About Leilah

Leilah Stella
Leilah StellaCounsellor, BSW, MCAP, RCC

The complexity of this work sparked a desire to assist my clients in developing a deeper level of personal insight. It is my belief that a greater understanding of self can promote long lasting, positive change.

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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#12055) with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology.

I have been working with children, youth, adults, couples and families for twenty years. My journey in the helping profession began with receiving my Bachelor of Social Work and practicing as a Social Worker in various positions. This work was comprehensive and included a multitude of human experiences such as mental health, addictions, separation/divorce, blended families, parenting, grief/loss, trauma, violence, abuse, family/criminal court systems and the continued impact that colonization has on Aboriginal people in Canada. The complexity of this work sparked a desire to assist my clients in developing a deeper level of personal insight. It is my belief that a greater understanding of self can promote long lasting, positive change.

In 2012 I began focusing more directly on the counselling aspect of my career by delving into private practice and working on my master’s degree. After I completed my degree, I began working as a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician. This work lead me on a journey into the areas of mental health, art/play therapy and group development/facilitation. Throughout my employment as a Clinician, I continued with my private practice work, as this is the role I feel most passionate about. I am very pleased to now be offering counselling services on a full-time basis.

I am a generalist practitioner and I employ a strengths based, holistic approach. I am trained and have experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, art and play therapy, resilience, attachment, trauma, mindfulness, and incorporating western therapeutic practices with Aboriginal culture. I have a particular passion for working with clients who are experiencing varying degrees and types of anxiety. This passion has lead me into training, research, one to one work and the development/facilitation of both therapeutic and educational groups. It is my desire to support children, youth, adults and parents in their journey to cope with and successfully manage this incredibly common experience. I feel a great sense of honor when I am given the opportunity to listen, validate, empower and assist.

  • Roots: Kamloops, BC
  • Training: Social work, psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, art and play therapy, resilience, attachment, trauma, mindfulness, addictions, and incorporating western therapeutic practices with Aboriginal culture
  • Recommended book(s): The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • What she’s doing when not working: Spending time with family, friends and fur babies.
  • Ways to care for self: Yoga, reading, massages and laughter.
  • Something she loves: Sunshine and a cool breeze.
  • Inspired by: Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate.
  • Favourite food: Chocolate
  • Favourite quote: “Fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.” – Alvin Price