I received a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2008. I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. In 2009 I co-founded the 'CBT for Kids' Clinic and worked with children, teens and parents with a wide range of mental health issues. In 2018 I opened Karen Hamill Counselling Services to meet the counselling needs of children, teens, adults and families. In addition to private practice, I have counselled women and couples at the Reproductive Mental Health Clinic at BC Women's Hospital and worked with young adults at the University of British Columbia Counselling Services.
As a life-long learner I have always been dedicated to staying current and at the top of my field. I have returned to school to complete my doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology at UBC. For three years I worked as the Lead Researcher at the Anxiety Projects Lab at UBC. My academic interests include:
the assessment, early intervention and treatment of anxiety disorders
the impact of parental mental illness on children
the factors that contribute to childhood resiliency when faced with adversity
I am committed to providing high quality, evidence-based treatment to ensure optimal results. I have expertise in:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Latest Neuroscience Research
Empathy & Understanding
A strong therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in counselling success. I strive to create a safe and supportive relationship with the children and adults I see. I am known for my empathic listening, kindness and non-judgmental approach.
Diversity, Equality & Respect
Everyone is welcome! Diversity is celebrated here. You can expect to be treated with warmth and dignity at all times.
LGBTQ2+ positive space BIPOC allied
Privacy & Consent
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to me and I take all necessary steps to ensure that my clients' privacy is protected and that they are fully informed prior to consenting to therapy.