Angela Merasty, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker #14361
I am a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers, and have recently transitioned from work within Indigenous communities to working in private practice. I specialize in helping youth (14+) and adults address unresolved inner or outer conflict that may be manifesting in emotional pain or impacting wellness. I have helped clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, substance use, and trauma. As well as with self-esteem, boundaries and achieving more healthy communication. I believe that counselling is a collaborative experience that meets the client where they are at and values their unique goals and needs.
I have also helped individuals walk through complex concurrent struggles with substance use and mental or emotional challenges, by way of client centred care and individualized treatment plans. I believe that a strengths-based approach is imperative in counselling, and I work to foster client empowerment and autonomy through the therapeutic relationship. Some of the therapyuetic modalities I offer are;
Person Centered Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Mindfulness Based Techniques
I practice from a foundation of trauma informed care, harm reduction perspectives, and an anti-oppressive social justice framework. My therapeutic approach is of holistic wellness and healing, by acknowledging the inherent value in many forms of knowledge and world view. As well as understanding and acknowledging the far reaching mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual impacts that life’s challenges and unresolved trauma can have.
BC College of Social Workers