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Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
Clinical Director

My name is Ikjyot (Joty) Rehal, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#18751) and Founder of Thriving Hearts Therapy Clinic. 

Most of the times my clients arrive to therapy feeling alone, overwhelmed and don’t know how to cope. They have tried their best to deal with their challenges, and sometimes to ignore them, but there is a feeling of stuckness.

Together with you, I help facilitate coping, which brings a sense of clarity, relief and empowerment for my clients. I help my you hold, unpack, and process the difficult experiences so that you develop confidence to manage difficult emotions. 

I provide safe, empathetic and collaborative space for my clients to help them learn coping skills so that they can become the best versions of themselves. I believe in the power of connection and safety in counselling practice which brings transformative experiences for clients.


 I am trained and skilled to work with anxiety, depression, workplace burnout, stress, sexual or childhood trauma, and relationship and marriage conflicts. As an anxiety and trauma therapist, I specialize working with narcissistic abuse, childhood trauma, past narcissistic abuse by toxic parents,  codependency, boundary issues and people who struggle in dating and relationships. I assist couples communicate and build trust. After my Masters degree, I received additional training in Gottman Method, which is effective for relationship counselling, and I am also trained in EFT, which I use to work with anxiety, depression and relationship's conflicts. My treatment modalities are supported by research and neuroscience


Learn about my Education and Training:


Meet Choco

In my free time, I love playing with "Choco". 

Choco is 1 year old Shih Tzu who is always excited to run around in the parks and eager to make new friends with other puppies. 

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Holding Hands

Anxiety & Depression
Grief & Loss
Lack of sleep & Exhaustion
Workplace burnout
Navigating cultures
Dating anxiety
Fear of abandonment


Low self-worth
Narcissistic Abuse
Childhood trauma
Lack of Boundaries
Managing triggers
Confusion about direction

Family Conflict
Parent-child conflict

Parenting responsibilities
In-laws conflicts
Lack of self-identity
Career anxiety
School stressors


Education & Training

Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology - SFU

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Counselling - KPU


Additional Certifications

Gottman Method of Couple's Therapy Certification

EFT Couples Therapy Externship

Emotions Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

Telepsychology Best Practices 101: Clinical Evaluation and Care; Cultural Competencies; Documentation Certification

Trainings/Workshops for treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma  

IFS: Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Trauma & Mind Body Super Conference

Healing trauma with compassionate inquiry - Dr. Gabor Mate

The Embodiment Conference​​

Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop (EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to move clients from surviving to thriving) with Dr. Arielle Schwartz (PESI)

Trainings/Workshops for relationship counselling  

Gottman Method of Couple's Therapy Certification

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship

Key Strategies for Helping Hostile and Avoidant Couples Resolve Conflict - Juliet & Clinton

Relational Trauma Treatment Workshop (Psychodrama and Experiential Interventions for Treating Childhood Wounds in Adult Clients) with Dr. Tian Dayton

Childhood trauma counselling Vancouver,  Surrey, Kitsilano, Burnaby, Lumby, Kimberly, Victoria, Kamloops
Childhood trauma therapy Vancouver,  Surrey, Kitsilano, Burnaby, Lumby, Kimberly, Victoria, Kamloops
Narcissistic abuse counselling Vancouver, Surrey, Kitsilano, Burnaby, Lumby, Kimberly, Victoria, Kamloops
Narcissistic abuse therapy Vancouver, Surrey, Kitsilano, Burnaby, Lumby, Kimberly, Victoria, Kamloops
Toxic parents trauma counselling Vancouver,  Surrey, Kitsilano, Burnaby, Lumby, Kimberly, Victoria, Kamloops
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