David Bott


David has completed an MA in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
In addition to a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, David has completed extensive training in individual and group therapy through the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI). Furthermore, he has completed considerable training in couples therapy through the Gottman Institute.

David is committed to the principals of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and completes regular update trainings in these areas. Such trainings include working with clients from diverse racial ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. David believes that it is important to honour other experiences, traditions, and life philosophies, and not to assume that Euro-American psychology holds all of the answers to a meaningful life. Likewise, David believes that neurodivergent experiences should be valued, honoured, and not pathologized, and he trains to better be of assistance to clients with such experiences. David also trains in, and practices LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative therapy.

David’s clinical approach is informed by contemporary thinking and research as well as historical psychotherapy. The Relational Gestalt Therapy of Lynn Jacobs & Gary Yontef, the Person-Centered Therapy of Carl Rogers, the Existential Psychotherapy of Irvin Yalom, and the Analytic Psychoanalysis of Carl Jung are major influences. These traditions all emphasize both the shared humanness of each person, and the individual uniqueness of each client. Close listening, empathy, inclusion, clarification, expansion, and exploration are all valued in this group of therapies. Coupled with these well-established traditions in psychotherapy, David is a regular reader of current clinical research, and works to provide Evidence Based Practice (EBP).
EBP is a model of therapy provision that blends up-to-date research with long-established clinical wisdom in order to provide the best available care to clients. The EBP model emphasizes that a medical model which provides only laboratory-like care is insufficient. Flexibility and wisdom must be paired with research results and best-practices in order to tailor treatment to any particular person.