Rachel Newton is a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (#1051) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT), a Certified Practitioner of Coherence Therapy, a member of the British Columbia Career Development Association (BCCDA) and International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). Her diverse background includes growing up in various cities in Australia. She is a graduate of Monash University near Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Italian. After travelling widely in 1994, she arrived in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. Canada in 1996.
Her diverse employment history includes the fields of counselling, education, health, executive recruitment, information technology and hospitality, leading to the development of her excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. She has worked in various cities in Australia, South-East Asia, Europe and North America.
In March 2011, she graduated from the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training (VCCT) with a Diploma in Professional Counselling with a Certificate in Career Exploration & Development Skills. Her professional career began at the Course and Careers Centre of Monash University after graduation. Responsibilities included advising international and mature age prospective students regarding applications and admissions procedures for the largest university in the Southern Hemisphere. She also facilitated the creation and delivery of career skills workshops and conferences for students and graduates. The various industries and roles in her background include student adviser, office administration, customer service, technical support, sales, marketing and management.
Working with a career counsellor for six months in 2009, she arrived at the surprising conclusion that she would feel more fulfilled in pursuing a very different role from that of Marketing Events Manager at a technology company. She resumed her journey to become a career counsellor. A journey that had started almost 20 years ago prior to travelling, while at the Course and Careers Centre at Monash University.
Rachel’s approach in working with clients reflects her vast work experience with over two decades in a number of different industries and cities, and combines a genuine curiosity in people and what motivates their choices and decisions in aspects of their life and career. She recognizes that career and life themes are enmeshed and have a significant impact on each other. She is passionate about supporting others in change and transition and addressing both emotional and practical needs during such challenging times. Her work with clients is customized according to individual needs as she seeks to create trust with her clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves in a way that is uniquely at their own pace, balanced with a sense of structure and goals in the career counselling setting. She displays versatility in her work adapting from personal counselling themes such as grief, loss, anxiety, depression and self esteem issues to career themes helping clients determine vocational direction and to overcome that lost and overwhelming feeling, all the way to the pragmatic job search strategies including resume and interview coaching.
Rachel is continually involved in professional development and attends regular workshops, meetings and conferences to maintain her level of expertise regarding life and career themes in order to offer optimal support to her clients. In addition to working with clients at Life Career Studio, in 2017, she started as an instructor at SFU Continuing Studies in Strategic Career Management CPRA150. She also volunteers as Secretary for the Work and Meaning Group with INPM. She created a professional Peer Counsellor Support Group in 2015 and co-facilitates the Inner Sight Philosophers’ Cafe in New Westminster with her friend and esteemed colleague Karen Laskey. In the past she was a volunteer Peer Counsellor at UBC Life and Career Directions, was a Community Educator at the Crisis Centre and assisted with mock interviews at Gastown Vocational Services (GVS).
She also enjoys quality time with her family and friends, walking her adopted rescue dog, ZuZu, swimming, recreational cycling, running, hiking, Qigong, meditation, yoga, boating, SCUBA diving, organizing events, travelling, cooking, writing and reading.
Rachel provides career and personal counselling services to numerous clients in Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, West and North Vancouver and the Tri Cities areas of Metro Vancouver.