About Grant McMahon
Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Vancouver, BC
Why choose me as your therapist
I believe that you have the ability to make the changes you want in your life.
Experiencing relationship conflicts, anxiety, or ongoing low mood can be disheartening; at times it can feel like things will never get better. I firmly believe that you have the capacity to grow and to create the life and relationships you want. There is plenty of evidence to show that, even though it can be hard work, change is possible with the right tools and supports.
I am patient.
Therapy will happen at a pace that meets your needs and goals. This will give you the space to learn and integrate the new information and skills you need to succeed in improving how you feel. Taking care to make sure we don’t get ahead of where you are actually at, makes it more likely that you will be able to sustain the changes you make.
I will take you for all of who you are.
If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or you are struggling to improve a relationship, you need a safe space – whether that’s physically (in-person) or virtually – to explore your concerns. I will listen deeply to what you have to say; I hear from my client’s that they are ‘really able to open up’ and be themselves with me.
I am caring and insightful
I can give you feedback, rooted in decades of clinical research about depression, anxiety, and relationships, that will help you to grow and change. As one client told me recently ‘you’ve been really proactive…I really feel like I’m getting somewhere’.
I am comfortable with and celebrate human diversity
Being human has so many healthy variations. My clients are of different cultures, sexual and gender orientations, educational levels, work backgrounds, and range in age from their early 20’s to late 70’s.
My practice is sex-positive and supportive of non-traditional forms of intimate relationships and lifestyles.
I practice a form of somatic (mind-body) therapy
I am trained in somatic (mind-body) therapy. Modern research about the brain, relationships, and emotions, reveals to us that our emotional pain and suffering, including depression and anxiety, is found in our bodies – not just in our minds. Based on these findings, and clinical experience dating back almost 100 years, it is important to have ways of working through our challenges in ways that include the body.
I currently offer online therapy sessions and I will have a Campbell River office for in-person appointments in the near future.
Video sessions are an effective way to conduct therapy and I have almost a decade of experience offering therapy this way. The platform I use has enhanced security that meets federal and provincial requirements for protecting client privacy and confidentiality. I will soon be opening an office in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island.
Education & Training
Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle, Vancouver BC Campus.
Registered Clinical Counsellor #11135- BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
Ongoing professional training in the areas of couple’s therapy, attachment, human development, somatic/body-mind therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT.
My Passions & Interests
When I’m not providing therapy to my clients, or engaged in training to enhance my skills as a therapist, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I find great pleasure in being in the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, and exploring the many natural and cultural activities that Vancouver Island has to offer, with my family.
If you think we would be a good fit working together contact me for a free 20-minute consultation via secure video call.