Kristen Bailey Counselling (She/Her)

Counselor/Therapist, Masters of Arts Counselling Psychology
 therapist: Kristen Bailey Counselling,
In-Person in Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3
Online in Canada
Reaching out for support shows you are already aware that you are in some form of pain and you want to do something different. Your relationships may be struggling, you may feel disconnected, you may be experiencing thoughts and feelings that are feeling unmanageable or living in a state of shame. Over my time as a therapist (and in going through my own journey) I have seen how that what brings people toward truly feeling better is learning to be more self compassionate, building acceptance of their own story and how it has affected their life and developing a more peaceful relationship with the thoughts and feelings that they experience. I am passionate about helping folks build a better relationship with themselves, which ultimately leads to better relationships with others and have witnessed and experienced how therapy really supports us with this.

Client Focus

Session Format: Individual therapy sessions.
Age Specialty: Adult, Young Adult
Demographic Expertise: Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Compassion Focus Therapy
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Feminist
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
Approach Description: My therapeutic philosophy combines Humanistic (Person Centered and Existential) with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. I believe in providing an empathetic and unconditionally supportive space that allows for processing and linking what has happened in the past to the present to support shame reduction and empathy toward one’s self with practical psychological tools that people can take with them moving forward and have agency in their recovery.

Education & Credentials

Kristen Bailey Counselling Masters of Arts Counselling Psychology
  • Female
  • License # 20836
  • Licensed in British Columbia
  • Practicing Since 2016
Education: I completed my BAchelor of Arts in Child and Youth Counselling in 2007. I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2016.


  • Average Session Fee 145.00
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • I always keep two spots available to reduced price therapy- this would be for students and those on low income.
  • Accepts Insurance
  • I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, most insurance will accept my service

Kristen Bailey Counselling Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3
  • Available Online for residents of Canada
  • Online Therapy Details: Googlemeet
Kristen Bailey Counselling Practice Description
I am an Integrated counsellor, which means I draw upon different modalities in my work. I have leanings toward Humanistic Therapy, which supports compassionate processing and understanding of people's life stories, trauma and pain with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is also compassionate, but blends in more psychoeducation and tools in managing difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviors and getting clear about what is truly important to you that your current struggles are getting in the way of you doing. I value acceptance in this work because from my both my own experience of struggling with mental health and my work with clients. People come to therapy out of wanting to feel differently or be different- which is completely understandable. However, what truly pushes people forward is acceptance- acceptance of what comes in their mind and the way they feel, acceptance of what has happened and how this has impacted them. It is a common misconception that acceptance means it is true or that you have given up, but it actually just means you drop the struggle which frees us us up to be in the moment and allow things to be as they are and have been, Non acceptance is what leads to stress and suffering. Reflection and intention - one of the most powerful parts about therapy is its ability to foster and encourage reflection - when we honestly reflect (not just criticise ourselves or vent) we are giving ourselves the opportunity to make meaningful changes, if we do not take the time to do this, we wont notice when we are changing or notice when we are not acting in accordance to our true values. this takes us out of autopilot, it can feel really hard and sticky to change, but when we can honestly reflect and then take that reflection into intention then we are paving the way for change. Compassion- compassion for one's self is where i meet the most resistance - people are afraid that if they are compassionate to themselves they wont change, or they feel they do not deserve it - but compassion is where healing grows. If we continue to only take a critical stance toward ourselves then we are essentially being the purely punitive "parent" and that is shown time and time again to not be the way to help growth. When we can look at our own story and how it has impacted us and have compassion for why we have developed in certain ways then we can change in the most meaningful way.

Practice Overview

1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3
Available both in-person and online
7 Years Experience

Office Hours

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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