My name is Julie Petrynko and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and the founder of Peak Experience Counselling.
I feel very lucky to be able to enjoy an incredibly fulfilling career. For the last 15 years I have worked as an educator and counsellor, developing my skills in connecting and guiding others. I am an experienced couples and relationship counsellor and have many years of experience working with individual adults, youth and families.
It is my true pleasure and passion to connect with and guide individual adults and youth, couples, families and groups in working through challenges and towards growth. Our time spent together will be safe, confidential experiences where we work collaboratively, with compassion and curiosity, to meet your needs.
My approach is very open and accepting. No matter what you are struggling with or how taboo you feel your concerns, you will find that I am an accepting and non-judgmental listener and support. I strive to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing and exploring.
As a counsellor, I believe in the connection between our physical, mental, social and emotional aspects. In my work with individuals, I encourage considering all of these aspects of one’s well-being. Each of us is our own expert in knowing what is truly best for ourselves. My goal is to help my clients reach a place where they have clear and confident access to that sense of knowing, so that the counselling experience goes beyond the counselling room and the wisdom gained becomes a part of everyday living. This is often achieved by getting to know our genuine selves through honest and safe exploration of the beliefs that have been planted and have grown throughout our lives. Gaining increased awareness of our beliefs about ourselves, the world, and relationships offers us the opportunity to observe and transform those beliefs.
Relationship counselling can create incredible positive change in dynamic by increasing understanding, empathy and open, healthy communication for romantic partners, friends, business partners, and parents and their children of any age.
In my relational counselling work, I utilize my training and experience with Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Family Therapy. From this perspective, I help clients to identify the negative cycle of interaction that the pair, or family, is likely stuck in and victim to. I often hear couples complain that they experience the same arguments and feelings over and over again in their relationship and families express a similar recurring loop of conflict. Each person, while trying to protect themselves from hurt, in their own way, helps perpetuate this negative cycle of interaction. Within this negative cycle there are emotional needs that are going unmet for each person. Through the discovery, articulation, and deeper understanding of these unmet needs, a new positive cycle of interaction can emerge.
In addition to understanding the root of challenging cycles and shifting these, I often offer strategies and things to practice in the counselling space and outside of the counselling room in order to help these new cycles take root in your experiences with your partner, friend, parent, or child.
In my work with youth, I also believe in exploring beliefs. Throughout the teen years, social and emotional skills and identity development are rapidly and continuously being explored and influenced. Counselling offers an incredibly healthy and safe way for young people to communicate their feelings and experiences without judgement. Often this sharing leads my younger clients to an opening up to and asking for guidance as they navigate one of the most complex and scary stages of life, moving from childhood to adulthood.