Heal Your Heart & Rebuild After Loss with Wellspring Counselling in BC

Grief & Loss Counselling in Vancouver, BC

Loss shatters the familiar, leaving you struggling to make sense of a changed world. Whether it’s the death of a loved one, a relationship ending, or the loss of abilities and dreams for yourself, the pain of grief is very real. It can leave you feeling lost, alone, and doubting whether you’ll ever find peace again.

Wellspring Counselling is a haven where you can navigate the complex journey of grief. With a compassionate therapist’s support – in-person in Vancouver or via secure online counselling throughout BC – you can process your pain, honor what has been lost, and rediscover strength and meaning within yourself.

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The Many Faces of Loss & Grief

Loss takes countless forms, and each person’s grief is unique. Here are some of the many types of losses that can deeply impact a life:

  • Death of a Loved One: Losing a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, or cherished pet can bring overwhelming sorrow, anger, loneliness, even guilt.
  • Relationship Changes: Divorce, breakups, estrangement – losing important connections can feel akin to a death and trigger its own grieving process.
  • Lost Abilities: Illness, injury, or age-related decline can bring grief for physical capacities, independence, and the life you once knew.
  • Identity Shifts: Job loss, retirement, moving to a new community, or losing a sense of belonging can create a deep sense of uncertainty and loss.
  • Ambiguous Loss: When a loved one has dementia, is missing, or circumstances prevent closure, grief can be complex and ongoing.

How Grief Manifests: It's Not Just Sadness

  • Emotional Waves: Intense sadness, anger, guilt, fear, numbness – grief isn’t linear, emotions can shift unpredictably, even years later.
  • Physical Symptoms:** Fatigue, sleep problems, digestive upset, lowered immunity – grief’s impact extends to the body.
  • Cognitive Challenges:** Difficulty concentrating, memory fog, questioning beliefs about the world – loss can profoundly affect your thinking.
  • Social Withdrawal:** It may feel draining to interact with others, even those who mean well, isolating you further.
  • Complicated Grief:** When the intensity doesn’t ease over time, or grief significantly disrupts your life, specialized therapy can help.
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Why Grief & Loss Counselling Works

  • Safe Space for Pain: Society often pressures us to “get over it” quickly. Therapy grants permission to feel the full scope of your loss, without judgment.
  • Coping Skills: Learn healthy ways to manage overwhelming emotions, find moments of peace, and take care of yourself physically and mentally.
  • EMDR for Traumatic Grief: If your loss involved sudden, shocking, or disturbing circumstances, EMDR therapy can be transformative in processing those memories, easing their grip on your present.
  • Honoring & Integrating: Therapy helps you find ways to remember a loved one, and acknowledge the person you were pre-loss while building a new life.
  • Meaning-Making: Loss can shatter your sense of purpose. We’ll gently explore ways to find renewed meaning as you move forward.
  • Support on Your Terms: Online grief therapy lets you find solace from home. In-person Vancouver sessions offer a comforting space when needed.

Our Approach: Compassionate, Tailored, Focused on Healing

  • Your Journey, Your Pace: There’s no “right” timeline for grief. We meet you exactly where you are and move at the speed that’s best for you.
  • Holistic Support: We offer somatic techniques, mindfulness, and other tools alongside traditional talk therapy to help you process grief through mind, body, and spirit.
  • Strength Alongside Vulnerability: Therapy honors your pain while also highlighting your inner resilience and the resources you can draw upon.

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.

Edward Hicks

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.

Kahir Lalji

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.

Elyse Renouf

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.

Max A

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.

Michael S.

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


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