Compassionate psychotherapy and counselling in Victoria, BC on southern Vancouver Island.

Counselling can help with many issues, such as

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Addictions, obsessions, and compulsive behaviour
  • Relationship problems
  • Divorce and break ups
  • Major life transitions and aging
  • Midlife crises
  • Self esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Loss and grief

Our lives have ebbs and flows. Having problems, at one time or another, is normal. Even so, coming to counselling is usually not easy. Our culture encourages us to appear as if we always have everything together, and this subtly gives us the message that having problems is a shameful thing. Unfortunately this is extremely isolating, for it makes it difficult to ask for help and support when we need it the most.

No matter what you are going through, I offer a caring, non-judgmental, and vital space in which to work through difficult and painful issues.  I became a counsellor because I really enjoy helping people to heal, and find new ways to move forward in their lives. No matter what problems one brings to my office, doing one’s “psychological work” most often leads to significant personal growth. I enjoy being a part of this journey.

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I offer counselling to help people get through an immediate crisis, as well as psychotherapy for issues that are more persistent and ongoing. I also specialize in Jungian psychotherapy for those who are motivated towards deep and lasting change. In all cases, the focus and depth of your therapy depends on your individual goals for healing, change, and growth.

I have two locations on Vancouver Island, in Victoria and Sooke, and I also provide counselling online over Skype.  On this website you will find more specific information about how I work, as well as a description of common problems and recommendations for counselling books and videos.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or phone me at 250-882-0322.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Closeup of the counselling office in Victoria, highlighting the psychotherapy books on the table.

Ring the bells that still can ring!
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack, in everything –
that’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Derek Martin, PhD, CCC
1517 Amelia Street, Victoria V8W 2J9
Phone: (250) 882-0322