Tamara Vaags


It is often when the pain of life is deepest that we feel most alone, and it can be hard to reach out for help or make people understand our experience. For as long as I can remember, I have felt drawn to those who are in a time of struggle. The opportunity to come alongside someone as they journey, to know their unique experience, to be a part of their story and offer my whole-hearted acceptance and my belief in their capacity to heal and grow – this is the thing that gives me the greatest fulfillment. Being known and seen in the warmth of relationship gives us much of what we need to overcome the trauma and pain of life and regain strength and meaning. This is what I seek to offer you when you come through my door.

I have lived in the prairies, the mountains and the desert and, in those places, I have gained 20 years of experience in relating to, and assisting, men and women from all kinds of backgrounds. In various personal and professional roles, I have come alongside youth, adults, seniors, families, and newcomers as well as those struggling with income insecurity, unemployment, and childhood adversity. I have travelled extensively and worked in both civilian and military environments. These life-adventures have given me an in-depth understanding of the perspectives and experiences of people from all walks of life. 

I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology and am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am certified in Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Level I AEDP) and sand-tray therapy. Through my counselling work, I have gained experience in working with depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, relational difficulties, self-esteem, and addictions. My current research interests include exploring the life stories of veterans who are struggling to transition after their deployments. I am particularly interested in supporting individuals who are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic experiences. 

In our sessions, I will use a number of relational, expressive and experiential modalities that will help you to process your experience, get unstuck and find healing. I look at life struggles through a holistic lens that includes the emotional, relational, physical, mental, creative and spiritual aspects of who you are. My approach is influenced by several theoretical models, including AEDP, that are process-experiential, body-focussed and emotion-focussed. 

Wherever your story finds you, I look forward to being a part of it. 

To contact Tamara and set up an appointment, please phone the Brookswood Counselling Offices at 778-278-3411 or email at info@brookswoodcounselling.com.