Naomi Kolinsky

Naomi will be away on leave as of November 1, 2016. Please email us for more information on her return date.


Naomi Kolinsky is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working with women and youth since 2005. She specializes in the areas of addiction, trauma, childhood abuse, eating disorders, relationships, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Naomi shares her time between private practice at Well Woman Counselling and her position as a clinical counsellor in the VISAC and General Counselling programs at Family Services of Greater Vancouver. At the VISAC program, Naomi works with women who have a history of childhood sexual abuse, and helps them work through trauma, mental health issues and addictions. In the general counselling program, Naomi helps adults and youth to work through issues of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and parenting issues. Through Family Services, Naomi has provided presentations on alcohol and drug addictions, stress and anxiety management, dealing with burnout and vicarious trauma, and healthy relationships and communication skills. In the past, Naomi gained extensive experience as an addictions counsellor at Share Family and Community Services where she provided counselling for issues related to addictions, trauma, and concurrent disorders. She was also responsible for facilitating life skills and relapse prevention groups, and for teaching and supervising graduate-level interns. Naomi has taught college-level courses in addictions theory and practice. She is available to provide public presentations on a number of topics including binge eating, alcohol and drug addictions, stress management, healthy relationships, and more. She is also available to provide supervision for new counsellors.

Specialized focus on addictions and trauma counselling:

  • Addictions, including alcohol and drug misuse
  • Eating disorders, including food addiction, binge eating, and emotional eating
  • Childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
  • Trauma (PTSD, sexual assault, childhood abuse, and car accidents)
  • Concurrent disorders (an addiction that occurs along with a mental health diagnosis)

Additional areas of interest:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Parenting skills
  • Personal growth (self-esteem, assertiveness, confidence, boundaries)
  • Relationship issues (inability to find or sustain healthy relationships)
  • Sexual orientation, gender identity, LGBT positive counselling
  • Women's issues
  • Clinical supervision to other mental health professionals (see below)

Counselling approach:

Naomi works from a heart-centered approach in which she guides, directs, and challenges you in a gentle and compassionate manner toward the core of your issues. She believes that you are the expert on your own life. Her aim is to help you connect with your own intuition and higher wisdom in order to bring about healing and empowerment.


Naomi believes that counselling can benefit you in the following ways:

  • To develop healthier relationships with yourself and others
  • To identify and change self-sabotaging patterns in your life
  • To overcome addictions and maintain long term abstinence
  • To learn healthier ways of coping with and managing uncomfortable feelings
  • To be able to identify your needs, feelings, and thoughts, and assertively express them to others
  • To develop more clarity regarding your ideal life path
  • To become calmer, happier, more peaceful, and more accepting of yourself and others

Naomi uses a variety of effective, evidence-based therapies and techniques:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning (DARE)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Gestalt & Body-Centered
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a mind-body approach)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)

Clinical supervision:

Naomi helps new counsellors with the following clinical supervision areas:

  • Skill development through review and feedback of audio-recorded sessions
  • Case management for challenging clients or complex issues
  • Support to develop your confidence and work through self-doubt
  • Insightful feedback to help you more skillfully work with clients by identifying underlying themes and core issues necessary to create meaningful and deep change

Education:

  • M.Ed., Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • B.A., Psychology and Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Professional associations:

Professional development & training:

  • EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Training - 2015
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level Two: Attachment, Development, and Trauma - 2012-2013
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level One: Training for the Treatment of Trauma - 2010-2012
  • DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning, Level Four: From Wound to Wellness - 2015
  • DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning, Level Three: Neurobiology of Loving Relationships - 2014
  • DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning, Level Two: Creating Healthy Adult Relationships - 2012
  • DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning, Level One: Healing Early Attachment Wounds - 2011
  • EFT: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Level One - 2006

Workshops & presentations given:

  • Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders - UBC - 2015
  • Managing Anxiety - City of Surrey RCMP - 2014
  • Managing Stress - Fair Haven United Church Homes - 2014
  • Breaking Bad Habits: A Two-Hour Workshop That Will Change Your Life - Ongoing
  • Preventing and Treating Vicarious Trauma and Burnout - Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic - 2013
  • Healthy Relationships and Communication Skills - City of Surrey - 2012
  • Understanding and Treating Addictions - City of Surrey - 2011

Contact Naomi Kolinsky:

  • Naomi will be on maternity leave as of November 1, 2016. Until that time, Naomi is available on Mondays and Tuesdays for both daytime and evening appointments
  • Book an appointment with Naomi using our online booking system, by sending her an email, or by calling 604.568.6765