Ash dela Cruz Yip (they/them) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Their narrative therapy approach centres the clients' skills/knowledge and fosters a collaborative space to navigate client issues. Ash believes that the client knows themselves best and gives them the space to explore their experiences, and the context surrounding them, with empathy and care. They work with youth, adults, people of colour, folks who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent-identifying individuals.
Ash identifies as a Filipinx/Chinese, queer, trans, non-binary, able-bodied, uninvited settler on stolen Indigenous land. They challenge social norms personally and professionally and they prioritize collective care. Some roles they hold include partner, caregiver, friend, therapist, athlete, and avid cat-enthusiast.
Ash offers individual therapy for individuals age 11+ and couples therapy. They may be booked for phone or video sessions at this time.
Within narrative therapy, there is a basic assumption that individuals organize and make meaning of their identities and experiences through stories/narratives. These narratives are strengthened over time through circulation and reinforcement which often pushes out alternative stories or possibilities. Narrative therapy takes environmental, social, and cultural context into consideration and understands that they cannot be separated from the problems people face. The narrative therapist and client work together to unpack certain stories and create new ones for the preferred way the client wants to walk through the world and live their lives. Narrative therapy is a creative modality that utilizes expressive mediums such as letter writing, drawing/sketching/colouring, vlogging, meme-watching/creating, etc. There is an openness about narrative therapy that leaves space for the client to lead with their knowledge and lived experience. The narrative therapist brings themselves into the therapeutic process, understanding that they come to this work with their own identities and lived experiences as well.
Ash is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.
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