Pauline Goh, MA, RCC, FOT
Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist
Crisis points (marked by depression, anxiety, grief and loss, “falling apart,” “feeling stuck,” “caught between two places”) can be catalysts for change and transformation in our lives. They offer us opportunities to gain more self awareness and insights, so that we can live our fullest potential.
As a Focusing-oriented therapist and clinical counsellor, I feel privileged to bear witness and to accompany my clients on their unique journey. I am committed to the process of depth therapy and getting to the “root” of the issue, while holding a safe space to do the work. I explore with them how to engage their internal and external resources throughout our work together, while holding with respect, curiosity, and non-judgment all aspects of the client – including places related to the “shadow,” addictions and tendencies, or feelings such as self loathing, guilt, or shame.
As a Certified Focusing-oriented Therapist, I frequently integrate focusing, along with other modalities – such as mindfulness practice and transpersonal psychology – in my practice. What I like about focusing is that it is client-centered, respectful, and gentle, and it brings us into our felt sense and body, facilitating right brain communication. I have found focusing to be effective, in working safely with trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, body image issues, as well as in enhancing self esteem and creativity, in addressing inner child work, and in exploring dreamwork. When clients can access their own embodied knowing and experiences in session, all the answers come from within.
I am a culturally sensitive counsellor and bring forth strengths and references from my own immigration and adaptation experiences, and from working and travelling around the world (including Asia Pacific, South Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe). I have supported the journey of new immigrants through my affiliation with Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. I have also worked closely with indigenous clients who have accessed counselling privately, through their work benefits/programs, or through First Nations Health Authority. As part of my continuing education, I completed the Core Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training presented by the Provincial Health Services Authority in March 2019.
For clients who are struggling with workplace issues and challenges, I offer an experiential understanding of organizational/workplace issues from my previous 16-year career in the business/corporate world.
I have a lot of passion for couples counselling work too, as this can allow the unfolding of tremendous personal healing while practicing communication tools with a partner. My continuing education training in this area incorporates emotionally-focused therapy and Gottman couples therapy.
Before setting up my private practice in BC in 2009, I worked in San Francisco as Behavioral Health Counselor at PAES Counseling & Pre-Vocational Services (PCS), dealing with welfare-to-work transitions and issues such as substance abuse/addiction, depression, and anxiety. I also have volunteer counselling experience working with African refugees in Hong Kong, who were dealing with trauma and grief.
In my personal life, I am a wife and parent, and a practitioner of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation. I also enjoy music and nature-based resources, as well as integrating spirituality (including Buddhist/Taoist philosophies) with psychotherapy.