Clinical Counselling on Vancouver Island

To all of you who feel weary, frightened, overwhelmed, alone: take refuge here. You are not alone. There is hope. Although the waves seem too rough, they can be calmed. Let’s navigate these storms together.

Kathryn Atkinson
Kathryn Atkinson, MA, RCC-ACS (Clinic Director)

We at Island Clinical Counselling want to provide you with a safe space to share your struggles, be truly heard, and understood. Team up with our specialized counsellors and together we will find ways to increase your resilience and climb those mountains that seem insurmountable or traverse those dark storms that seem unending.

Therapy Services

Island Clinical Counselling offers therapy in Nanaimo BC in person, or virtually throughout British Columbia.  We endeavour to provide culturally safe, diversity affirming, evidenced-based, and person-centred services.  Our counselling team works with children, youth, adults, couples, families, and groups. We have activity and play based counsellors on our team.  We offer coaching services for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs).  We have OCD specialized counsellors offering Exposure and Response Prevention (ERPs).  We offer a wide variety of therapies to enhance mental wellbeing and reduce mental illness, including Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR).  Check out our Services and Fees section for more information or our booking page.

Sliding Scale Counselling

We have a clinical intern program at Island Clinical Counselling.  Our interns go through an interview process and must have prior experience in order to join our team.  Our interns offer lower rates for counselling for children, youth, adults, couples, and families.  They are closely supervised by our clinic director and other Registered Clinical Counsellors.  Services are accepted by the majority of benefit plans because our interns are supervised by a Registered Clinical Counsellor.  Book here.

Free Consultation

Please contact any of our counsellors for a free, initial 15 minute consultation or a first appointment using the website’s online booking tool.  It can be challenging to start the therapy process, and a free consultation helps clients find the best fit.  We are looking forward to offering you support during this time.


Nanaimo Counsellors, Port Alberni Counsellors, and Online Counselling: We are pleased to announce that in addition to our main downtown Nanaimo location, Island Clinical Counselling has two more satellite offices! 

  • We are grateful to be housed in Dynamic Chiropractor Clinic with Dr. Jerome Fryer and RMT Cypress Fryer. 
    ‘Helping you achieve your goals | Body — Mind ‘
  • Beginning January 1, 2024, we are opening a satellite office in Port Alberni, collaborating with Jamie Heaviside at Innov8 Physiotherapy!

To book at any of our offices, call us now: 778-762-3750 or send us an email

Fee Changes 2024

We wanted to let you know that ICC will be raising our rates as of January 2024.  We are doing this in order to stay consistent with the recommendations listed on the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors website.  We will still be offering sliding scale counselling for those in need.  See Services and Fees.

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