Elana Sures, M.Ed, RCC

Founder & Clinical Director

(She/Her/Hers)

Elana is not currently taking new clients.

Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (daytimes only)

Types of sessions offered: Individuals, Couples, In person, virtual (in person sessions on Tuesday & Thursday only)

Rates: $175 (plus GST) for individuals; $190 (plus GST) for couples

Specializations: 

  • postpartum counselling
  • couples counselling
  • anxiety
  • perfectionism
  • clinical supervision for therapists
  • relationships

Approaches used in therapy:

  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-based and Compassion-Focused Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Get to Know Elana

What drives me to do this work?
I have always been drawn to people: fascinated by the relational histories that shape us, curious about what motivates us to act in the ways that we do, and compelled to understand and overcome my own suffering. I am well attuned to the vulnerable emotional states beneath grumpy or standoffish behaviour.

What can clients expect in working with me?
A client once told me that he values how we “always get to the heart of the issue.” My warm and candid demeanour facilitates meaningful conversations, and insights that you can apply right away. It is essential to me that my clients tap into parts of themselves that they may have previously been suppressing or defending. In my experience, when we do this, our relationships, work, and decision making comes from a clearer and more connected place. Through our therapeutic work, you can expect to experience greater emotional awareness, authenticity and stability.

I am experienced in addressing  a wide range of issues that bring people to therapy. This often comes down to painful emotional states, such as anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness and anger. I also frequently address issues of connection, intimacy and tension in relationships.

Counselling career trajectory: 
In 2005 I earned a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and have been practising psychotherapy ever since. I started my Vancouver-based private practice in 2006, and it has grown from a weekend project into the talented team at Open Space that you see here today. I have also worked as an outpatient mental health therapist at Vancouver General Hospital, treating clinically complex cases of developmental trauma, depression, and anxiety. I feel privileged to have the confidence of my clients, and I am dedicated to working with compassion, skill and transparency.

Who am I?
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.

My epic journey to become a parent gave me a lifetime in lessons on coping with uncertainty, anxiety and letting go. Parenting itself has been both joyful and complicated (and parenting a teen…well, that’s a whole other story). I work on my relationships with my husband and daughters every single day – and some days are easier than others. Knowing how intense and fraught our closest relationships are informs my work when I help others who are seeking greater connection and harmony in their relationships.

Outside of the office, I am a mediocre athlete, but am truly happiest when moving my body in some way – running, skate skiing, or dancing. I’ve been a bike commuter for most of my adult life, which arguably is one of my proudest accomplishments. I am an avid reader and I love to write.