Providing counselling services to the Whistler Community and Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Kayla Benbow is a registered clinical counsellor and an EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization) trained therapist working in Whistler BC. She works collaboratively with individual clients, families, and couples to support the unique needs and goals of each client. In her trauma-informed practice, Kayla places the safety of her clients first and foremost. Working from a strengths-based perspective, Kayla helps clients build from current strengths while also working to provide them with new resources.
Kayla grew up in the Whistler community and is excited to provide counselling services in her hometown. Kayla has played many roles in the Whistler community that tie in to her current profession as a counsellor such as mentoring coordinator, youth worker, and a performance level coach.
The contact form at the bottom of this page and the contact information provided on the right side of this webpage can be used to enquire whether services available are right for you, answer any questions you might have, or book an appointment.
Function Junction, Whistler, BC. Please contact Kayla for more information.
Areas of Practice
Trauma can present in many ways in clients lives. Kayla has experience and supervision working from a trauma-informed lens. The safety of the client is first in Kayla's practice. With trauma work, safety often involves providing clients healthy coping tools to support clients ability to stay grounded in the present moment, relax, and gain more control over their internal state. Kayla is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization) trained therapist, which is currently the leading treatment for PTSD.
Kayla grew up competing in alpine ski racing and coached professionally for ten years. She holds the performance level (level III) alpine skiing coaching designation. Working with athletes towards building mindfulness based skills, awareness of their internal state, focusing on the process of sport, uncovering the values behind sport participation, and learning to manage the dynamic landscape of sport are some of the areas that can be addressed in counselling.
Anxiety is currently a challenge faced by many people; however, our individual experience of anxiety can vary drastically. Kayla works with clients to identify what their experience of anxiety is like and how anxiety is impacting everyday life, while providing a space for them to process the experience of anxiety as they learn coping strategies to work towards change.
Life transitions can be challenging. Whether you have recently moved, are heading off to school, are getting used to your children leaving home, or processing many possible changes in your life, counselling can provide a space to talk about the changes and process what it means for you in the present moment.
Whether it is our relationship with a partner, a co-worker, a family member, or ourselves, relationships play a large role in our lives. Counselling can provide the space to confidentially talk about the relationships in your life, consider and learn about boundaries, and become aware of your relationship with yourself.
Couples come to counselling for a variety of reasons. Kayla works with each unique couple to assess what the couple would like support with or build skills around while in counselling. Often Kayla will use the tools from Gottman Method Couples Therapy to support her work with couples in areas such as trust, commitment, managing conflict, life dreams, and creating shared meaning together.
People seek counselling for many different reasons such as, stress management, emotional regulation, depression, boundaries, anger management, and personal growth to name a few. Kayla maintains an open and welcoming practice to work with clients in a variety of areas. In the case that she does not feel that she has the knowledge or skills to support a client, Kayla will work with the client to find another professional who is better able to support the clients needs.