my life and I’m so grateful for the space they held for me.

More About Cat

I’m funny, kind, and sometimes dramatic! I am allergic to small talk, but totally there for real talk. I’m an Enneagram 4, which means I am driven to search for deeper meaning and genuine feelings.

I grew up with a sister with cerebral palsy, which gave me some empathy superpowers – but also means I’ve had to work hard to not lose sight of myself while caring for others. I also lost my Dad as a teenager which was devastating, and yet led me to therapy, and contending with life’s big questions early on.

Becoming a mom has been another mind bending experience. It took me 4 years to become a Mom, which included a lot of hard lessons in letting go. And then when my daughter was 8 months old, I hit another real low. But reaching out for help was one of the best things I ever did, as it allowed me to heal and rebuild in a foundational way. Strangely, now, I wouldn’t do it any differently.

I live on Bowen Island with my family. The kid in me is thrilled I get to be in nature every day. My latest joy has been joining a community dance class! I also teach yoga, run storytelling events, enjoy time with friends and chase around my funny & ferocious 5 year old.