Albert Seinen, MA, MEd, CCC, Counsellor

Albert Seinen

Hello, my name is Albert Seinen, and I have been counselling at VIU since 2005. I am grateful to be part of the dynamic community here at VIU and especially to be part of the lives of students.  I have a MEd in Counselling Psychology and have been a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association since 2000.

For some of us, opening up to a stranger and confiding painful struggles and experiences is a tremendous risk.  It requires trust in the person you are with and strength and courage to move past the fear of showing hidden parts. This fear often stems from rules we have accumulated from our families, cultures, and experience giving us messages about what is presentable and what is not. Sometimes these rules become rigid rituals that prevent us from being flexible and open to the life that surrounds us. There is emotion in moving past them.  There is courage in reaching out to be the person we really want to be.  Talking about our struggles begins the process of changing them and our relationship to them.  I strive to be fully present with all the resources I possess from my years of counselling and living, in order to help you experience the resources that you possess that have been taking care of you through all that you have lived through.  I invite you to leave the story of what you think about your self to be in the present moment where you experience your self.  This is a difficult to achieve and is accessed by being alive to our senses.  Healing, at its deepest level, occurs when we experience life through our felt sensations.  Most of us benefit from guidance in this.  When we meet together in our shared sense of the present moment, all that is shared is sacred.  The life that protected us can be transformed to the life that we want.  It is here that I would hope to journey with you.

I would like to thank Cowichan Tribes, whose traditional territory I reside in and the Snuneymuxw people for allowing us to work in their territory.  I am inspired by Virginia Satir as well as by Somatic, Mindfulness, Humanistic & Attachment theories. If desired, I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) which can be useful for trauma, anxiety, and intrusive memories.

My passions include music, hiking, friendship, & learning. I have a small farm we call Dandelion farm, where my family keeps chickens, goats, a miniature horse, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Within the cracks of time I build all kinds of things and try to create music and poetry.