New Frontiers Counselling Services
Spencer McLean is a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. With a background in counselling and creative writing, Spencer cares deeply about understanding his clients and viewing them as valuable people with unique life stories who are more than their ailments. To this end, Spencer is honoured to work with individuals from all backgrounds and to engage with the ways in which attributes like age, culture, gender, disability, and spiritual practice have shaped our lives.
Spencer has assembled a diverse toolkit of therapeutic treatments that are built upon evidence-based understandings of psychological concerns and how to treat them. In particular, Spencer is trained to work with individuals who are experiencing the effects of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and relational issues. More generally, he focuses on providing support to people who are facing personal, interpersonal, and occupational challenges and transitions.
Spencer believes that, despite the challenges that our circumstances place in our path, everyone possesses the ability and the desire to be who they want to be. It's a matter of cutting through those challenges to find our way forward. Spencer considers it his mission to provide people with a safe environment in which to learn the skills and the mindsets necessary to blaze a trail to that ideal self and realize their full potential.
Credentials and Training
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.), with Honours
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (M.A.) with Honours
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) - Member 18771
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)
Depression and Mood Disorders - Certification
Indigenous Cultural Safety (Core ICS Mental Health) - Certification
Anger Management - Certification
Trauma-Informed Counselling, Level 1 - Certification
Trauma Mastery Program - Certification
Grief and Loss - Certification
Emotional Eating, Chronic Dieting, Bingeing and Body Image - Certification
Motivational Interviewing - Certification
"Spencer is a skilled and knowledgeable counsellor. He is compassionate and truly listens to his clients. Spencer brings a calm presence into his sessions that creates a safe space for clients to work towards their therapeutic goals." Jackie
"I am impressed by Spencer's passion, commitment, and belief in helping others. Spencer has the perfect combination of empathy and honesty. He's also practical and realistic. As someone who has experienced adversity, I can honestly say that Spencer is a beacon of resilience and inspiration and any client of his will be in good hands." Macy
"Spencer doesn’t just listen to you, he hears you. His techniques allow you to learn to trust in others and in yourself. With patience and kindness, he explains effective communication skills. These skills help to make relationships stronger and happier. His guidance shows you how to manage anxious feelings and difficult times with less anger and fear. Time with him, is time well spent." Sam
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