A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach at Wellspring Counselling

EMDR Therapy in Vancouver

Welcome to Wellspring Counselling, a premier counselling practice in Vancouver where emotional and psychological healing is approached with a distinctive methodology. Our unique integration of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with a diverse array of complementary therapies—including Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Coherence Therapy, and the innovative techniques of implicit memory reconsolidation—is specifically designed to heal the root causes of psychological disturbances and trauma.

Request a Free 15-Min Consultation Today!

EMDR Services in Vancouver | Wellspring Counselling Inc.

The Power of EMDR Therapy

Globally recognized for its effectiveness, EMDR therapy is at the forefront of trauma treatment and emotional healing. This advanced therapeutic technique processes traumatic memories, significantly improving psychological distress. At Wellspring Counselling, our EMDR therapists guide you through a structured, eight-phase treatment process, using bilateral stimulation to help your brain reprocess traumatic memories, thereby reducing their impact on your emotional well-being.

Understanding EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy, an eight-phase treatment, aids individuals in processing and overcoming trauma effects. Through targeted sessions, clients can desensitize distressing memories and reframe negative beliefs. Our approach includes:

  • Thorough Assessment: Develop a customized treatment plan unique to your history and needs
  • Preparation: Equipping you with strategies to manage emotional distress
  • Desensitization: Minimising the emotional impact of memories
  • Installation: Reinforcing positive beliefs and attitudes
  • Body Scan: Addressing any residual physical responses
  • Closure: Ensuring you feel stable at the end of each session
  • Reevaluation: Continuously tailoring treatment based on progress
EMDR Vancouver | Wellspring Counselling Inc.

Schedule Your Initial 15-Min EMDR Therapy Consultation Today

Integrating Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Emotional Depth

EFT focuses on the exploration and transformation of emotional experiences. It aids clients in changing maladaptive emotions and developing adaptive ones, fostering emotional healing. This approach complements EMDR Therapy, creating a powerful synergy for transformative healing.

Harnessing the Insight of Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy helps to explore the unconscious mind, understanding how past experiences and unresolved conflicts shape behaviour. This complements EMDR’s trauma processing and EFT’s emotional exploration, offering a comprehensive understanding and healing framework.

Gestalt Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS): Fostering Self-Awareness

Gestalt therapy and IFS enhance our integrative model by focusing on self-awareness and integrating thoughts, feelings, and actions. These methods support EMDR by assisting clients in fully experiencing and resolving unresolved issues, leading to a comprehensive emotional and psychological resolution.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Structuring Change

CBT provides a structured basis for understanding the interplay between thoughts, feelings, situations, and behaviours. Our neuroscience-based approach to CBT emphasizes subconscious information processing, facilitating profound changes beyond conceptual thinking. This complements the psychological change process initiated by EMDR Therapy.

Achieving Transformation Through Coherence Therapy

Coherence therapy uncovers and resolves deeply ingrained schemas contributing to psychological distress. It works in tandem with EMDR, promoting unity and peace by identifying and transforming underlying patterns.

Rewriting Emotional Memories with Implicit Memory Reconsolidation

Our use of implicit memory reconsolidation targets non-verbal, body-based memories underlying traumas. Integrated with EMDR, this technique allows for profound changes in how traumatic memories are stored and experienced.

Book Your 15-Minute EMDR Therapy Consultation Today!

Why Wellspring Counselling Stands Apart?

At Wellspring Counselling, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing personalized, compassionate care. Our team of experienced therapists brings a wealth of knowledge and empathy to each session, ensuring that you feel seen, heard, and understood. We understand that the journey to healing is deeply personal, and we are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

Comprehensive Care Tailored to You

We believe in the power of personalized therapy. Each client’s journey is unique, and our integrative approach is tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. Whether you are dealing with the effects of trauma, struggling with anxiety or depression, or seeking deeper personal growth, our therapists are here to provide the support and expertise you need to achieve lasting change.

A Collaborative Therapeutic Experience

Therapy at Wellspring Counselling is a collaborative process. We work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that integrates the most effective therapies for your situation. Our goal is to empower you with the tools and understanding you need to navigate your emotional landscape, overcome obstacles, and move forward with confidence and resilience.

Expert and Compassionate Team

Our EMDR therapists are not only experts in their field but also compassionate individuals dedicated to your healing. They continuously update their skills with the latest advancements in therapy to provide you with the highest standard of care.

Tailored Healing Approaches

Understanding that each individual’s path to healing is unique, we offer personalised therapy plans. By blending EMDR with other therapeutic approaches, we ensure a holistic treatment experience designed to foster deep, lasting healing.

Our Commitment to Your Well-Being

Your well-being is our utmost priority. We strive to support you through each step of your healing journey, equipping you with effective tools and strategies to empower your life beyond our sessions.

Your First Step Towards Healing

Embarking on therapy can feel like a significant step, and choosing the right therapist and therapeutic approach is crucial. At Wellspring Counselling, we offer an initial consultation to discuss your needs, answer your questions, and outline how our integrative therapy approach can be tailored to support your healing journey. This initial step is designed to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in the path ahead.

Healing Is a Journey

We recognize that healing is not a linear process but a journey filled with challenges, breakthroughs, and moments of profound growth. Our therapists are here to guide and support you through each phase of this journey, offering empathy, expertise, and encouragement. Whether you are taking the first step toward healing from trauma, seeking to overcome anxiety or depression, or wishing to explore deeper aspects of personal growth, Wellspring Counselling is here to support you.

Looking Towards the Future

As you progress through therapy, you’ll develop new insights, strategies, and strengths that will support you in facing life’s challenges with resilience and confidence. Our goal is to not only address current issues but to equip you with the skills and understanding necessary for sustained emotional well-being and fulfillment.

Meet Our Team of Counsellors in Vancouver To Support & Guide You on the Path to Wellness

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EMDR Therapy

1. What is EMDR Therapy, and how does it work?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It works by facilitating the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring about adaptive resolution. Through bilateral stimulation (eye movements, taps, or tones), EMDR therapy helps reduce the emotional impact of past traumas.

2. What issues can EMDR Therapy help with?

Originally developed to treat PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), EMDR therapy has since been found effective for a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, phobias, grief, and self-esteem issues. It’s also used to improve performance in areas such as work, sports, and academics.

3. Is EMDR Therapy safe?

Yes, EMDR Therapy is considered safe. It’s a structured therapy that includes specific phases to ensure a comprehensive treatment process. Some clients may experience intense emotional responses during sessions, but this is part of the therapeutic process, and a trained EMDR therapist will provide support throughout.

4. How long does an EMDR Therapy session last?

EMDR sessions typically last between 60 to 90 minutes. The number of sessions required can vary greatly depending on the individual’s history and the issues being addressed.

5. Will I lose control during EMDR Therapy?

No, clients remain in control during EMDR Therapy. While the therapy can evoke strong emotions and vivid memories, you are always in charge of the process. The role of the therapist is to guide and support you through these experiences safely.

6. How soon can I expect to see results with EMDR Therapy?

Many clients report feeling relief after just a few EMDR sessions. However, the time it takes to see results can vary based on the complexity of the issues being treated and the individual’s response to therapy. Your therapist will work with you to set realistic expectations for your treatment progress.

7. Can EMDR Therapy be done online?

Yes, EMDR Therapy can be effectively conducted online with a qualified therapist. Online EMDR sessions utilize virtual bilateral stimulation techniques and maintain the same structure and phases as in-person therapy. This flexibility allows clients to access EMDR therapy from the comfort of their own homes while ensuring the treatment’s effectiveness.

Not Looking for EMDR Therapy in Vancouver?

Check Our
Counselling Services

Comprehensive online counselling and psychotherapy services are the specialty of Wellspring Counselling Inc.

We offer treatment for various issues like anxiety, stress, anger, depression, relationships, trauma, parenting, and personal development.

Those looking for assistance navigating the complexities of the mind and challenges in life and relationships can access experienced and skilled counsellors.

Look into our specialized services here:


Stress from your job, home or social life may be taking a toll on you and you might be finding it difficult to cope.


Anger is both a powerful motivating emotion, and one that can be destructive without proper redirection.


Anxiety comes in many forms, such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, or even phobias.

Self Esteem

Our sense of self-worth can be impacted negatively because people internalize the responses they receive.


The good news is that a skilled and compassionate counsellor can help you to move toward a productive and meaningful way of life.


In sessions, you will learn constructive communication skills that are necessary for respectful and flourishing relationships…

A Special Message from the Director

Clients Say


Mr. Gordon is someone that captures the spirit and the heart of active engagement. He is empathic, genuine and incorporates action and creative problem solving into his practice. I have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Gordon as an effective career and personal counsellor.

Dr. Norman Amundson

I had no experience with therapy and was unsure of the whole process. Alistair made everything very accessible and unintimidating. It was clear that he puts quite a lot of effort and preparation into every session. I'm so glad that I decided to do this, and could not have asked for a better person to help me with this. I would highly recommend Alistair to anyone who has ever thought that they might benefit from talking to a professional.

I am a young professional which for a long time now, has struggled with anxiety, insecurity, and difficulty in finding effective life coping mechanisms. Alistair was referred to me by a friend and upon the first meeting, I found Alistair to be empathetic, compassionate and intuitive. I have now been seeing Alistair regularly for 6 months and through that time my anxiety has significantly decreased, I have found effective methods of dealing with stress, found support dealing with identity issues, as well as finding inner strength to get through a tough break up. Alistair again and again, went the extra mile -thank you Alistair for your candor, openness and a safe space to get support. Thank you for playing such a large role in keeping me healthy and positive.

I have been working with Alistair Gordon as my counsellor at Wellspring for almost 6 months now and cannot begin to tell you how far I have come with his help. I have tried working with other counsellors and therapists in the past but never really found one that clicked for me. I always felt judged, unsupported, and rushed at those appointments until I booked my first appointment with Wellspring and with Allistair. To anyone on the fence about booking an appointment or engaging in therapy: if you are willing to do the work, you couldn't ask for a better partner in your healing journey.

When I decided to find a counsellor, I tried to find someone that I could relate to, someone that is like-minded and down-to-earth and with Alistair I really found the right person. He uses an integrative approach, showed me techniques to relax and get aware of my emotions, and helped me see things in a new perspective. Of course this is an ongoing process but I enjoy meeting and working with Alistair every time. The downtown office is a very neutral place - not too intimate, not too clinical - which is helpful to overcome apprehension, especially the first couple of times. What I find remarkable is that Alistair almost always knows what I'm trying to say, even if I can't put it into words. Working with Alistair helped me a lot and it was the right decision to put my trust in him.

Alistair really cares about you the person, and I could really feel him trying to tackle my challenges. He was also very available for off-session contact via text and email. I think he did a great job with confronting me where I needed it. Alistair always could remember the important peoples' names in my personal life, which really helped with talking about my problems. I really felt like I was talking to a friend.

Alistair is an awesome counsellor. He has been so helpful in working with me through some tough times in my life. He's always been available to chat with me in-between sessions. I'd recommend Alistair to anyone - he's really the ideal counsellor in my view.

I enjoy how sessions are collaborative where I can take the lead for the direction of what we talk about, and at the same time I know that Alistair will offer helpful guidance and insight along the way. I also like how we focus on the future instead of just the past. I find this to be empowering and helpful to move forward in life.

Alistair is an awesome counsellor. He has been so helpful in working with me through some tough times in my life. He's always been available to chat with me in-between sessions. I'd recommend Alistair to anyone - he's really the ideal counsellor in my view.

I have always felt very comfortable with Alistair. He has a calming presence, and you can tell he cares about being the best counsellor for you. He helps you with all aspects of your concern, and is always able to help me find a solution to the problem I'm having.

Alistair is an exceptionally talented counsellor and has always demonstrated strong ethics, great compassion, wisdom and respect for others. I highly recommend him as a counselling practitioner.

Dr. Marla Buchanan


Our Memberships

RCC Logo | Wellspring Counselling Inc.
A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
MDR Logo | Wellspring Counselling Inc.
Emdria Logo | Wellspring Counselling Inc.

Embark on Your Journey with EMDR Therapy at Wellspring Counselling in Vancouver

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey towards healing? Wellspring Counselling warmly invites you to initiate this journey by scheduling your initial consultation with us today. Situated in the heart of Vancouver, our dedicated team is poised to guide you towards recovery and enhanced emotional well-being. Engage with us to arrange a free 15-minute consultation, providing you an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of EMDR Therapy in Vancouver. For those seeking flexibility or residing outside of Vancouver, we are pleased to offer the option of online counselling across BC, ensuring you can access our support in a manner that best suits your needs.

At Wellspring Counselling, we are committed to understanding your unique story, fostering mental resilience, and aiding you in navigating life’s hurdles. Our holistic approach is designed not only to address and heal traumas but also to promote a lifestyle conducive to overall well-being.

EMDR Therapy Vancouver BC | Wellspring Counselling Vancouver