1892 West Broadway 2nd floor

Vancouver, BC 

info@equalcounselling.com

778.724.0522

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About Me

My name is Monique Verhoef. I am a registered therapeutic counsellor, an immigrant, a daughter, a spouse, a sister, a lifetime dog owner, and trainer. My mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of people and their dogs!  

Here is why...

 

Back in 2006, I was having ongoing challenges with my dog's behaviour (her recall sucked, she didn't listen, and she would pee everywhere).  I was becoming frustrated and hopeless as she was 6 months old, and still not house trained.  

I was at the end of my rope!

 

What I didn't realize is that my dog's challenges were a direct reflection of a household member, who was suffering in silence with extreme, long-term depression. I wasn't even aware of the challenges they were having, but my dog sure knew and was trying to tell me. 

Despite the difficulties, I refused to give up hope. And realized that it was not her fault...

I will work with you, to create a harmonious life for you both.  In other words, your dog becomes part of your therapy. I am passionate about people, their culture and dedicated to the well-being of dogs and their owners.

 

Note:  If your dog shows aggression towards people, it is best to consult with James Tsai, dog behaviorist

Credentials

  • Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

  • Dog Obedience Trainer

      English or Dutch

 

 

Additional Training 
 
  • Safe TALK, Suicide Alertness

  • Dog Emotion and Cognition

  • Mild Dog Aggression

  • Pet Loss and Grief

 

 

Group and Co-facilitating

Co Therapist [when available]

Not a dog owner (yet)?  My dog, Chloe, may be available to support counselling sessions. She is a trained and registered member of Therapy Dogs International and is also involved with their volunteer work. Her hobbies are making friends, adventurous walks, lounging, and swimming.

As a member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapist of Canada (ACCT)  I am committed to providing the best possible service to you as my client. ACCT is regulated by the Code of Ethics and Practice Standard.