Nina De Lucca, M.Ed., RCC, CCC
I am a mother, a partner, a child, and a teacher. I am also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). I come from an education background and have worked with children, teens, and adults throughout my career journey.
When I graduated from UBC with my Bachelor in Education, a travelling bug and an opportunity brought me to England where I worked in high schools for two years. I met youth from diverse backgrounds, some well-to-do and some absolutely devastating. Through that experience, I was exposed to numerous other cultures and perspectives. At times, it compelled me to check my own biases and privilege, tossing out much of what I thought I knew, making me eager to learn more about people: where they came from and how they lived.
I decided to branch off on another path when I returned to Canada and got into teaching English as a Second Language, mostly to young adults - though I taught folks as young as nine and as old as eighty. I loved listening to my students share their stories and learning about their life journeys.
Counselling then became the next branch on my path. I went back to school, got my Masters in Counselling Psychology from UBC, and had my first child (I now have two!). Learning about those little humans, how they developed, the joy in their wonder, led me to K-12 school counselling. I surprised myself more when I decided to focus mostly on elementary counselling - a world in which I knew very little but was so drawn to. How could children express such complex emotion that is difficult even for adults to describe? For the last few years, I've been learning just that: ways, apart from talking, in which folks express who they are, what is happening in their lives, and what they need.
In addition to counselling privately, I still work as a school counsellor in the Lower Mainland, expanding and learning with every passing day.
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller
In my life, I have also had my own struggles with mental well-being - depression, anxiety, and questioning my identity, my path. It is hard. It is exhausting. It is lonely. It can be hard to move anywhere when we find ourselves stuck.
Whether we are immobilized through fear or uncertainty, or through sadness and loss - whatever the cause - counselling can help. It is a step. It is movement from that stuck place.
The path to healing can be difficult and uncomfortable. We may encounter parts of ourselves we have forgotten or ignored. We might prefer not acknowledging these aspects of our lives because they cause discomfort or pain. However, acknowledging these buried or neglected parts can help us gain insight into what we need.
Counselling provides a safe space in which we see our lives and our struggles, reflected. It generates a new perspective through which we garner more breathing space - that tight grasp that can feel impossibly overwhelming loosens a bit. It is not easy, but it is a step.
Collaboration and Integration
Because every person is different, every person needs something different. For that reason, I use an integrated counselling approach with the fundamental understanding that you are the expert on you. Together, we walk side by side on your journey, incorporating emotional, cognitive, experiential, and expressive therapies to guide us along.
Life Transitions and Changes
Stress and Overwhelm
If you would like to work on something not listed, please feel free to give me a call and we can talk about what you're looking for. Whatever you’re going through, I’m here to help. Contact me to find out more.
Many extended health plans cover some services provided by Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) and/or Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).
Fees include GST and can be paid through cash, cheque, e-transfer, or credit card.
Please note: 48 hours' notice is required for any cancellations. Late cancellation will result in being charged the full fee.