Wayne De Connick is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#12494) and the proprietor of Pacific Health Counselling & Consulting. Wayne holds a M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and an A.A. with a concentration in Psychology from Capilano University.
Wayne has experience within the area of pain management and crisis intervention, and has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of issues. In addition, Wayne has facilitated a number of psycho-educational groups on a variety of topics, such as improving communication, strategies for reducing stress, and anger management. In addition to managing his private practice, Wayne currently provides clinical counselling services for clients at Oak Counselling Services Society (OCSS). from
A designation of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
A notable aspect of Wayne's approach to counselling is his belief in collaborating with clients in order to help them construct meaning from their experiences, gain control of their lives, and develop the capacity to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Wayne espouses the view that counsellors should be sensitive to the multi-cultural mosaic of our communities, and that counselling should be oriented towards growth as well as the remediation of maladaptive behaviour.
In order to facilitate the process of therapy, Wayne employs a variety of evidence-based counselling techniques. However Wayne believes that, regardless of the techniques employed, establishing an authentic relationship is of paramount importance within a counselling setting. Wayne exudes warmth, honours his clients’ innate wisdom, and works hard to establish a safe, accepting and compassionate environment.
Wayne was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has travelled throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, saw the abolition of apartheid and witnessed South Africa’s transition to democracy. Wayne asserts that his experiences in Africa have endowed him with an “appreciation for the complexity and fragility of the human condition.”
When Wayne is not engaged with therapy or his professional endeavours, he likes to read works of fantasy and science fiction. He also enjoys long walks in nature and dabbling with musical compositions.