January 10, 2016
Achieved Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling designation

June 10, 2015
Relaunched the Interior Counselling Website

May 1, 2015
Moved to my new office located at Suite 116, 246 Martin Street, Penticton BC in Commerce Court, between the Pasta Factory and Tug's Taphouse


Self-Injury - Putting the Pieces Together

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury [NSSI] is one of the most mythologized and misunderstood anxiety disorders affecting both young and old. Statistics gathered in British Columbia by Dr. Mary Kay Nixon of the University of Victoria indicate that 16.9% of adolescents between the ages of 12 to 18 will use self-injury as a coping strategy for an average of a year and a half. Of those, 41% will become addicted to NSSI and will continue on into adulthood. Left untreated, the rates for completed suicides amongst these individuals can be 280 times higher than the average population./p>

"Self-Injury - Putting the Pieces Together" is a workshop that can be adapted for any audience;

  • A general information session to raise awareness of the what, who, why, when, and how of NSSI
  • A clinical based information presentation for medical and mental health practitioners on treating NSSI patients
  • A full-day workshop to assist the friends, family, and loved-ones of those who self-injure to be supportive and understanding. This workshop includes practical information and a mini-workshop on Compassionate Communication. Participants will leave with a better understanding of NSSI, how it effects individuals, how to support those who struggle with it, and knowledge about effective treatment options.

Please note that these workshops are not designed to be part of a treatment plan for individuals who do self-injure. Those who self-injure are encouraged to seek individual therapy with a medical or mental health practitioner familiar and experienced in NSSI treatment.

Please contact Aaron D. McClelland for more information on this workshop or any questions you may have about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury.

S.A.F.E. Focus: Self-Injury Support Group

S.A.F.E. Focus® is a voluntary support group which utilizes guidelines developed by the S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® Program. This support group focuses on identifying, verbalizing, and tolerating feelings, rather than on underlying issues. As participants engage in this work, they may recognize similar, if not identical, behaviors in fellow group members. Such recognition may be uncomfortable, yet it is highly beneficial because awareness is the first step towards recovery. Additional emphasis is placed on group interaction by using verbal communication and developing interpersonal skills. Participants will learn to take in and give constructive feedback. The importance of healthy risk-taking will be stressed in order to provide the participant with an opportunity to develop new coping skills in place of self-injury.

S.A.F.E. Focus® strongly recommends that each group member be simultaneously engaged in individual therapy for the duration of the group sessions. S.A.F.E. Focus® is not a replacement for "one on one" otherapy, it is a support group. Please note that this workshop requires a minimum of 5 participants registered and paid in ful prior to commencement.

Please contact Aaron D. McClelland for more information on this workshop.

From the Heart - The Art of Compassionate Communication

The author/presenter of this 2 hour workshop believes that the majority of conflicts within families and on societal and global levels are a direct result of a break-down in communication. All our lives we have been taught to speak a language of power imbalance, fear, and violence which is contrary to our inborn need to love and care for one another.

"From The Heart" explores who we truly are as human beings and teaches a simple formula to begin communicating in a non-violent way with the goal of seeking to have our needs met and meeting the needs of those we love. As one clinician put it; "To meet our needs without harming ourselves or anyone else." Participants will leave with an understanding of how and why communication breaks down and simple tools to use to speak from the heart and communicate with others compassionatley.

Please contact Aaron D. McClelland for more information on this workshop.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
~ Carl Rogers

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Aaron D McClelland

Master Practitioner Clinical Counsellor

MultiModal Therapist

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Suite 116
246 Martin Street Penticton BC

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Phone: 250.328.4357


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