When things are overwhelming, confusing and you're unsure what the next step is. 

You're not alone.

I can help.


You are trying everything you know, but nothing is changing.



Constant Reassurance

Frequent Headaches

Feeling Sick

Trouble Sleeping

Impulsive behaviour 

Troubles with transitions

Knee jerk reactions 

School troubles

and other behaviours


It all just feels like too much.  

It is exhausting to feel as though nothing you say is getting through. You just don't know how to help anymore. 

You are overwhelmed and you're ready to quit.

You are trying. You've tried a lot! 


This is not what you envisioned life would look like. By now, you thought that things would be okay, you'd have it together and yet you wonder why things seem out of sync. 


As a parent, you want to be involved. To know whether this situation is normal and you worry that it isn't. Questions, concerns and frustrations are piling up, and you want to know where to go for help.

You want someone who will work with you and help make the therapeutic experience exactly what you and your family need. You're not just looking for a quick fix, you're looking for therapy that will help you become the person you, your child or your teen become the strong, happy, person you know you and they could be.

You don’t need to deal with this alone. The first step is to seek out help and support, when you do make that courageous decision, you’ll start to feel relief and a lessening of the weight that’s been sitting on your shoulders. 

This is where I come in. 

I work with kids and people of all ages as they struggle to make sense of the big emotions of life, and how to become more aware, consistent and regulated

You are always welcome at Samara Counselling and you never will feel judged or shamed here. I'm here to work with you and help you see and find new possibilities and hope. I offer a free 20-minute phone or video consultation call. I look forward to speaking with you!

Meet Rachel
I'm Rachel Lavery and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. I am also the owner and founder of Samara Counselling.

I enjoy working with people with anxiety and kids with big emotions. I am passionate about the brain - how it is behind everything that we do - in particular, about relational neuroscience. It's kind of my thing. 

I help people shift from focusing on behaviours to solving the real problem of what is driving the behaviour or causing the challenge. Changing how we see people, changes people. Together we'll bring clarity, confidence and connection to your relationships with ​your kids, yourself and others.

Learn More About How I Can Help


I offer a free 20-minute consult, which is an opportunity for us to meet - on the phone or via video - to discuss how we can best work together.

Let's Talk. I Can Help.

Below are my specialty areas we can work on together. Click on each to read more.

School Concerns
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Selective Mutism
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • OCD
  • Fidgeting
  • Feeling left out
  • Brain constantly running
  • Unfinished tasks
  • Forgetfulness
  • Emotional Turmoil
  • Loss
  • Divorce
  • Friendship changes
  • Life circumstance - injury & chronic pain
  • Trouble focusing
  • Friends
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Grades

Have Other Things You Want To Talk About?

See Below For Other Stuff I Can Help With.

Stress Management
Life Transitions
Body Image
Identity Development
Chronic Pain


Here's how to find us!

101 - 4090 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, BC V8N 2A1

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