Jennifer Aberman

Trauma-Informed Counsellor, Vancouver, BC

“Jennifer is a deeply empathic human being. She has wonderful presence, genuineness, and regard for others. She has a beautiful way of accompanying others in their sufferings, and their growth and healing. I am glad to be able to refer people to her counselling practice.”
- Käri-Ann Thor, M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor

My Mission: To Bring a Gentle Presence to the World

I’m passionate about sharing compassion in a world filled with hurt and trauma.

It’s a privilege to help my counselling clients become kinder with themselves, so they are free to be who they are at their core.

When clients become more self-compassionate, they can spread their compassion to others, helping to make the world a safer and better place.

My hope for my clients is that they discover how being compassionate with themselves leads to greater self-knowledge and development, and how this not only brings growth but can be fun as well.

Professional Background

I’ve worked as a wellness professional since 2010. I’ve been a child care provider, a yoga and mindfulness teacher, and eventually became a counsellor.

Prior to my work in the helping professions, I worked in the fine arts and cooking fields. These positions allowed my creativity to flourish, and it has continued to develop in my work as a counsellor.

Counselling Training and Related Experience

  • ACCT member #2333 Registered Therapeutic Counsellor
  • Vancouver College of Counsellor Training
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Candidate with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Safe-TALK Suicide Awareness Training
  • Mindfulness Educator Awareness Course
  • Yoga Teacher Training
  • Educator at the BC Crisis Center: I teach workshops on Mindfulness, Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) and Tools for Managing Stress & Burnout

My Uniqueness as a Counsellor

I place great emphasis on hearing and seeing you at your deepest level, with patience, compassion, and acceptance. I aim to help you eliminate any shame you hold to help you validate your self-worth.

Being completely present with you enables us to build trust quickly and allows you to feel safe to share your troubles.

My clients often tell me that my capacity to listen and be present for an entire session is something they have never experienced before. “You’re with me the whole time” is a comment that a recent client shared with me that touched my heart.

I’m authentic, honest and have strong communication and critical thinking skills. I love helping others develop these skills. They’re not difficult skills to cultivate, and they DO take practice.

“Jennifer is a highly regarded member of our education team, delivering innovative programming on crisis/suicide response and resilience building with youth and adults. A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Jennifer possesses a strong ability to create a safe and engaging learning environment. In all aspects of her work, Jennifer brings clear observations, compassion, professionalism and a down-to-earth approach.”
- Lu Ripley, Director, Community Learning & Engagement,
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre BC

An Eclectic Lifestyle and Passion for Life

I’m fascinated with being alive. “Let everything be my teacher” is a mantra that guides me. I apply all my learnings to myself before sharing them with clients. 

Many years of studying and practicing Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, yoga and meditation have enabled me to develop my core self. I’ve worked hard to heal my wounds, so I know if I can do it, so can you!

I have an undergraduate degree in Visual arts, and the arts remain a huge part of my life. 

I’m also passionate about food and cooking for others, having worked as a chef for many years. 

I’m an enthusiastic ongoing student of the neurobiology of human connection. I’m grateful that I’ve turned it into a career. 

I love the outdoors. Play is important to me, as are my connections to my family and friends. 

I hope this page helps you get a feel for who I am as a person and as a counsellor.

If you're ready to take the step towards a more fulfilling life.

You can tell me your concerns, and I'll explain how I can help you:

jennifer [at] tobeheardcounselling.com