Ruby Willems


Ruby Willems
Call Me Call 778-321-6653

Ruby Willems


Professions: Life Coach, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a registered professional.
Primary Credential: Registered Clinical Counsellor
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $100 (GST included) 55minute session individual or internet based session
$125 (GST included) 55 minute session career coaching, including one psychometric test (MBTI, strong interest inventory)
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


848 West 16th Street
Unit 8
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7P1R3

My Approach to Helping

I offer a warm, supportive, comfortable environment where you can feel free to open up and discover your own hidden strengths. I believe that each individual has their own wisdom, and my job is to walk alongside, ask questions, listen and support you to find and build your resilience. Whether you are having trouble getting out of bed each day, can't seem to get along with the people in your life, or are going through trauma and change, I can help. With over two decades of working with individuals of all ages, I can offer you the tools and techniques to help you overcome and thrive in your life.

I also have the professional psychometric tools to help youth uncover their strengths and skills to help them make informed choices about their world after post-secondary. Having worked within the secondary school system for over two decades, I have helped to guide many, many students to scholarships and placements in the schools of their choice.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have had extensive experience in using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Over the course of my 25 year career, I have seen a dramatic increase in the levels of stress, anxiety and depression among youth. In general, this generation of adolescents are dealing with clinical levels of anxiety. In fact, clinically diagnosed anxiety is the leading mental health diagnosis in children, youth and adults across Canada.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

I usually need to know that you are committed to making a change in your life. Wanting to change is the first step towards help and wholeness. When we begin the therapy process, I find it helpful to know about your family, as I believe we all develop our core beliefs within the family system.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Are you trying to decide whether to spend "good money" on talking to a Counsellor? I have been in that position myself, wondering what therapy might offer. After having seen my own therapist, and going through two years of training to become a therapist, I can now see the benefit. Therapy can offer an honest, objective look at your struggles, and provide individualized insight and support. Reading self-help books is great, but having a trusted, confidential relationship with someone who can help you look at the trouble spots in your life is invaluable. I can provide you with techniques and support to help you find a better life.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with youth, who are coming into adolescence and struggling with anxiety, depression, gender identity issues, family issues, social difficulties. I also have extensive experience in guiding youth to developing their self-awareness through psychometric personality and career testing, so that they can map out a post-secondary career path.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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