Meet Rana (she|her)
I am Registered Clinical Counsellor, educator, and therapist specializing in supporting individuals navigate planned and unexpected educational, career, and life transitions. I recognize that everyone approaches change with a unique set of values, beliefs, and past experiences. It’s also true that each change in our lives comes with a variety of thoughts, feelings, and consequences that vary from person to person. My priority as your counsellor will be to create a safe space where you can explore your options, identify your strengths, and understand the challenges ahead. My approach to counselling is solution based, goal oriented, and focused on supporting you as you navigate how you wish to proceed at this time in your life – whether that’s staying the course on your current path, or figuring out the next change in your life.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in post-secondary education settings in Canada and the United States creating educational experiences for students, and helping them find their way as they explored what they wanted to be. After nearly a decade of supporting programs and advising students in a variety of academic and professional disciplines, I faced my own personal career transition, and trained to become a therapist so that I could support clients chart their own path forward towards their ideal futures.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and have completed two Master of Arts: the first in Higher Education and Student Development from New York University, and the second a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I am certified as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I am also a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor, and I have experience both supporting people in crisis considering suicide, and providing training to communities and individuals who wish to help those in crisis.