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About Me

Bio: Grew up in England. Educated at Kent, Oxford and UBC Universities. Married for 26 years. Three grown children. High School teacher of English and French for 20 years. Divorced. Masters in Counselling Psychology. Re-married. 12 years experience in Outpatient Psychiatry and Family Services. 11 years private practice.

My passion: Collaborating with people to remove obstacles which may be preventing them from reaching their potential. Reflecting back their best self so they may know and like themselves more fully.

Qualifications:
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology, UBC
  • Dip. Ed. Oxford University, Magdalen College.
  • B.A. Hons in English and American Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury.

 

Other Work:

I work (three days a week) as Family Therapist at the HOpe Centre, Lions Gate Hospital, Outpatient Psychiatry. (Since 2005.) The Family Clinic won an award for excellent service to families in 2009.)

The work of the Lions Gate Family Clinic is the focus of the documentary, “Family Matters: Surviving the Bipolar journey,” which aired on Knowledge network in 2011 and 2012.

I co-authored the Manual: “Family Self-Care and Recovery from Mental Illness”, published 2008 by MDA, British Columbia.

I was a member of the CREST BD Team at UBC. I was awarded a team grant (2010) for research on the Efficacy of the Recovery Narrative in the Treatment of BD. and worked with Dr. Erin Michalak , UBC.

I participated in a Roundtable discussion in Ottawa (2009) seeking improved services for families, and for people with lived experience of mental illness. I am an advocate for those who find themselves without a voice. I also advocate for greater choice in treatment.


I offer individual and group therapy for people with Bipolar.

Rosalind Irving
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Rosalind has been running her private practice since 2006. She is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.


Testimonials

  • Rosalind.......Trying to limit the words that convey the fact that you literally saved my life on more than one occasion, my gratitude for all you have done for me, and my recognition of the essential and important role you have played in my life is beyond difficult! I could write a book of superlatives about you! I thank you silently every day and I shudder to think of where I would be if not for you. My eternal gratitude always. Martha
    Martha (Statement 1)
  • I met Rosalind during a very low period of my life. She helped me with my own issues and with my daughters as a family therapist. Rosalind is caring, knowledgeable and above all very helpful. When medical systems puts stumbling blocks on your way and other centers pass you to one another without any efforts to help, Rosalind goes out of her way to help and shows you options to achieve your personal goals faster. I highly recommend Rosalind professional expertise to whoever needs individual or family therapy. Fara
    Fara
  • I am grateful every day for having received the tremendous life-changing and healing gift of Rosalind and her wise knowledgeable counsel, her gifted expertise as a therapist and teacher, her dedicated and caring understanding of my unique needs and issues, and her steadfast commitment to the challenge of helping me grow and heal the past while simultaneously guiding me towards embracing a healthier, happier, and more peaceful future. Martha
    Martha (Statement 2)
  • In my capacity as Clinical Director of the Adult Community Mental Health Services on the North Shore, it has been a pleasure to work closely with Rosalind Irving in her capacity as both an individual psychotherapist and a family therapist. Rosalind Irving came from a rich and varied program of therapy. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups. Her approach is humanistic and eclectic with an emphasis on short term dynamic psychotherapy practices. I highly recommend her as a well rounded, experienced and empathic psychotherapist.
    Paul Termansen, MD FRCP(C), Clinical Director
  • Lee (Statement 1), Client
  • Rosalind has been an enormous help to me over the past few years, in dealing with a family member who has a serious mental illness. I have felt the benefit of her empathy and compassion, combined with her laser-like insights. I always leave a session with Rosalind, feeling that I am empowered to move ahead with the challenges I face.
    Lee (Statement 2), Client
  • Donna, Client
  • Jeremiah, Client
  • Karen, Client