Author: Maureen Chapman

Maureen offers an environment in which rapport safety, empathy and trust are instilled to assist her clients in addressing their personal life challenges.

Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, and communication breakdown, assertiveness skills, self-esteem, personal growth, family of origin issues, health anxiety and the development of emotional awareness. She has a special interest in assisting individuals and families impacted by emotional dysregulation, high sensitivity, introversion, narcissism and borderline personality traits.

Maureen’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and dependent on the client’s situation and goals. Techniques may include Cognitive Behavioural, modified Dialectical Behavioural, Emotionally Focused, Systems and Adlerian therapy.

Prior to obtaining her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Maureen was a research assistant with the U.B.C. Mood Disorders Clinic and a volunteer with the RCMP Victim Services.

Maureen is married with 3 adult children.

Maureen is also a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


Teens Who Cut

Maria is 14 years old. Two years ago she began to injure herself, dropped out of school, began using drugs and alcohol and eventually isolated all of her friends. Self injury involves the deliberate damaging of ones body. Cutting the skin with razor blades or broken glass is the most commonly seen method, while burning, interference with wound healing, self punching and scratching are among other examples. Maria notes that when her peers discovered she was cutting she was ridiculed

Posted in Depression, Family & Parenting, Grief, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety

The Storm Within

Mary has suffered for years in her personal relationships and in her private world. Her behaviour, thoughts, and emotions were often described as though she was in the middle of a whirlwind. When meeting men she would put them on a pedestal, idealizing them to the point where they appeared to reach near sainthood in her eyes. Shortly after, she would seek out their flaws and vulnerabilities and go on the attack. She said it was like “I’m fire or

Posted in Depression, General, Marriage & Relationships, Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety, Therapy

Self Reflection: A Life Long Journey

As a therapist I am consistently reminded of my clients’ courage when they strive to pursue the goal of making positive changes in their lives. At times, we discover that how we see ourselves and how others see us are not always in sync. We may find that some areas we perceived as strengths can actually disable our growth and the growth of others. (ie: In caretaking others’ needs, we may lose sight of what we need to remain healthy,

Posted in Personal Growth

Trust Your Doctor

Family doctors are often and appropriately the first professional one turns to when a patient recognizes they are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, etc. The family physician assesses the emotional pain one is experiencing and may suggest a lifestyle change, medication, counselling or a combination of all three. An area which I have found to be a growing concern, is the patient’s unwillingness to inform their doctor how they cope with the pain they experience. Even when asked directly,

Posted in Personal Growth

Good Anger, Bad Anger

Communicating Assertively Conflict and anger in life are normal and to be expected. Anger often rears its head when there is a gap between what we want or need from someone and what we are actually getting. Anger can be healthy in instances when it provides us with the energy for honest communication. It can also be destructive when it is used as a source of power or to blame and control others. Anger comes in various forms and can

Posted in Personal Growth

Coping With Crazy Thoughts

Jane attended therapy with an initial complaint of feeling anxious. She was hesitant to disclose what it was she feared and how she was coping with these “crazy thoughts”. An example would be hiding certain clothes in case someone broke in and strangled her with them. Other rituals involved spinning in a circle 4 times to avoid a feared disaster. As the session progressed she was relieved to discover that many people have shared her experiences and have developed strategies

Posted in Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety