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#302 – 909 Island Highway
I'm Hazel Trego, and Pacifica (meaning tranquil) is my counselling practice, specializing in therapy for adults affected by trauma. I have been providing counselling services to individuals throughout B.C. since 1992. Prior to 1992 I spent many years teaching children, youth, and adults, from primary grades through college and university as well as in prison. I worked as a School Psychologist in the interior, northern B.C. and the Yukon. Recognizing the effect trauma has on an individual's psychological and physical well-being, I sought extensive training through a B.A in Psychology, a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology with Adler University in Vancouver and Chicago, then extensive post-graduate training in trauma therapy and the use of EMDR and sensorimotor therapy. My family history provided me with a special interest in indigenous culture and the effects of colonization, so I am pleased to welcome indigenous clients into my office. As an approved therapist with First Nations Health Authority, I have completed training in cultural competency. After traveling around the province providing workshops and presentations regarding the effect of trauma on learning, and the importance of understanding attachment development, now I am settled in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island, in an office with a view of Quadra Island and the Fishers' dock, a short walk along the water from the Quadra Island ferry terminal.
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My favourite way to unwind is to walk in the forest or along the beach, with my camera at my side. I’ll share a couple of my images with you.