Kauma Counselling

Welcome

I'm Anna Pippus, a Registered Clinical Counsellor seeing clients virtually across BC and in person from my cozy office in Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant/Fairview area. 


June 2024: I have immediate availability for couples and individuals (aged 16+). 


Life isn’t always easy. We experience repetitive cycles of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that consume and deplete us. We may struggle to align our actions and reactions with our values. At times, we feel disconnected from ourselves and others. Sometimes our troubles are situational: life transitions, interpersonal difficulties, traumatic events, and other challenging situations knock us off kilter. Whatever’s burdening you, I’m here to help you feel less alone and more empowered to navigate life’s inevitable turbulence. Fundamentally, I view counselling as the work of personal growth, accelerating our ability to find and sustain joy, connection, and meaning.

I will meet you with compassion and understanding as together we explore where you’re stuck. I draw on attachment, emotion, and mindfulness modalities in co-creating an approach with each unique client. Our work may involve developing self-awareness, attaining insights, processing wounds, defining goals, identifying strengths, softening into authenticity, and honing skills in the realms of thinking, emoting, behaving, and relating to others. My approach is trauma-informed, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive.

With couples, I use evidence-based counselling techniques to help you learn to understand each other better and communicate more effectively. My approach is non-pathologizing, meaning I’m not looking to assign blame or declare who’s “right.” Instead, cultivating an atmosphere of calm and clarity, I help you get to the root of unhelpful behaviours and dynamics so that they can be transformed for lasting change. 

Who I work with:

Relationships

Gain insight and tools to understand each other better and communicate more effectively.

Adults

Enhance self-understanding and shed unhelpful patterns for inner calm and improved relationships.

Parents

Decode your children, strengthen family bonds, and find your stride as a calm, confident parent.

More about me

I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a master’s in counselling psychology with distinction from Yorkville University. I also hold a juris doctor from the University of Toronto. I’ve completed specialized training in relationship counselling from the Gottman Institute (Level 1) and the Vancouver Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT Externship), and in parenting from the Neufeld Institute (Making Sense of Kids). 

On a personal note, I’m a wife of 15 years and mom to two awesome tweens. I enjoy reading, cooking, eating, music, comedy, spending time with animals, skiing, paddleboarding, dance, yoga, and going for long walks in interesting places. I love being a therapist and I'm looking forward to nurturing, witnessing, and celebrating your growth.