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Rosie Ander, MC, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

After a decade of experience working in early childhood settings, I recognized a longing in myself to nurture growth in children and their families on a deeper level. This led me on a path to become a therapist specializing in children in their early years and middle childhood. I’m dedicated to cultivating a therapeutic relationship in which children feel seen, heard, and respected. My intention is to expand children's emotional literacy. Approaching my work from a child-centred and synergetic play therapy lens, I believe children can benefit greatly from the power of play via sensory regulation techniques, dramatic play, storytelling, and expressive art-inspired activities.

At the heart of my practice, is establishing a sense of safety within the therapeutic space, allowing for increased capacity for regulation within the child’s nervous system. When a child feels empowered to access a more regulated state in their body, their ability to process their emotions expands and they are supported to forge authentic, vital connections with those around them. I believe that developing a greater capacity to self-regulate lays the foundation for positive social and emotional development. This paced, gentle and neuro-affirmative approach helps children gain the tools to move through their challenges and establish a lasting connection with their own natural resiliency.

Areas of Specialization

  • Early and Middle Childhood

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sensory Processing Challenges

  • Neurodivergence (ADHD, ASD,FASD, LD, HSP, Gifted)

  • Critical/Enduring Childhood Illness

  • Grief and Loss

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Child-Centred Play Therapy

  • Integrated Parent/Caregiver Psychoeducation and Support

  • Collaborative, Team Based Care

Educational Background

  • Bachelors of Early Childhood Education – Capilano University

  • Masters in Counselling – City University

Professional Designations

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC)

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A designation of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC)

"Rest is the anchor that keeps children grounded in themselves. Play is the lifeblood that fuels growth and learning"

- Deborah MacNamara
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