Megan Carruthers is recognized as an effective Child, Youth and Young Adult counsellor in the Tri-cities area, and Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She began her career as a youth worker and then teacher. This later expanded to student services, where Megan has worked with kids with a variety of challenges ranging from learning disabilities, trauma, grief & loss, at-risk youth and developmental disorders such as Autism & Asperger's, etc. A portion of her teaching career has been spent working in alternate education settings for our most vulnerable youth, including a youth detention setting.
Megan obtained her Masters of Arts in Counselling at the University of Queensland in 2011, and has been a school counsellor and registered counsellor since. Her counselling work has ranged from clinical mental health work and addictions counselling, in addition to Elementary, Middle and Secondary school counselling.
She has backpacked and taught in multiple countries in Asia and S.E. Asia, including non-profit work; and is registered with both BC College of Teachers and Education Qld, in Australia. Her clinical counselling work has registered her with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), while also being registered here with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). These experiences have added to her knowledge of cultures around the world, and given understanding to the difficulties of being new somewhere.
Megan has facilitated multiple group sessions with kids and has held seminars, presentations and public speaking events to help the public. She utilizes a range of modalities in therapy from CBT, Mindfulness, Attachment theory, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Existential, Bowen Family Systems, Play, Sand & Art therapy etc. Megan has a love of art therapy that began for her with the loss of her mother as a child, and now is incorporated into her practice with children and young adults.
Megan has knowledge of child and youth development and recognizes the difference between early puberty vs. early signs of mental health; she knows what strategies to implement early on to prevent further development of a disorder in future periods of life.
She has been a strong advocate and support for LGBTQ youth and their families. This has ranged between exploring one's gender and identity to periods of identity changes or transitions.
In all aspects of counselling children and youth, family counselling is integrated in the approach. Clients will receive 5-10 sessions of time committed to the goals in session and following both parties can review if further sessions are required.
The focus is to help kids deal with the emotional struggles of life. This includes exploring feelings related to a specific area, working through any turmoil and providing skills for managing these emotions. It also includes recognizing negative coping behaviours and teaching ways to introduce positive ones. Skill development ranges from depression, anxiety, socialization, esteem building, anger, grief and dealing with loss of a loved one or family unit. An understanding of child and youth development is taken into consideration for all of the counselling sessions, including if there was a disorder that caused a developmental delay. If they are dealing with pain in their heart either from personal struggles or a family unit being altered or broken down, this will be the focus. The specific therapeutic and counselling approach used will depend on the unique needs of each individual or family.
With a dedication to yourself and 5-10 sessions, I promise change will happen.
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Due to Covid19 my location/space has been terminated and I primarily counsel online. For specific cases there are two spaces available: 1 located in Comox, BC & 1 located in Coquitlam, BC. Regulations around space for counselling has changed with COVID19 and the spaces available resemble that of a larger conference room than a typical office space for counselling.
Online Counselling is available!
**Direct billing with ICBC available**
** Health coverage for both Canada & Australia**