MACP, RCC, CCC-Q, MN (APRN-MH), RN
Wade R. Alexander is a registered clinical counselor (Reg#15616) and a registered nurse (Reg#848835). Wade also holds a Canadian Certified Counsellor–Qualifying (CCC–Q) designation with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCC-Q, registration number 10003365).
Wade has worked as a registered nurse (#848835) for over 20 years, spending the majority of his time with clients who have mental-health and addiction-based issues. His clientele has included those with dual diagnoses, including major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring substance abuse; trauma; and those who have been incarcerated and face multiple barriers during their community reintegration. Wade has co-facilitated workshops on various topics, including burnout, vicarious trauma, grief, and loss; and in cybercounselling sessions he has delivered culturally relevant counselling support to individuals in remote locations in British Columbia.
Wade received a diploma in nursing from Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, where he began his work in the field of addictions and psychiatric and neurological nursing. Because of his passion for mental-health nursing, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of British Columba; later studies in mental health led him to the University of Alberta, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Advanced Nursing Practice and a specialization in mental health and addictions, including the development of a residential treatment program for women who had dual diagnoses of depression and substance abuse.
Wade is also a registered clinical counsellor (#15616) who has continued his lifelong educational journey into the field of counselling psychology and has completed his second master’s degree: a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. He is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and is also working towards the professional designation of Certified Clinical Counsellor with the CCPA. He continues to expand his practice interests to include youth, couples, and families, with an emphasis on improving the lives of individuals, couples, and families of all ages to enable them to live their lives more fully and enjoy their moments of growth and development over the spectrum of their lifetime. Although at various times in our lives we all face challenges that are inherent obstacles, Wade’s person-centred approach to the therapeutic relationship is based upon mutual trust, respect, and integrity, values that he considers important in developing a safe and holistic approach to life’s challenges.
Originally from northern Manitoba, Wade is of European decent with a Scottish maternal ancestry and was gifted at adoption to a family with Scottish paternal and Ukrainian/Romanian maternal ancestries. Wade lives with his life-partner, Gary, and their two high spirited canine companions. Wade and Gary have a blended family that includes three adult children, and four grandchildren who live in British Columbia and Alberta.
Wade is known as a fair-minded, direct, and generous person who truly enjoys trying to make a difference in the world. He strives to be more active and enjoys the outdoors and camping, fishing, and hiking in the local area, as well as world travels that include spending time with local community members to learn more about their culture, their food, and their way of life. He looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan to support the next steps in your journey.
Wade considers himself an eclectic counselling professional. He is a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist and a member of the Focusing Institute in New York, NY. Wade was trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and clinically supervised in the practice of Indigenous/Aboriginal focusing-oriented therapy (I/AFOT) and trauma-informed practice. Wade has been trained in Level 1 and 2 of the Gottman Couple Method, Level 1 and Level 2 of Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Cognitive Behavioural and Dialectical Behavioural Therapies.
His work with families includes narrative, solution-focused and brief strategic family therapies as well as the tenets, concepts, and therapeutic processes of major theories of family functioning, including the Bowenian transgenerational model. He continues to understand how the roles of culture, religion, and spirituality intersect within various modalities of counselling support and encourages his clients to share their world views within the therapeutic alliance to support their counselling needs.
Measurement of Change
Wade is committed to a feedback-informed treatment approach that is evidence-based and includes two brief self-report scales that offer real-time feedback on the experience of those in counselling and their progress during each session. This information is helpful to ensure that Wade is working well within the therapeutic alliance that he develops with his clients, to identify any discrepancies from previous sessions, and to address clients’ needs at that time. This feedback has also been instrumental in helping him to adjust his treatment approach and determine how his clients perceive his actions as their counsellor.
Clinical supervision is interaction with another senior colleague — a mentor, or someone who provides a counsellor with the support and trusting relationship that clients develop with their own counsellor.
Clinical supervision is an important part of Wade’s ongoing commitment to his lifelong learning and development plan. Being a counsellor requires dedication to ongoing professional-development opportunities, but Wade is also aware that reaching out to a trusted colleague and mentor is necessary to understand his own reactions, acquire new learning, and manage indecision or doubt. Because Wade is a reflective practitioner, clinical supervision gives him opportunities to discuss his personal needs that arise during sessions and develop a plan to maintain his inquisitiveness and support for his clients.