Bringing a broad spectrum of life and professional experience to his role as a Clinical Counsellor, Ian Mackintosh works with a wide range of age groups with a focus on children, youth and families.
Ian operates from a strength-based, trauma-informed, dynamic systems approach, using a variety of arts-based and somatic experiential tools/techniques to help clients explore creative solutions and new perspectives.
Areas of focus:
• Emotional dysregulation
• Existential angst
• Life transitions/managing change
Ian addresses and integrates client experience using a variety of non-judgmental evidence-based therapies, incorporating aspects of creative and expressive techniques in part influenced by his background in massage therapy and professional theatre.
In addition to child, youth and family counselling, Ian has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness and addiction in the supported housing and crisis-housing sector in both Vancouver and Victoria for more than a decade. This has given him a pragmatic optimism to provide quality, practical service for all clients to dream a better existence for themselves.
Ian holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from UVic, and Massage Therapy certification from Mount Royal College in Calgary. Ian is married with two children (and three cats) and lives on the West Shore.