Contributing to the personal transformation of others gives me great meaning. I find a personal sense of, significance and energy as I see others grow from painful circumstances and accomplish their goals. I have a Ph.D. in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia where I specialized in PTSD recovery, specifically, the recovery processes of men who have been traumatized in their relationships with their fathers. Men and women often respond differently to PTSD and to their experiences of recovery.
I have been and I believe that being compassionately present with others and using fine-tuned clinical skills helps create the space and place necessary for growth and I have a deep belief in humanities capacity to find real-life resolutions to injuries and challenges. Research has shown that this happens best when we have access to understanding, support, respect and skilled therapeutic interventions.
I have worked professionally with people for over 30 years. For over 16 years I have been certified as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have been ordained as a Chaplain for over 25 years and I have worked as a level 3 childcare worker with the Ministry of Children and Families and Intensive Child Care Resources for over 25 years. Within these roles, I have experience with a culturally, economically and religiously diverse population challenged with a range of concerns like teenage prostitution, violent crime, trauma, crisis, cross-cultural issues, gender crisis, identity issues, addictions, depression, anxiety, attachment, parenting and relationship problems. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have to serve and care for hurting and work hard to make counselling services comfortable because taking that first step to seek help can sometimes be the hardest.
I have researched and delivered professional presentations and papers on father/child relationships, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, spiritual distress and spiritual health in multicultural contexts. Currently, I am a clinical director at Brookswood Counselling Inc and the National Clinical Director or the Veterans Transition Network a nonprofit organization that provides transitional programs for Canadian Veterans across Canada.
“Mike is a great listener and a gifted communicator who truly cares about the well-being of the person he is counseling. My sessions with Mike have been helpful not only in healing and strengthening my marriage but in helping me to understand myself better. He has helped me to take the pain of a very hurtful and devastating experience and use it as an opportunity for growth. He creates a safe atmosphere where I feel comfortable to talk openly and honestly. Through listening to me and reflecting back my thoughts in a way that is affirming to me as a person, Mike has helped me to understand my own emotions and more importantly to get comfortable with my emotions. Through counseling I have been able to make sense and purpose out of my thoughts and life experiences and gain confidence in who I am and my ability to make decisions for myself.”
“My sessions with Mike have been life-changing for me. Instead of offering ‘quick-fix’ solutions to what I now see as symptoms, Mike has helped me to dig deeper and to get at the root of the problem. By asking me wise questions, he has helped me understand what it is that leads me to behave in certain ways, and has guided me towards health in my life and (therefore) in my family’s life. I’m extremely grateful for his care and guidance. My sessions with Mike have been by far the best investment that our family has ever made.”
“Mike Dadson helped me to see value in caring for myself and letting go of unrealistic expectations. He walked me through the painful process of meeting oneself and gave me tools, specific to my story, for present and future relationships and circumstances. In my counseling sessions, I felt empowered and validated in my feelings. This experience has been an invaluable and irreplaceable part of my life.”
“Although I initially started counselling to work through some specific coping problems I was having at the time, I have continued to attend counselling sessions regularly on a monthly basis. It is really important for me to be able to open up to someone without ever feeling uncomfortable or judged. Mike has been instrumental in helping me to sort out my issues and has helped me to grow into the person I want to be. I have referred Mike to several of the people that are closest to me and would not hesitate to refer him to others. It is one of the most useful tools at my disposal to become a happy, compassionate and loving human being.”
“I have been referring patients to Mike Dadson for 10 years, and have found him to be consistently helpful, even with very challenging situations. I can highly recommend him.”
— DR. DEREK HITCHMAN, MD, CCFP, HEALTH SERVICES, TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY