one drop

this feeling 

crests insight

into opening

no beginning

no end

all flow

Counselling & Mindfulness

What is this process?

I support you through a compassion focused therapeutic sessions that help you traverse some of the intense and rocky experiences of your life. 

Together we mindfully explore your current challenges, your vision and your capacity to recognize, accept and respond to your needs. I offer you a trusting safe space and professional guidance to help you deepen your understanding of how to support your unique awareness and authentic understanding.

Great pains can merge into artful understanding.

Same day appointments available

  • In Person sessions in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Virtual or Telehealth sessions available
  • Walk & Talk Therapy available

Compassion Focused Sessions

Recognize & Respond to:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Grief & Loss
  • Spiritual Emergence
  • Life Transitions
  • Women’s Issues 


An Approach Informed by:

  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Somatic Explorations
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy & Narrative Therapy
  • Myth, Dreams & Active Imagination
  • Person-centred & Existential Perspective

Understanding creates


for acceptance

and the chance

to celebrate being human.

“How desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness”

Naomi Shihab Nye


Sandra Stephanson

Professional Counselling Diploma, BPE, 500RYT

As a counselling therapist, I offer you unconditional positive regard and a safe space to investigate your current challenges and personal growth through the trauma informed modalities of cognitive behaviour therapy and narrative therapy combined with somatic explorations and active imagination. With these approaches, the texture of your lived experience reveals the myriad ways of how to know ‘yourself,’ accept and expand your self-understanding.

My mind and body studies began with a degree in physical education which led to anthropology, Buddhist psychology and merged with yoga philosophy and teaching. And in key challenges of my life, I have received emotional support through counselling therapy that deepened and complimented mindfulness practices. This process was so nurturing and insightful that I wanted to support others in uniting their unique emotional, mental and spiritual journeys. 

It is a universal human need to be witnessed and compassionately accompanied in telling your intimate stories and making sense of your pains and the unknown. It also takes great courage to step into a therapeutic alliance to trust and understand how you can embody new insights and better ways to cope and flourish.

Compassion is a process of accepting your humanness.



The cracks are where the light gets in


Our inner depths hide a precious pearl


Burn brighter, with a humble surrender


Giving yourself the atmosphere to be

The Art of Understanding

“The process of discovery is the endless spring of creativity, always bright, fresh brimming with life.  Where it comes from is not too important. What matters is that it’s already present in each one of us, waiting to be uncovered. Ultimately, engaging the artless arts means to see into one’s own heart and mind, and to bring to life that which is realized.”

John Daido Loori, The Zen of Creativity

Counselling Sessions

In Person or Online Counselling Therapy

Yoga Sessions

Yoga Asana, Meditation & Mindfulness