cropped_edited_IMG_7857Pardeep Atwal, CCC, RCC, holds a Master’s degree from the City University of Seattle in Vancouver, BC. She also has a BSc from the University of British Columbia. Pardeep continues her professional development and has recently acquired further trauma training acquiring her EMDR certificate and Sensory Motor Affect Regulation certificate. She is determined and dedicated to furthering her knowledge and understanding of psychological sciences through research.

Early on in my studies when I was interning in the mental health field while working with children and youth, I came across clients who showed anxiety like symptoms and or dissociative symptoms that could be traced back to a traumatic incident in their childhood.  A CBT approach at that time was recommended, yet I found that focusing just on the anxiety was similar to a Band-Aid solution.  I had great difficulty finding effective interventions in helping clients who exhibit anxiety like symptoms proceeding after a traumatic incident. This is when I decided to make this my thesis research topic. The purpose of my thesis is to establish a best practices protocol for counsellors working with traumatized youth (2-18 years of age) who are presenting hyperarousal and or dissociative related symptoms and or related disorders.  My thesis titled, Neurobiological Guided Practices for Therapeutic Work with Childhood Trauma, has been published and is available on From the findings of my thesis research I have realized the importance of trauma informed practice. I have acquired certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Level 1 and Sensory Motor Affect Regulation Level 1 both of which are trauma training meant to facilitate the processing out of trauma.

The following is a link to my published thesis:

Key Benefits to Counselling:

Individual Counselling can help you to:

  • Increase your confidence
  • Become more aware of yourself
  • Feel more in control of your life
  • Gain a deeper sense of fulfilment in your work and personal life
  • Become more able to explore options and choices that are available to you
  • Improve your relationships
  • Talk through your concerns and express your feelings in a safe supportive environment
  • Identify your needs and explore healthy solutions for how you can have those needs met

In Group Counselling you can:

  • Learn more about how you are perceived by others
  • Experience a sense of acceptance and belonging
  • Discover that you are not alone in the difficulties you are experiencing
  • Hear ideas from others which enhance your ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Benefit from the experience of being helpful to others
  • Learn to constructively express your feelings and ideas to others
  • Gain encouragement by observing the successes of others

Formal Counselling Education:

  1. Master’s in Counselling Psychology
  2. Trauma Training
    • A) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Certificate
      EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a well-researched therapy used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms. It has also been effectively used to decrease the impact of traumatic events, past or present, such as motor vehicle accidents, personal injury or natural disasters. Victims of historical abuse have also reported significant benefits from EMDR treatment. Practitioners of EMDR must complete a standardized certification course, which is internationally regulated, followed by supervised practice and regular professional development.
    • B) Sensory Motor Affect Regulation Certificate
      Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma and early attachment issues but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements. Research shows that trauma and early attachment profoundly affects the body and that many symptoms of afflicted individuals are somatically driven.
      Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ builds upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles, but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Theoretical principles and treatment approaches from both the mental health and body psychotherapy traditions are integrated in this approach.
      Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ draws from body-oriented psychotherapy methodology pioneered by Ron Kurtz (Kurtz, 1990) as a foundation for therapeutic skills and incorporates theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation.

Professional Affiliations:
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC),
Certified Clinical Counsellor (CCC) registered with the Canadian Clinical and Psychotherapy Association (C.C.P.A.)