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Joyce Barwis is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Victoria, BC.

Joyce maintains a private practice at the Vancouver Island Naturopathic and Integrated Health Clinic.

Core Beliefs and Qualifications

I believe that therapy can support individuals to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change. It is a means of enhancing all areas of ones’ life. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have worked within the field for over thirty years.  I am certified for clinical practice in the areas of trauma, family therapy and mental health and addictions.


My role as a therapist creates a supportive environment for individuals to restore faith in themselves and to restore dignity to their lives.  I believe my work record demonstrates an ability to embrace and promote respect for culture and human diversity.


I strive to understand the social and cultural context of another person’s life experience to support the healing process.  It is important for every therapist to develop a trusting, non-judgmental relationship with clients delivered in a respectful manner.

“While Joyce displays the utmost in professionalism, she has an amazing capacity to exhibit a compassionate and relatable demeanour making her clients feel comfortable and safe. Her holistic approach to treating the whole person provides for sustainable and lasting change. I have and will continue to send friends and family her way.” – Kim

My Education and Training

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Science from Columbia Pacific University.  I went on to graduate from Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Institute as a Certified Family Therapist.  I then completed a four-year advanced training program at the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education, (CFTR).

I continued to expand my education with another year of studying trauma and attended the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.  My education in the field of trauma involved studying the most recent psychological, physiological and neurobiological research for working with emotional and shock trauma.

'Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.' - Soren Kierkegaard

My Professional Background

My life and work experiences combined with my academic qualifications have given me a sound knowledge base and a quality skill level.  I am fortunate to have received positive recognition for my work from other professionals in the community.


I began my career working with the Ministry of Children and Families providing counselling services to individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families.  This led into my working with high-risk adolescents as a Youth Outreach Worker.


In 1986 I began a career at Pacific Centre Family Services Association as a counsellor in various programs (individual, family counselling, addictions counselling and parenting) where I continued to offer therapy for seventeen years.


In 2003 I began my private practice on part-time bases and returned to work with youth and their families at the Cowichan Valley Branch of Canadian Mental Health.  In this position I worked with youth who were experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.  While working at this agency I developed a program for parents experiencing parenting challenges called “Family Capacity Program.”


I now work full time at the Vancouver Island Naturopathic and Integrated Health Clinic with individuals, couples and parents experiencing conflict with their teens or children.

Affiliations and recommended links

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors Logo
Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education Logo
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Logo