Alexa Gelles

Alexa Gelles

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EMDR Counselling

EMDR Teletherapy & In-Person Therapy offered in Vancouver, B.C.


Treat the symptoms of overwhelm

Whether you’ve experienced a major event (like a painful break up) or an ongoing challenging situation (such as work stress), trauma of any kind can impact your life in a variety of ways.

Couples sessions typically last 75 minutes. 

Whether you’ve experienced a major event (like the loss of a loved one) or an ongoing challenging situation (such as work stress) trauma of any kind can impact your life in a variety of ways.

Treat the symptoms of overwhelm

  • anxiety during day-to-day activities that leads to overthinking
  • difficulty focusing
  • challenges connecting with or feeling close to others
  • restlessness and irritability
  • an unhealthy relationship with yourself 

Trauma on any scale can often lead to:

While there is no one-size-fits-all way to treat overwhelm, EMDR may be an effective way for you to heal so you can stop living in the past and start embracing the present moment.

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Tap into your body's innate ability to heal

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. 

Those BIG words essentially mean that when you feel overwhelmed, your brain may not process memories in the usual way. This is often why you’re left feeling triggered, stuck, or ashamed. The good news is that with the right support, your mind and body can overcome trauma.


In contrast to traditional Talk Therapy, EMDR is unique in that it works with your entire system. Bilateral stimulation can effectively help you process deeply embedded memories, thoughts, feelings, and sensations so you can quickly move forward from overwhelm, stop feeling stuck, and find lasting healing.

Do any of these ring a bell?

EMDR Counselling may be right for you if…

You’ve hit a crisis point and feel you can’t deal with the anxiety and stress alone anymore. Life feels overwhelming and unbalanced.

You can’t remember the last time you felt truly happy or at ease.

Your outlook on life is negative and often feels hopeless
You struggle to set and maintain healthy boundaries.

You have a less-than-ideal relationship with yourself. As a result, you often doubt yourself, put yourself down, or engage in negative comparisons.

You’re at a crossroads and feel stuck. You’re having a hard time figuring things out on your own.

You have a hard time knowing what you want or who you are. You’d like to find yourself and live more meaningfully.

Picture this...

Having the right tools handy when anxiety or an emotional version of yourself that isn’t ideal takes hold.

Developing a better understanding of yourself, your needs, and how you engage in relationships.

Being able to skillfully turn around any thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that are holding you back.

Finally letting go of past hurts, traumas, or issues that are negatively affecting you.

How We’ll Work Together


We will take the time upfront to explore your personal history, establish your counselling goals, and start to unpack any negative beliefs you’re holding onto.


Throughout our time together, I’ll support you with relevant, personalized tools and resources to enhance your transformation and help you reach your goals.


Next, we take time to identify recurring patterns, including how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours all connect. This will help you understand why you’re stuck as we discover the source and get to the heart of the matter.


Now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and do the work! Once we’ve identified your patterns, we’ll apply EMDR, a clinical method as a tool to assist you in processing triggers and working through the hard stuff.

I follow a clear, step-by-step approach to guide you through the process of overcoming the symptoms of trauma.

Step 1: Setting the stage

Step 2: Build Your Toolkit

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Step 3: Identify patterns

Step 4: “The Work”

Move forward from overwhelm, stop feeling stuck, and find lasting healing.

Ready to get started?


Fill out our contact form. A team member will reach out to get you set up! You can request to schedule a free 15-minute consult.


Once you book your first in-person or virtual session, you’ll receive a confidential client intake form that you can complete virtually.


Meet with me where we will explore your biggest challenges, discuss tools and coping strategies to support you now, and work together to create a custom plan so you can reach your goals.

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Online Counselling

Counselling shouldn’t add MORE stress to your life. I know you’re busy, which is why teletherapy can be an ideal solution for your hectic schedule. 

Virtual sessions are held via the secure, HIPPA-compliant Jane App that can be easily accessed on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Bringing counselling directly to you, wherever you are.

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What’s the difference between Relationship Counselling and EMDR Counselling?

EMDR counselling is a versatile approach that can address a range of issues, including but not limited to relationship issues. I often use EMDR in conjunction with relationship counselling to help clients heal and move forward in their personal lives and relationships. EMDR, however, is not limited to relationship issues and can be beneficial for clients struggling with other challenges such as low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, grief, and more.

EMDR Counselling FAQs

How long are EMDR sessions?

I offer 50 and 75 minute EMDR sessions. Longer sessions are typically recommended for EMDR.

Do you accept health insurance?

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#13309) my services are covered by a number of extended health benefit plans. Please consult with your service provider to determine the type of coverage you have. Clients are responsible for paying for sessions and then submitting their claim to their insurance provider. On request, a receipt will be provided for you to submit for reimbursement.

How many sessions will I need?

It's difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed with EMDR as each person processes and heals at their own pace. While EMDR is often quicker than traditional talk therapy, depending on your readiness and unique circumstances, this stage may take as few as 2 sessions or as long as needed. While some clients may require only a few sessions to address a specific issue, long-standing change typically requires a minimum of 6 months of therapy.

Are there any risks to counselling?

While counselling can be an excellent source of support it’s normal to experience stronger than usual emotions when exploring difficult topics and trying out new behaviours. If you feel uncomfortable with the interventions I suggest or with the pace, know that we can adjust things as needed.

Can EMDR be done virtually?

Absolutely, EMDR therapy can be done virtually using various techniques, including audio, tapping, or eye movements. In fact, many individuals find virtual EMDR therapy to be just as effective as in-person therapy.

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