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Debra Wolinsky M Ed, RCC
Counselling & Consulting Services
Supporting others to be their best selves.



Who am I?

I am delighted to introduce myself to you! 

I have been a counsellor and consultant for over 30 years, in BC and Alberta, in private practice as well as in nonprofit, government and commercial organizations.

I support a strength-based practice believing that we all become "stuck" on occasion but that doesn't mean that we have to remain stuck! With supportive guidance and appropriate resources, we can develop the insights and skills to be our best. I am results-oriented and encourage my clients similarly with gentle and supportive structure during and outside of counselling sessions.

I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

When working with organizations, firstly, I meet with key stakeholders, and then complete a robust assessment prior to presenting a detailed plan.

Please browse my services and reach out to me to explore your counselling &  consulting needs and interests.

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Individual Counselling Services for  Adults

Presently, all services are offered remotely via telephone or video.

Experience & Specialties Helping Others With:

Grief & Loss



Conflict Management

Interpersonal Communication

Stress Management


Corporate Services

I provide onsite and remote training and consultation services for non-profit and commercial organizations. Areas of interest & expertise include team building, employee wellness including grief & loss, psychologically safe work spaces, employee engagement, stress management, conflict management and interpersonal communication skill building.

All corporate services include a detailed assessment and work plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a counselling session?

Counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes long.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Simply call 604-733-3437 or email Your call or voice mail message will be returned within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.
There is no need for a referral.

Will my health insurance cover counselling?

Check with your extended health care provider to determine if Registered Clinical Counsellors in BC are covered by you plan. Private counselling sessions are not covered by MSP, unfortunately.

How much does a counselling session cost?

Each 50-minute counselling session is $120. Payment can be paid via e-transfer at the end of the counselling session for remote services. Cheque, cash and e-transfer are options for in-person sessions. 
Sliding scale fee structure may be available. Please inquire about this.

What can I expect from counselling?

Firstly, be proud of yourself for reaching out...that's often the most difficult step! You can expect a safe place to talk about and explore difficult things. You may learn new things about yourself, refine skills you already have and acquire new tools to help you be your best self.
I will support you to set goals as that helps with accountability and success.

Do you offer free sessions?

A free 10 to 15-minute telephone conversation is recommended to discuss counselling needs & interests. A sliding scale fee structure may be available, otherwise, counselling sessions are $115 per 50-minute session.

Do you work with children/youth, couples and families?

I provide counselling services to adults on individual basis and do not work with children, youth and couples.

How do I get more information about your corporate services?

Please email with your inquiry.

Still have questions? Reach out today!



Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC) is a non-profit organization that provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder. MDABC is a branch of Lookout Housing and Health Society.
Call (604-873-0103), email ( or visit its website ( 

Anxiety Canada
Anxiety Canada is a registered charity established in 1999 by a group of concerned
individuals, family members, and health professionals. Its mission is to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to proven resources and
treatment. Anxiety Canada is a leader in developing free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders and promotes understanding about anxiety and anxiety disorders through general information sessions, professional seminars and workshops.
Call (604 620 0744), email ( or visit its website (

Crisis Centre of BC

The Crisis Centre of BC provides help and hope to individuals, organizations, and communities by offering crisis support, suicide prevention, and postvention services. It offers:

  • Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgemental, confidential support and follow-up through 24/7 phone lines and online services.

  • Education and training programs that promote mental wellness and equip schools, organizations and communities to assist people at risk of suicide.



Its Distress Services program provides support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia. It offers telephone risk assessment, collaborative safety planning and short-term telephone follow up services 24/7. Online chat services are available between 12 pm and 1am.


Call one of the following phone numbers if you are in crisis:  

9-8-8 National Suicide Crisis Helpline / Ligne d’aide en cas de crise de suicide

Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311

Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234


Use one of the Chat crisis services:

Online Chat Service for Youth: (12 pm to 1 am)
Online Chat Service for Adults: (12 pm to 1am)

Camp Kerry Society
A non-profit organization specializing in bereavement care. It supports children, youth, adults & families impacted by serious illness, grief & loss. It offers a variety of workshops and group support services.
Call (604-553-4663), email ( or visit its website (  

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
A non-profit organization founded in 1982 by families and friends of people with schizophrenia, it is now a province-wide family support system. It provides support and education, raises funds for research and advocates for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious & persistent mental illness.
Call (604-270-7841 or 1-888-888-0029, email ( or visit its website ( 

Canuck place Children’s Hospice
A non-profit children’s hospice and community-based service that embraces the life of each child and family. It provides holistic pediatric palliative care and serves newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions in BC/Yukon
Call (Vancouver: 604-731-4847; Abbotsford:778-880-4847), email ( or visit its website (  

BC Bereavement Helpline
This is a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. It provides information on bereavement support groups, training/educational workshops, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day.
Call (604-738-9950), email ( or visit its website (

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