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Charity Bryant specializes in counselling children, youth and adults in anxiety, trauma and relationships. With children and youth, her approach is using the creative arts, play therapy, sand tray therapy and mindfulness practices. With twenty years experience of helping children and youth as a school teacher, mindfulness and yoga teacher, nanny and counsellor, as well as fifteen years of theater acting experience, Charity brings a dynamic and creative skill set to connect with children and youth. Charity is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Certified Yoga Instructor, Women’s Empowerment Coach and Somatic-based, Trauma-informed Registered Clinical Counsellor online and in Victoria.

The essence of her counselling work is to facilitate self-growth by helping you identify and move through the root of your core challenges by developing greater self-compassion, mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral practices so you can relate to your thoughts, emotions and body in a healthy way and find the personalized, practical tools you need to help you achieve your goals. She has lived through many challenges and abuses and has healed herself using the same somatic practices she shares with her clients. Each session is co-created at a pace that is comfortable and safe for you where you will discover your inner strengths, peace and wisdom.

My Qualifications

  • Canadian Certified Counsellor licensed with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

  • First Nations Health Authority Mental Health Provider.

  • Crime Victim’s Assistance Program Counsellor.
  • Relationship Coach helping women break free from unhealthy relationship patterns and reconnect to their joy, passion and love, no matter their relationship status.

  • Member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families.

  • Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher trained from the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. 

  • Mindful Self-Compassion teacher trained from The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

  • Work with youth and adults in video, telephone and face-to-face counselling.

  • Discover more of my history with Buddhist monastic life, as a keynote mindfulness speaker, services as a holistic life coach, yoga teacher and more here.

Therapeutic Approach

  • Somatic-based: mind-body practices to help you gain deeper insight into your beliefs, challenges and desires. Helps you to release anxiety, depression, stress and trauma in a sustainable, gentle and safe manner.
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples and Families

  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma-Informed

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Strength-based Therapy

  • Sand tray Therapy and Play Therapy

 I have successfully worked with clients dealing with the challenges of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, ADD, sexual and physical abuse, anger, grief, loss, low self-esteem, interpersonal communication, parenting, change of status and spiritual/existential guidance.

My Journey

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I’ve provided programs and private sessions as a Holistic Life Coach, Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Certified Yoga Instructor and Nutritionist to children,  youth, adults, in several corporations and in the top Montreal private and public schools for K-Gr.11. I have had the pleasure of facilitating day-long workshops on mindfulness in education for the McGill University Distinguished Educators Seminar Series as well as being a mindfulness presenter at TedxMontrealWomen, and the keynote speaker on mindfulness in education for the BA Education graduating class at McGill University and for Montreal’s ESL convention SPEAQ.

The essence of my counselling work is to facilitate self-growth by helping you identify and move through the root of your core challenges by developing greater self-compassion, mindful and CBT practices so you can relate to your thoughts, emotions and sensations in a healthy way and foster a stronger connection to the wisdom, love and peace that dwells within you. My daily mindful living practice has been ongoing since 2004 and began with several months of extensive insight meditation practice in a Thai Forest Buddhist monastery, followed by many more ten to twenty day silent Vipassana meditation retreats over the years. It is with an authentic embodiment of empathy, openness, curiosity, acceptance and non-judgmental present moment awareness that I provide a therapeutic relationship which others state to be warm, friendly, insightful, safe and nurturing.

I have lived throughout Canada in BC, ON, QC, NB, NS and spent seven years living throughout the Mediterranean and Asia. This immersion into urban and rural cultures worldwide has benefited my professional work with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds in economic status, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious viewpoints so they feel understood, respected and accepted for who they are. I have used somatic therapy, daily mindfulness and self-compassion practices along with the performing arts to heal myself from a long history of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. I know that my dedication to my own holistic/mind-body healing has greatly assisted my capacity in supporting others in their healing journey. To provide emotional, mental and spiritual support to others is a true honour, as I care deeply for our global family, and fully believe in our ability to heal and thrive in our own peaceful, loving and compassionate inner sanctuary.

Along with counselling, I am a creative spirit who loves to dance, sing, play, design and be nourished by nature.