Registered Clinical Counsellor
Bill was drawn to the counselling field after personal struggles with substance-use issues. After personally experiencing counselling and how it profoundly impacted many realms of his life, he wanted to “be on the other side of the desk” to give others what he had found so valuable: someone to listen. Bill’s practice resonates with the works of Carl R. Rogers, he is passionate about people, offering a supportive ear and helping hand.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
― Carl R. Rogers
Bill employs a person-centered focus and offers warmth, genuineness, and a non-judgemental attitude towards all people he speaks with. He celebrates the innate worth of each human he has the pleasure of working with, providing safety, trust, and encouraging people to be exactly who they are. Bill enjoys helping people find a place where they can truly feel better about themselves and where they are in their lives. He works with someone to discover their own strengths and to use these strengths to uncover and address the uncomfortable barriers in their life. Bill’s practice is about accompanying someone on their journey to deeply accept who they are and shift to a place of understanding, growth, and light.
Bill uses a number of different techniques, from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). He borrows from many different theories and offers a variety of exercises relative to what each person might find helpful. Above all, Bill believes in empowerment, centering on the individual being the “expert” of their own life, knowing what might work and what is getting in the way of them feeling in true harmony with who they are and their life.
Bill has been professionally involved in the field of counselling and support since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) degree from Adler University. Bill has also been trained in and practices Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma-processing technique.
Bill Arbuckle is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). To be an RCC you have to register and qualify to practice with BCACC. You can read about what being an RCC means you can go to BC Counsellors