Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

- Anais Nin

Janet Rayner Thorn

Hello! I’m a mature registered MSW clinical counsellor (UBC ‘94) providing private, community, corporate and medical services in Sooke, BC.

I work from a strength-based perspective where the counselling relationship is central. I believe that clients come to counselling equipped with their own unique strengths to help them navigate the issues they are facing. In our work together, in addition to developing new tools and strategies, I work with clients to help them identify and creatively apply the strengths they possess to flourish in their lives and relationships.

My experience has taught me the relief one experiences by deep and compassionate listening and the amazing changes one can make when they feel known and heard.

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I am also an award winning  Fine Art Painter active in the Sooke and Metchosin Fine Arts Community.  My life is rounded out with family, being an avid forest walker and hiker with my Golden Retriever Emma, an ocean snorkeler, a CrossFit convert and active meditator.

I am also an award winning  Fine Art Painter active in the Sooke and Metchosin Fine Arts Community.  My life is rounded out with family, being an avid forest walker and hiker with my Golden Retriever Emma, an ocean snorkeler, a CrossFit convert and active meditator.

Art by Janet Rayner Thorn

Issues I most frequently work with

  • Anxiety/depression
  • Grief/life transitions
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Relationship with self and others
  • Couple
  • Ageing and wellness
  • Parenting
  • Family and interpersonal conflict
  • Anger management
  • Medical/work/personal stress
  • Substance misuse

Types of therapy I offer

  • Attachment Based
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Culturally sensitive
  • EMDR
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family/relationship
  • Feminist
  • Humanistic
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Person-centered
  • Sensory Motor Psychotherapy

What my clients say...

"As I entered into a difficult transition in my life, I made the decision to seek out a counsellor. For me this was challenging to trust in a counsellor to share some of my most personal experiences and thoughts. I was fortunate enough to find Janet. From the moment I sat down in her chair and began to slowly open up about life, I felt at ease. Janet has an amazing way of making you feel safe and comfortable while talking with her. Having her has been somewhat life changing for me. Personal growth, understanding and empowerment of myself would most describe the ways Janet has impacted me. I am thankful to have her."

"Janet has not only been an anchor for me through some very difficult periods in my life, but she has given me the tools I’ve needed to also become my own anchor as I move forward on my path. She listens with great empathy and understanding, and always allows for space to feel and express myself in the moment.  With Janet I have always felt heard, understood, and seen.  She has opened space for me to see and to work with the strengths that I did not acknowledge within myself, which has helped me immensely over the last few years."

What my Clients say...

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"As I entered into a difficult transition in my life, I made the decision to seek out a counsellor. For me this was challenging to trust in a counsellor to share some of my most personal experiences and thoughts. I was fortunate enough to find Janet. From the moment I sat down in her chair and began to slowly open up about life, I felt at ease. Janet has an amazing way of making you feel safe and comfortable while talking with her. Having her has been somewhat life changing for me. Personal growth, understanding and empowerment of myself would most describe the ways Janet has impacted me. I am thankful to have her."

"Janet has not only been an anchor for me through some very difficult periods in my life, but she has given me the tools I’ve needed to also become my own anchor as I move forward on my path. She listens with great empathy and understanding, and always allows for space to feel and express myself in the moment.  With Janet I have always felt heard, understood, and seen.  She has opened space for me to see and to work with the strengths that I did not acknowledge within myself, which has helped me immensely over the last few years."

Book a Counselling Session

In my practice I am direct, positive while also compassionate and empathetic. I am actively listening while also working to provide solutions when useful. I have developed a therapeutic intuition and wisdom over many years while recognizing that supporting a client to access their own deepest knowing and inner wisdom is the most effective method.

COVID Precautions

I am available for in-person counselling at Sea to Tree Health & Wellness, 6653 Sooke Road, by the roundabout.

Rates

  • individuals: $120/hour
  • couples or families: $140/hour
  • sliding scale available on request

I accept payments by cash, cheque or interac e-transfer.

Insurance

Services may be covered in full or part by your extended health insurance or employee benefit plan. Inquire wether your benefit plan covers Janet's qualifications and designations (MSW) RSW #03352

Please note that cancellations require 24 hours notice. Thank you.

Member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Social Workers BCASW

Member in good Standing of the British Columbia College of Social Workers #03352 BCCSW

Private Practice Insurance with CASW

Rates

  • individuals: $120/hour
  • couples or families: $140/hour
  • sliding scale available on request

I accept payments by cash, cheque or interac e-transfer.

Please note that cancellations require 24 hours notice. Thank you.

Insurance

Services may be covered in full or part by your extended health insurance or employee benefit plan. Inquire wether your benefit plan covers Janet's qualifications and designations (MSW) RSW #03352

Member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Social Workers BCASW

Member in good Standing of the British Columbia College of Social Workers #03352 BCCSW

Private Practice Insurance with CASW

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Call me at 250-882-3847