Brad Steyn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). His approach to counselling involves an extensive background in mentoring, teaching, training and advocacy work ranging from working with youth and adults in the non-profit sector and the academy (high schools and colleges). At the moment, Brad works for the Yellowknife School District as their “Community Liaison Counsellor.” Before that, Brad had been involved in managing a downtown Vancouver shelter, with all the complexities of caring for the most vulnerable people in that city, as well as using his counselling and experience to assist these people with their mental health challenges. Brad sees his primary role as a counsellor as helping clients finding the answers to their current predicament/s. His passion is to work collaboratively with clients to empower them to negotiate their way forward and experience the desired outcomes they are looking for. It is Brad’s desire to see people embrace their “true selves,” to be empowered to become the person they were created to be.
Brad’s approach to counselling is multi-faceted, incorporating a number of therapeutic lenses, which includes Existential Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Systems and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. His therapeutic areas of interest include: family history, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, cross-cultural dynamics, justice, empowerment, relationships and the integration of counselling and spirituality. Additionally, Brad now offers counselling to residential school survivors via Indigenous Services Canada.
Brad grew up in a divided South African context, and in his late teens and early twenties expressed his opposition to the Apartheid government. As a result, he understands the way people feel the affects of oppression, abuse, disempowerment and discontentment that result from not being able to be or express themselves in an authentic manner.