Amanda Chalmers

How I work with you
About Me

Over the past 15 years I have worked as a counsellor with women and couples, primarily in the areas of family planning, sexual health and reproductive decision-making.


I hold an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, which includes study in psychology and women’s studies and a specialization in sexuality, marriage and family studies. After many years of working as a counsellor in the field of sexual and reproductive health, I decided to return to school to continue my education and am currently completing a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at UBC.


My background also includes additional training in the treatment of complex trauma; in utilizing mindfulness meditation in the clinical context; study in abnormal and cultural psychology, and in counselling theory and practice. I am also certified as a yoga teacher, and have studied and practiced asana and pranayama for over a decade.

Be human, strive, act with kindness and compassion, serve, dance every now and then, appreciate life while you can – that’s about the best there is. It’s our chance to be magnificent.


-Carl Safina

In my view, the role of a counsellor is to provide a safe and supportive environment for self-exploration and growth, and to assist each individual in discovering and accessing their own unique strengths and innate healing potential.


I firmly believe that it takes great courage to face the difficult things in life and requires wisdom to recognize when we might need some extra help. It takes strength to reach out for support and grace to accept it.

As a counsellor, I strive to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space that can allow my clients to move into greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, and ultimately into the freedom to live more fully.

Some of my areas of practice include:

  • Developing healthy relationships, improving communication and setting boundaries (including in non-traditional, polyamorous and open relationships)

  • Concerns around identity, self-esteem and self-worth

  • Concerns around sexuality and sexual identity

  • Managing anxiety, grief, dissociation and distraction through mindfulness practice

  • Gentle yoga and movement based therapy to heal the relationship between the mind and the physical body

To love means to be actively concerned with the life and the growth of another.


-Irvin Yalom






Evening and weekend appointments available


I work on a sliding scale starting from $60 / appointment

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