Anna Richards

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MCP, RCC, CCR
VP, Registered Counsellor & Conflict Coach

Anna is a registered counsellor and conflict coach with the Neutral Zone. In her counselling work, Anna aims to help individuals and couples navigate their most important relationships, be they romantic, familial, focusing on effective communication and self-awareness. Her approach is informed by studies on trauma and early attachment and how these manifest in our current experiencing of self and others. With clients, Anna aims to use the therapeutic relationship as a mindful, trusting, and open foundation from which transformational growth can take place. Anna is working towards certification as an AEDP therapist.

One of the major goals of conflict coaching is feeling empowered in the face of situations that might previously have left us feeling overwhelmed, furious, or helpless. As a coach, Anna focuses on helping clients become more effective in a range of counselling settings where emotional competence and collaboration are required. By highlighting existing strengths and practicing new skills, Anna helps people grow confident about their capacity to navigate difficult conversations while still getting their needs met.

Anna received her masters in counselling psychology (MCP) at the Adler School of Psychology in Vancouver and a certificate in Conflict Resolution with a focus on third party mediation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She also works as a coach with the JIBC and is an AEDP Level I therapist.

Anna specializes in:

  • Relationship conflict
  • Workplace conflict and stress
  • Gender identity and sexuality
  • Major life transitions
  • Communication skills
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
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