Peggy Harowitz MC, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

(She/Her/Hers)

Availability: Wednesday evenings 5:30PM – 8:30PM (virtual and In person)

Rates: $165 + GST

Types of sessions
Individual, In Person, Virtual

Specializations / particular populations 

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • Involuntary childlessness
  • Chronic pain and illness

Modalities

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical  Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Get to Know Peggy

What drives me to do this work?

Meaningful conversations and connections are the substance of life!  I have always felt an aliveness in connecting with people on a deep level, whether sharing in grief and laughter or musing on the absurdity of existence.  I believe we are all adaptive and skillful beings, and sometimes we need some outside help to access our inner resources. The right help at the right time can support us in reaching what we strive for, and accessing the healthy self within.

Through my lived experience with loss, unmaterialized dreams,  and illness,  I know what it is like to struggle with loneliness, despair, grief, fear and anger. 

I also know that as we begin to explore our inner worlds from a place of curiosity and compassion, as opposed to judgement, we can start to see ourselves from a new perspective, and one where a preferred narrative and identity can take hold. 

I feel so grateful that I am able to hold space for my clients, help them make sense of their lives and support them in their movement towards greater ease. 

What can clients expect from working with me?

My clients tell me  that they find my approach refreshing, and that they appreciate my realness, my warmth and my humour, as well as my ability to help them connect to  parts of themselves from a new and more compassionate perspective.

I listen with an open heart and an open mind. I work collaboratively with my clients to overcome challenges they are facing.  This  may involve harnessing forgotten inner strengths,  understanding and releasing old patterns or finding alternatives to coping skills and ways of relating to the self and others that no longer serve. I support my clients to open up to life’s contradictions, and to accept that pain and joy and purpose can (and do) live side by side.

Counselling career trajectory

Counselling is my second career – after years of feeling unfulfilled and seeking more meaning and purpose in my work,  I took the leap in my 30s and trained to become a therapist. I hold a masters in Counselling Psychology, and have worked at several leading agencies, non-profit counselling services, and private clinics. I currently work for Vancouver Coastal Health, Primary Care Network as a mental health counsellor, supporting my clients through a wide range of issues. I am experienced in treating anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss (including MAID and suicide bereavement) and trauma. I also frequently see clients presenting with the typical human struggles of relationship issues, low self worth, perfectionism, people pleasing, life transitions, chronic pain and illness.

Who am I?

Outside the therapy office, a few of my favourite things include long meandering bike rides, jumping into cold lakes (and then warming up on hot rocks), and spending weekends absorbed in a novel. I relish the small joys: crisp apples, my morning coffee, a soothing heating pad, and playing pranks on my (ever tolerant) loved ones. 

I have a flair for comedy and the dramatic, and I love to entertain my friends and family by perfecting various accents and recounting events and stories that crack people up.

 I deeply value  spending quality time with the people I care for and travelling to new places, at my own pace, on my own time. I have a long held fantasy that I live in a world with teleportation, so that I wouldn’t have to experience motion sickness or traffic jams.