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Open Space Counselling

Meet Our Team

Clinical Counsellors

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Monday-Friday, Sunday

Specialties: Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Body Image, Peer Relationships, Self-Worth/Confidence, Perfectionism, Break-ups, Sleep/Insomnia, Motivation

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Evenings & Weekends Available
  • Individuals
  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Peer Relationships
  • Confidence
  • Perfectionism
  • Break Ups
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Motivation

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Relational Trauma & Attachment, Immigration & Assimilation, Prenatal/Postnatal Difficulties, Personal Exploration & Growth

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Individuals
  • Evenings Available
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Relational Trauma & Attachment
  • Immigration & Assimilation
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Difficulities
  • Personal Exploration & Growth

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Mondays (Afternoon/Evening), Wednesdays (Daytime)

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Infertility, LGBQT+, Prenatal/Postpartum Difficulties

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Individuals
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Infertility
  • LGBQT+
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Difficulties

Registered Clinical Counsellor, CCC

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Adults, Teens

Availability: Wednesday (Evenings), Thursday (Evenings), Friday (Daytime), Saturday (Daytime)

Specialties: Anxiety & Stress, Depression, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Adults & Teens
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (Evenings), Friday (Daytime)

Specialties: Anxiety, Stress, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, Depression, Involuntary Childlessness, Chronic Pain & Illness

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Evenings Available
  • Individuals
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Depression
  • Involuntary Childlessness
  • Chronic Pain & Illness

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals, Couples

Availability: Tuesday (Evenings), Wednesday (Daytime), Friday (Daytime)

Specialties: Anxiety, Struggling to Conceive-Infertility, Couples/Relationships, Postpartum, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, People Pleasing

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Evenings Available
  • Individuals & Couples
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility & Postpartum
  • Relationships
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • People Pleasing

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals, Couples

Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Relationships, Postpartum Difficulties, Sex & Sexuality

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Individuals & Couples
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationships
  • Postpartum Difficulties
  • Sex
  • Sexuality

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person & Virtual

Works With: Individuals, Couples

Availability: Monday (Afternoon/Evenings), Wednesday (Daytime)

Specialties: Couples therapy, Self Esteem/Self Compassion, Complex Trauma, Male Survivors of Sexualized Abuse, Religious Trauma, Anxiety, EMDR

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Individuals & Couples
  • Complex Trauma
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationship Anxiety
  • Religious Trauma
  • Male Survivors of Sexualized Abuse

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: Virtual

Works With: Individuals, Couples

Availability: Monday-Friday (Daytime)

Specialties:  Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Grief & Loss, Career Changes, Men’s Therapy, Relationships

  • Virtual
  • Individuals & Couples
  • Career Changes
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationships

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Therapy Formats: In-Person

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Monday, Friday

Specialties: Anxiety, Stress, Grief & Loss, Forming & Keeping Relationships, Self Doubt

  • In-Person
  • Individuals
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Grief & Loss
  • Forming & Keeping Relationships
  • Self Doubt
  • Mental Blocks

Reduced-Rate Counselling

Graduate Intern

Therapy Formats: Phone, Virtual, In-Person

Works With: Individuals, Couples, Parents

Availability: Wednesday, Sunday

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Loss, Parenting Neurodiverse Children

  • Phone & In-Person
  • Individuals, Couples, Parents
  • English, Ukrainian, Russian
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Loss
  • Parenting Neurodiverse Children

Graduate Intern

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Individuals

Availability: Saturdays, Wednesdays

Specialties: Anxiety, Stress, Overwhelm, Depression, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Work-Related Stress, Family Relationships, Grief & Loss, Low Self-Esteem

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Weekends & Evenings Available
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Anxiety, Stress & Overwhelm
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family Relationships

Practicum Student Intern

Therapy Formats: In-Person, Virtual

Works With: Adults & Teens

Availability: Weekends & Evenings

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Trauma, Emotional Regulation

  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Adults & Teens
  • Weekends & Evenings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Emotional Regulation
Elana Sures, Founder and Clinical Director, Open Space Counselling in Vancouver, Canada

Elana Sures, M.Ed., RCC

Owner & Clinical Director

Meet The Founder

I treated clients for many years as a sole practitioner, building up a faithful and steady clientele that was generated almost entirely by word of mouth. I might have carried on this way for many years more, but when the pandemic hit, the demand for counselling in Vancouver was staggering. My waitlist grew and grew, and finally, I had to start turning people away. It caused me a lot of stress knowing how many people were waiting for many months to receive therapy, either with me or with other therapists.

On a rainy fall walk in 2020, I started to daydream about building a group practice: a practice based on the values, style, and client experience that made my solo practice resonate with so many people. A group practice that would mean never having to turn away people motivated for counselling. When I finally arrived home hours later, I had the earliest framework of Open Space Counselling sorted (and I was soaked).

Because I have practised as a counsellor in Vancouver for so many years, I know a lot of incredible therapists! I may be a little biased, but I honestly think Open Space Counselling has the best therapists in Vancouver. The first six counsellors to join my team were people who I handpicked, recruited and convinced (begged) to join my team. After I ran out of people I already knew, I launched hiring campaigns to find therapists who are aligned with the vision, values and vibe of Open space Counselling.

Who are the right people? The therapists at Open Space Counselling are all highly skilled, astute, and very bright. They’re obsessed with therapy, psychology, and healing outside-the-box. But our vibe is what sets us apart. Our therapists have a warm, natural energy. We are candid, open, and not afraid to be ‘real.’ We’re curious and have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter. It’s not unusual for us to have a big laugh together with our clients.

Finding therapists who are a good fit with our team means I don’t have to micromanage (which I hate), and that I don’t need to lose sleep wondering if the clients at Open Space are receiving good care.

In a word: impact. Our number one source of referrals continues to be word of mouth, which tells me that the transformation our clients experience motivates the people around them. Through our individual counselling, couples counselling, and our low cost counselling program, we continue to find ways to help more and more people.

Like you, I am a person of contradictions. I’m an extroverted introvert, and a nervous adventurer. I am the most laid back Type A person you’ll meet, but make no mistake: I am Type A.

I’m a psychology nerd at heart, but I have learned that I surprisingly love entrepreneurship! My natural impatience leads me to take decisive action fairly easily, and my passion for connection has helped form collaborations between Open Space Counselling and many other incredible health and wellness providers in Vancouver. I’m an insanely early riser, and I have some of my best ideas when everyone else is sleeping.
Outside of the office, I am happiest when moving my body in some way, which these days is doing Pilates, going on long walks and bike rides, and cross country skiing. Reading novels is my favourite way to pass the time, and the only thing that holds my attention long enough to tune out the world around me. I live with my husband and two teenage daughters, who are my greatest teachers, and my ‘why’ for pretty much everything.

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