Michelle Srdanovic is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology (Simon Fraser University). In 1998, Michelle began her work with clients in the anti-violence field supporting women and children who had experienced physical, emotional and sexual violence and associated trauma. She also pioneered the development of a Specialized Victim Services Program in Langley. This program continues to provide emotional and practical support to adults and children who have experienced power-based violence and are attempting to navigate the police and court systems.
Michelle pursued graduate work in Counselling Psychology where her research and publications focused on exploring secondary and vicarious trauma in helping professionals. She has since provided assessment and therapy to parents and children referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development facing issues such as family violence, addictions, trauma and systemic challenges. Michelle was also a Therapist at Family Services of Greater Vancouver for eight years; in this role, she worked with adults, children and families dealing with a range of obstacles including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions. Her ongoing commitment to professional growth as a Therapist is reflected in the scope of specialized training she has pursued, which includes the following:
- Play Therapy Level I and II
- Gottman Couple’s Therapy Level I and II
- Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT for Couples)
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
- Narrative Therapy Level I
- Clinical Supervision
In addition to working with clients in her own counselling practice, Michelle supervises both graduate level counselling interns and other Community Counsellors in their clinical work. She is also a part-time Faculty at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where she teaches psychology and counselling skills to students pursuing training in a range of healthcare technologies.