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Julie Vancouver Counsellor

Accepting New Clients

  • Yes

Rates*

  • Individuals: $100
  • Couples: $125
*Prices Exclusive of GST, Sliding Scale Rates Available (Please Ask Us!)

Availability

  • Wednesday
  • Sunday

Therapy Formats

  • Phone
  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Ukrainian
  • Russian

Populations

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Parents
Julie Vancouver Counsellor

Julie Bohdanova (She/Her/Hers)

Graduate Intern, MA

Note: Julie is not yet registered as an RCC, and therefore her sessions are not reimbursable by most benefits providers. Julie offers reduced cost counselling as an alternative.

Accepting New Clients

  • Yes

Rates*

  • Individuals: $100
  • Couples: $125
*Prices Exclusive of GST, Sliding Scale Rates Available (Please Ask Us!)

Appointment Times

  • Wednesday
  • Sunday
  • Thursdays (Daytime)

Therapy Formats

  • Phone
  • In-Person

Populations

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Parents

Full Bio

My favourite part of this work is when I see a spark in my client’s eyes during the session –. when we reach a new insight, or when they feel truly seen and understood. In a supportive environment created by the therapeutic process, my clients get to create new experiences and engage differently with their lives. The best part of this work is when clients can better understand their feelings and needs, and see that these are not only valid, but a part of the human experience. Understanding and connecting with people is my passion, and this continuously motivates me to explore different therapeutic approaches to help my clients thrive.

Areas of Focus/Specialty

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Parenting Neurodiverse Children
  • Depression
  • Separation & Involuntary Loss
  • Couples/Relationships

Therapy Modalities

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Creative/Art Therapy

What You Can Expect When Working With Julie

My main goal is to create a strong alliance with you so that we can work collaboratively and productively together. We are partners in this work: you are the expert of your life experience, and I’m an expert in helping you use your strengths and insights to live and relate with more ease.

During a session with me, you will experience my curiosity, calm acceptance and compassionate manner. We will discuss your goals and the structure of our work together. Whether you are focused on one problem or bring multiple struggles to the session, we will move forward at a pace that is comfortable for you, and get to the root cause of your struggles. I work from a psychodynamic base, meaning that I consider our early experiences and relationships as being very influential in terms of the ways we relate to ourselves and others in present life. I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help my clients explore unquestioned beliefs, recognize alternative perspectives, and develop more productive actions. I validate our existing life experience but help you make new meaning of your circumstances.

Julie's Experience & Training

As a teenager, I became interested in Psychology when I was searching for answers to questions I was having about my relationship with my parents and the survival strategies I observed myself using.

My life took a different direction, and I ended up studying law instead. I started my law career by providing legal advice to families with special needs children. I recognized that the parents were mainly benefitting from the support and understanding, and I realized that I wanted to help such families professionally in a more therapeutic way. After my first maternity leave, I decided to get a Master’s degree in psychology and I graduated in 2018 as a clinical counsellor in my home country of Ukraine. In my practice, I helped people develop better coping skills, set boundaries, and work through anxiety and trauma.

More About Julie

I sometimes obsess over small decisions, like choosing a flavour of gelato or a nail colour, but I made the biggest choices in my life, such as marriage, having children and immigrating to Canada in the blink of an eye.

I grew up in the type of family where I had to learn how to take care of myself too early. That affected my motherhood with anxiety, fears of being not perfect and trying to control everything. So being a client of psychotherapy, I learned how to be a “good enough mother”, as suggested by British paediatrician and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicot. And I’m still on the path to learning that because each age has its own crises.

I immigrated with my husband and two kids to Canada from Ukraine in June 2022, and I am so happy to be here. I am loving the outdoor life in BC. I enjoy hiking and outdoor yoga, but I’m not overly sporty. I also love performing and acting, but I prefer it as a hobby, doing improvisations and impersonations, and just having fun with it.