On Being a Counsellor

Swetha is a person-centered counsellor who believes in the ability of her clients to maneuver difficult situations with appropriate support. She approaches counselling from the basis of her knowledge gained through other professional roles as a teacher and artist. Swetha sees herself as a guide who can use interventions, conversations, and art-making to reveal realizations and transformations.

Swetha approaches the counselling space with an emphasis on being her authentic self so that a strong and honest connection can be built in a safe and inclusive manner. She brings her experience as a high school teacher, art therapist, artist, dancer, conflict resolution practitioner, and a life-long learner into her therapeutic work. She strongly believes in a multi-faceted approach to mental health and in the value of having a strong therapist-client connection.

Swetha is absolutely in awe of the possibilities within counselling, and believes in the need for more care and healing in our world.

Counselling Background

Swetha Ranasuriya is trained as an Artist (B.F.A) and a teacher (B.Ed). She holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management and is trained as a Professional Art Therapist (DVATI).

Swetha gained her initial experience into therapy and counselling within the school system as a high school art teacher. It was her ability to build strong relationships with students that led her to pursue becoming an art therapist and clinical counsellor. She currently works in Surrey Schools with teens who struggle with depression and anxiety. In addition, she has a diverse background working with teens struggling with addiction, trauma, abuse, and grief. Swetha particularly enjoys working with this age group as they were her introduction into therapeutic work.

Swetha also has experience with grief work through Surrey Hospice, where she was a counselling intern. There she was able to work with all age groups. She finds being the therapist in grief work and being able to add grief counselling to her experience a privilege.

In her personal time, she enjoys leading professional learning groups for teachers on mental health, and working for non-profit organizations that encourage mental health and wellness.

More About Swetha

Counselling Training

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Education – Secondary Art Education (BEd), University of British Columbia
  • Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management – Ethno-political Conflict, (MA), Royal Roads University
  • Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy (DVATI), Vancouver Art Therapy Institute
  • Grief and Loss Counselling
  • Trained in delivering the “Mental Health and High School”curriculum

Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, B.C. Association of Clinical Counselors
  • Professional Art Therapist, Canadian Art Therapy Association
  • BC Teacher, British Columbia Teacher’s Federation

Swetha as a Person

Swetha was raised in a family that emphasizes the strength found through diversity and compassion. She had an early introduction to dance, and is classically trained as a Bharata Natyam dancer (Indian Classical Dance). Through dance she has a keen interest for story-telling, mythology, history, Ayurveda, and philosophy.

Swetha enjoys traveling, especially with her family. She believes in the power of experiencing different places and cultures. She is also an avid reader who insists on the benefits of reading books that you can hold and weigh down your luggage with when traveling.

When at home, Swetha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her two young daughters. She particularly likes working on DIY projects and building her art practice in her studio – this she considers to be her chosen method for self-care.

If you are ready to work with one of our therapists,  Contact us in our Langley counselling office. We can then discuss how we can best help you.

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