Gillian Sutherland

EMDR Certified Therapist

Central Island Counselling

It is with gratitude that Gillian offers a safe place for those seeking counselling to be heard. It is her aspiration to help those who are suffering to reignite hope and increase the joy and meaning in their lives. Gillian is known for connecting with her clients in a creative way and understands the importance of a genuine relationship. She offers counselling in a setting that best supports you to achieve your goals, and promotes your safety and comfort. This may include meeting in an office, over secure video, or in the community.

Gillian earned her Master?s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Counselling from Florida Atlantic University in 2004. Gillian is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) as well as a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW). She has been passionately working in the counselling field for the past 19 years in various diverse settings including residential mental health and substance use treatment for youth and adults, school-based counselling, outreach counselling, outpatient counselling and counselling in the acute care setting. She has worked for two of the top rated substance use treatment centres in North America. She has also worked provincially for Child, Youth Mental Health (CYMH) as a Clinician and for Island Health providing outpatient youth and family substance use counselling and social work services in the acute care settings.

Gillian uses a client-centered, culturally competent and holistic perspective to understand every individual clients? relationship with their identified goals for counselling. Together, Gillian and her clients, develop a plan of care using only evidence-based, best practice approaches including: EMDR (EMDR Canada & EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist), Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Solution- Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction strategies.

Gillian is an EMDR Canada & EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist with advanced training and expertise in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using EMDR which stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She has been using EMDR since 2011 to treat members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Residential School Survivors, First Responders, as well as adults and children with developmental and complex trauma. Gillian engages in ongoing education and monthly clinical consultation to further develop and maintain her skills to treat those suffering with trauma.

6010 Brickyard Road 102A, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9V 1S5

Phone: (250) 7148940

Population Served:

Both Adults and Children & Adolescents


How EMDR is Offered:

Both online and in-person

Areas of Expertise:

Attachment Focussed
Birth Trauma
Critical Illness
EMDR Intensives
Eating Disorders
Grief & Bereavement
Medical Trauma
Panic Attacks
Physical Abuse
Road Traffic Accidents
Sexual Abuse
Social Anxiety