Elizabeth Krahn, MSW, RSW

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Elizabeth Krahn has recently moved to Vancouver Island from Manitoba, where she worked as a counsellor for a number of years, while also engaging in oral history research focusing on lifespan and intergenerational mental health effects of collective trauma related to political oppression, war, and migration. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba and has been a Registered Social Worker in the province of Manitoba and now, once again, in British Columbia.

In addition to a strong background in mental health, having worked as a mental health social worker in the Okanagan with adults aged 19 to 90+ years who were struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, sometimes also accompanied by addictive behaviour, dementia (in the case of older adults), and/or a history of abuse and trauma, subsequent counselling work in Winnipeg involved private practice with individuals, couples, as well as family members struggling with either mental health issues or high levels of stress –  along with difficulty coping and moving forward due to a traumatic experience, life crisis, or transition; insufficient tools, resources, or social supports; or perhaps lack of confidence and self-esteem, or other related issues. The many life challenges that people have brought into counselling have included workplace stress/burnout; couple or parent-child relationship issues; grief and loss related to death of a loved one ~ loss of meaning, sense of purpose, or identity due to retirement ~ loss of job ~ or incapacitating illness; anger-management issues; caregiver burden; and more.

Elizabeth enjoys working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and all walks of life, and integrates wholistic concepts and tools which address the emotional, mental, behavioural, social, and/or spiritual factors that can directly affect our overall well-being and ability to navigate life’s challenges. She focuses on the capacity of individuals, couples, and family members to transform difficult circumstances into opportunities for growth, and draws from several clinical approaches and modalities, including essential principles and strategies from cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, human development and attachment theory, narrative therapy, family reconstruction work based on the Satir approach, and basic expressive arts approaches that can help in working with core issues that may be difficult to articulate or even understand with words.

Elizabeth is available for counselling on Mondays and Tuesdays. To contact, please call Central Counselling Centre @ 250-384-3322 and leave a message on her voicemail. Messages are checked daily and every effort will be made to return calls within 24 to 48 hours.