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Providing In-Person Perfectionism Counselling In Vancouver AND VIRTUALLY ACROSS ALL OF BC

Your worth is not connected to your productivity.

Let us help you live perfectly imperfect.

Manage social anxiety, generalised anxiety & imposter syndrome.Start living with more ease today!

Become Aware of Your Tendencies
Identify your triggers
Reduce self-criticism

I'm afraid of messing up.

Perfectionism can lead to debilitating anxiety and burnout. And yet, it is a tendency that is very difficult to give up. Why? Because we’re rewarded for it every day through likes, compliments, and our own satisfaction (and relief) at coming out on top. Our sense of self-worth can become fused with how impressive we are.

And that, my friends, is a house of cards for your ego.

We can help you get to the root of the fears underlying your perfectionism and help you develop a kinder and more flexible relationship to yourself and others without compromising your values for excellence.

If you Struggle With:

  • Striving to anticipate the needs of others
  • Being able to ask for help
  • Procrastinating to avoid failure
  • Setting impossibly high standards for yourself
  • Pent up anger and resentment
  • Thinking being hard on yourself is necessary for your success

With counselling, we can support you to identify your perfectionist tendencies and rework your thought patterns so you can learn to live perfectly imperfect.

About Our Therapy Program

Counselling For Perfectionism

Your worth is not connected to your productivity. We can help you make that distinction in your mindset so you can live a perfectly imperfect life.

How It Works:

Years of clinical expertise in treating perfectionism

A comprehensive assessment of what drives and sustains your unrelenting standards

Meaningful, tailored-to-you interventions that help you transform the self-criticism and inadequacy that underlie perfectionism

Practical tools that will help you challenge and deactivate your perfectionism IRL

A therapeutic relationship that models and promotes compassion and radical acceptance

An honest, safe and deeply supportive therapeutic relationship provides an ideal opportunity to explore the edges of (and ultimately embrace) your lovable and imperfect self.

Our perfectionism counselling is pay per session, and can be paused at any time. To give yourself the best chance of noticing change, we recommend a minimum of 10 sessions.
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Who We Are – Open Space Counselling

What makes us different?

We want to help you create a life with more meaning & connection.

Our own experiences with pain and healing help us to understand and connect with your struggles, and our training allows us to give you the practical tools you need to move forward. As therapists, we are candid, curious and deeply caring people who want to help our clients get to the root of their struggles and alleviate their emotional suffering.

We believe in you.

We believe that beneath the struggles, conflicts, and anxieties that have brought you to counselling, you have so much more living to do. We see therapy as a way to tap into a more connected, genuine and confident version of yourself.
We help you see yourself.
We take the time to understand your inner world so you can identify and explore your untapped emotions and needs. We help you clarify what success looks like for you and how we can help you get there.
We help you get results.
We use all the tools in our tool-box to help you understand your challenges, examine solutions and take the steps needed to create lasting and sustainable change in your life and relationships. .

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Therapists Specializing In Perfectionism Counsellnng

Looking for the right Counsellor for you?

A good connection with a counsellor is the biggest predictor of therapy success. Complete a brief form to get matched with a therapist.

How Our Counselling Works

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We help you clarify the internal conflict that is getting in the way of what you want, so we can help alleviate your suffering in a way that lasts.

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We help you better understand yourself and your needs. We help you recognize the patterns that are keeping you stuck, and provide you with the tools you need to move forward.

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We provide tangible skills and tailor our interventions to your specific needs and work with you to create lasting change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Working on your perfectionism does not mean that you stop achieving. However, it does mean that we will help you operate from a healthy desire to achieve, rather than a fear that you will be judged, rejected, or criticised by others. Part of what burns out perfectionists is the fear that they are not good enough for public consumption, and we want to change that.

High standards are not always the problem, but often perfectionists have a lot of rigidity associated with their standards, as well as intense fear about falling short. We will help you examine your motivations for your standards, and develop more flexibility and generosity with yourself.

You bet it is! You’re describing ‘other-oriented perfectionism,’ which is when other people in your life are the primary target of your judgement and criticism. This type of perfectionism often damages relationships in your personal and professional life, as others grow to resent your unrelenting standards. We can help with this type of perfectionism, too.
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a mental health condition in which people are preoccupied with intrusive thoughts that only alleviate when they engage in compulsive behaviours (like cleaning, checking, organising, or controlling). While many people who are perfectionists joke that “I have OCD,” it is in fact an entirely different condition. Perfectionism can overlap with other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, but it can also be a stand alone issue. Your therapist can help you clarify whether your perfectionism is a symptom of another mental health condition.
Perfectionism is closely related to a fear of judgement or disapproval from others, combined with a self worth that is conditional upon being impressive and high achieving. Early childhood experiences, such as having parents with unrealistically high expectations or being raised in a highly critical environment can contribute to perfectionism. Some mental health disorders, such as social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder can lead to someone adopting perfectionist behaviours.

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What you can expect from
Perfectionism Counselling

Your perfectionism has taken years of conditioning to become so entrenched. In our experience, effectively treating perfectionism requires a solid commitment to therapy in order to see real results. We highly recommend hunkering down for at least 10 sessions with us, followed by longer term maintenance sessions as needed.

  • After one session, you will start to separate the things that are truly valuable to you from the things that are taking unnecessary energy from you.
  • After four to six sessions, you will start to adjust your self view to the point that you are able to allow yourself to do things imperfectly.
  • By twelve sessions, you will have the tools you need to commit to your goals without letting your failures define you.

Feel like yourself again With Counselling –
take control of your perfectionism.

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How To Get Started

Match With A Counsellor

A good connection with a counsellor is the biggest predictor of therapy success. Match with the right counsellor for you.

Book A Free Consultation

If you'd like to connect with a therapist to see if they are a good fit, schedule a free consultation. You can submit a request via our contact form t form or book directly with a counsellor below.

Note: Due to capacity issues, not all of our counsellors are able to offer free consultations.

Book An Appointment

If you know who you would like to work with, go ahead and book a session with them using our online booking platform.

It's time to release your fear of failure –

Open Space Counselling

Learn to let go of "perfect".

It's time to release your fear of failure –

Open Space Counselling

Learn to let go of "perfect".