Rhonwen Derbez

Registered Psychotherapist
RP, Dipl GIT, Certified Gestalt Therapist
Accepting New Clients
Session Format:
Online Therapy
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Existential Concerns
  • Health and Illness
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
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    What does your suffering feel like?  And where is it coming from?  What is making you act in ways you don’t really understand?  Or keeps you from acting on your heart’s desire?

    Everyone is unique and has their own life experience, their own journey.  For some of us, there have been events that have caused us to become inflexible, disassociated, numbed, or impulsive, because that is how we adapted to survive.  But how do we restore our natural spontaneity?  And how do we regain our confidence?  Our joy?  Our freedom?  What is it YOU are missing?

    In therapy we create the safe space to start exploring these questions with curiosity and compassion.  Within this confidential container we seek to understand your unmet needs, at your pace, and work together to discover what supports you need and how to put them in place.

    My therapeutic approach gives us lots of tools to take with us on our journey of greater self-awareness and growth.  It’s an experimental process where we notice whatever is arising in the present moment; feelings in our bodies, thoughts, images, memories, emotions, etc.  These become the signposts that are showing us the path to your healing.

    As we examine these experiences together and follow where your responses lead, holding them without judgement, we begin to uncover unmet needs, shame, unprocessed traumas, griefs.  And as these are held and processed, we are slowly and gently released from the hold they have over us.

    In creating new forms of self-support, our unique capacity for healing and thriving emerges.

    I’m on my own healing journey, just like you.  I love this work and getting into the dirt and messing around where other folks don’t want to go, and witnessing the transformation that is possible.

    I am often described as warm, welcoming and compassionate.  My non-judgemental and supportive approach helps soothe hurt and shamed parts.  But I’m also perceptive and tough enough to cut through the fogs and fantasies we’ve created to survive.  It all takes courage.

    I consider therapy to be an act of rebellion against oppressive personal and societal conditioning.  I’m queer and a wife and mother, friend, sister, auntie.  A work in progress and always working to live my authentic life… Recently that has meant returning to BC where I grew up.  For this reason all sessions are virtual and will remain so going forward.

    Curious and want to find out more?  Then please send me an email to rhonwentherapy@gmail.com to set up a no-obligation consultation.  This is an informal chat (approximately 15 minutes) where we can ask all our questions and get a sense of what working together would look and feel like.
    I do my best to respond within 3 business days. My office hours are weekday afternoons and evenings.
    Getting reacquainted with our emotions and learning to embrace them is healing
    ~ Fritz Perls
    I look forward to making your acquaintance!