Holly Yager, Registered clinical Counsellor

Holly Yager (MEd, RCC, CCC) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor in Vancouver, BC with a specialized focus on reproductive health and fertility. Holly has been a counsellor for over 10 years and is the owner/director of Well Woman Counselling, which she launched in 2007. Holly also works at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre in specialized women's health (reproductive endocrinology & infertility, pregnancy loss, reproductive & sexual health, birthing options, and chronic pelvic pain & endometriosis). Holly has also completed an internship at the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program providing therapy for anxiety and mood disorders related to pregnancy and the menstrual cycle. In addition to providing individual and couples counselling, Holly also facilitates group therapy/workshops and gives lectures on fertility, perinatal loss, and pelvic pain. 

 

Specialized focus on reproductive health & fertility counselling:

  • Coping with the stress of infertility and trying to conceive
  • Coping with fertility treatments and assisted reproductive technologies (IVF, IUI)
  • Third-party reproduction counselling and written reports for the use of gestational surrogacy and for egg/sperm/embryo donation following guidelines set by the AHR Act, CFAS, and ASRM
  • Deciding on family building options (donor conception, single parenting, LGBTQ parenting, surrogacy, adoption)
  • Coming to terms with childlessness or child-free living
  • Pregnancy loss/perinatal loss (miscarriage, recurrent loss, late-term loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, genetics losses, terminations, abortion)
  • Pregnancy decision-making and post-abortion support (pro-choice)
  • Support during pregnancy, postpartum, and the transition to parenthood
  • Perinatal/postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD, PPA)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and PMS
  • Menopause and perimenopause support
  • Sexual health, sexual function
  • Support for PCOS, premature ovarian failure (POF), or diminished ovarian reserve
  • Chronic pelvic pain (sexual pain, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, PVD, endometriosis, central sensitization)

Other areas of interest:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief & loss
  • Life and career transitions
  • Personal growth (self-esteem, assertiveness, boundaries)
  • Relationship concerns (couples, family, friends, co-workers)
  • Stress reduction

Counselling approach:

Holly works from a person-centered, feminist perspective where clients are the experts on their own lives and where an open collaboration between client and counsellor is key. Holly is known for her professional, yet open and relaxed approach that allows clients to feel at ease.


Holly uses a variety of effective, evidence-based psychotherapies and techniques:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT)
  • Mind-body techniques (clinical hypnosis, guided visualization, meditation, breath work, focusing)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)

Education:

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), University of British Columbia
  • Dip.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), University of British Columbia
  • BA.Adv. (Psychology/Women's Studies), University of Manitoba

Professional associations & designations:

Contact Holly Yager:

  • Book an appointment by email or call 604.568.6765. Holly is not available for online booking.
  • Holly's hours -- Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon/evening, and Thursday evening.