• What is Equine Guided Therapy?

  • As well as office based therapy Gillian offers Equine Guided Therapy, (EGT) as a valuable alternative to traditional office-based “talk therapy.” In EGT clients interact with a treatment team consisting of a Certified Mental Health professional, a Certified Equine specialist and one or more horses.
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  • What is EMDR?

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - EMDR can effectively decrease and eliminate the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Improvements are often reported in other associated symptoms like anxiety and depression.
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  • What is Trauma?

  • Traumatic events are part of our life cycle.  We can't change our past experience but trauma therapy can help transform the imprint left on our hearts and minds.  These events can be anything from losing a job, a person or pet, a child leaving home, a betrayal, divorce, surgery to bullying, car accidents, assaults, abuse, natural disasters, first responder and combat stress.   We are all affected differently but there are some common experiences like a  loss of trust and confidence and a disconnect from ourselves all the way up to the disabling symptoms of post traumatic stress.   Trauma therapy is more concerned with transforming the effects of these experiences and how they are stored in our nervous systems in the present than it is with the past story. Read More >>

Meet Gillian

GillianAshleyMartz_EGTMeet Gillian Ashley-Martz

Gillian has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 20 years, originally as a medical social worker with a specialty in traumatic brain injury and for the last 14 years in private practice in North  Vancouver.   In addition to her office-based practice Gillian also offers  Equine Guided Therapy as an alternative for clients  seeking a more experiential form of counselling.                Gillian Ashley-Martz Counselling | MSW RSW RCC  |  604-418-0767

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New Client Resources

  • Statement of Understanding

  • All new clients are required to read and sign this document and bring it to the first session as it contains important information about confidentiality.

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