About Olivia Ng, MEd, RCC
Olivia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from University of British Columbia. She has experience counselling adults who have severe, persistent mental illness including: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders (e.g. bipolar and major depressive disorders), co-occurring disorders such as personality disorders, substance abuse, mental challenges etc. She also has experience counselling groups of adults who have addiction and addictive behaviours including: drug abuse, drug addition, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities, to learn tools for addiction recovery. Additionally, Olivia has experience counselling groups of family members and caregivers of people with mental and substance use difficulties, to provide information and resources so that they can be as well-supported as possible in caring for themselves and their loved ones.
In her first year of clinical work at The New Westminster UBC Counselling Centre, she appreciated the learning challenges of counselling individuals of varying ages with different disabilities, and from a diversity of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and life situations.
Olivia has two years of experience working in the rehabilitation Recovery Program at Coast Mental Health by helping clients to increase their awareness and knowledge about their skills and vocational interest and prepare them to find a job when they are ready to get back to the community have shown her that she has both the passion and the aptitude for this type of work.
In addition, with ten years of experience working as a pharmacy assistant in a retail pharmacy, she has excellent interpersonal and communication skills with clients from different backgrounds and illnesses. She also has knowledgeable about Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles when she completed her program and practicum for the Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation at Douglas College.
Olivia’s approach to counselling is client-centered, and she works collaboratively with her clients to determine the approach to therapy that will work best for them. She strives to create a strong and positive working alliance in order to help people make positive changes and resolve their issues. Her practice is influenced by mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and Personal-Counselling with an ability to be flexible based on client needs.
Olivia is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and respectful space. She has the aspiration of working with a diverse clientele presenting a broad range of counselling concerns. With creativity, flexibility and intention she creates an approach that works best for you.
Olivia can provide counselling in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.