"Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery - there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair."

- Rick Warren

"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."

- Theodore Roethke

"When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary."

- Fred Rogers

Therapeutic Services

Individual Counselling

I offer individual counselling to adults who are struggling with a variety of issues. For these 50 minute sessions I meet with clients in an office setting. I take an eclectic approach to counselling and draw from many different therapeutic approaches in order to best serve my clients and their needs.

Walk and Talks (Eco-therapy)

Walk and talks can provide clients with a calm, relaxed, and grounded setting in which they may feel more comfortable sharing their story and engaging in deep therapeutic work. For these 50 minute or 80 minutes sessions, the client and the counsellor will spend time in an outdoor, natural setting engaging in individual counselling.

Why a peacock?

There is an ancient Buddhist tale that tells the story of the peacock and the origin of its bright feathers.  In this story, the peacock begins as a brown pheasant. As it wanders through the forest, it comes across a poisonous snake. All the other animals in the forest are terrified of this snake because of the poison it carries. The peacock, aware of the poison, chases the snake through the forest. Before the snake can strike, the peacock gobbles it up. As the peacock digests the snake and its poison, it begins to change into a gorgeous colourful bird. The peacock manages to ingest and transmute this deadly poison into the beautiful, iridescent plumage that we today attribute to the peacock.

This simple fable has a deep lesson at its core.  Pain may leave a mark on a person’s life but with it, comes a chance for transmutation. Transmutation is the state of being changed into another form, a change so fundamental that what is left cannot be construed to be the same as what was. This pain we experience as humans may be small, but reoccurring exposures to poisonous situations or a single life-changing event that shakes us to our core. 

Counselling can be a path to transmute this pain into growth and strength. Working through and facing the issues we have carried can help us gain self awareness and insight into our behaviours, feelings, and needs. We can learn to set healthy boundaries that allow us to take responsibility for our own actions while holding others accountable for theirs.  

This is what I hope for my clients, that they can transmute the suffering and difficulties from their past and create from them, strength and hope for their present and future. I believe that in order to overcome our past pains we must face them and transform them, just as the peacock did, declaring victory over the poisons in our lives.

 “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

- Rumi


About Me

Photo Credit: Shira Windecker Photography

Samantha Young

MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Victoria over 10 years ago to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Victoria. While studying here, I began to feel connected to the world in a way I had never experienced before. The more time I spent in nature, the more I became aware of the healing power that the natural world can have on the human mind, body, and soul.

Along with my BA in psychology, I have a Master of Arts degree in counselling psychology from Yorkville University. I have completed specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy, sex therapy, trauma informed stabilization treatment, and EMDR. More recently, I have begun deeply exploring the connection between the natural world, the body, and healing.

While studying at Royal Roads University, I focused on incorporating Jungian and nature assisted therapy into my counselling practice. This means that in addition to regular individual counselling sessions, I now offers walk and talks. These walk and talk sessions will involve bringing the individual counselling sessions outdoors into the natural world. Research studies have shown that spending time in nature can provide benefits to individuals, including improved moods as well as lower anxiety, stress, and depression levels.

In the past, I have been involved in organizations such as the Victoria Sexual Assault Center, Island Community Mental Health, and Citizens' Counselling Center.

I have been with my husband for over 10 years. Being in a long term relationship has helped me develop personal insight into the dynamics and issues that can occur in romantic and sexual relationships. When not working or volunteering, I enjoy being out in nature, playing soccer, reading , and spending time with my husband, two cats, and two dogs.

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."

- Carl Jung

A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

"For the past several years, I’ve told myself it would take thousands of
dollars and hours in counselling before I felt mentally healthy. So
naturally, I’ve avoided it. It’s only been two months since my first
appointment with Samantha and I already feel less defeated and more
motivated to take care of myself. I expected to vent, cry, and “get things
off my chest.” Instead, I found a brilliant, empathetic, and encouraging
counselor who helps me understand the patterns in my thoughts, feelings,
and relationships, and works with me on finding a way forward. I still
don't know if I (or anyone) will ever feel 100% “mentally healthy,” but I’m
taking better care of myself than I was two months ago, and that’s a good
place to start."- Deborah


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