About

Monica Bhatara is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC).  She has been working in the community-based social services field working with children, youth, adults and families as a therapist and community educator since 1994.

Monica is also in good standing with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). She obtained her Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 2002.  She has extensive post-graduate training in:

  • Trauma
  • Dissociation
  • Abuse
  • Parenting
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Addictions within the Family System
  • Play and Expressive Therapies

Monica became certified as a Focusing-Oriented Trainer and Therapist with The Focusing Institute in New York in 2014. Focusing-Oriented Therapy is a body-centred and client-centred approach to healing, developed at the University of Chicago by Dr. Eugene Gendlin.  Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy with Complex Trauma was developed by Vancouver-based trauma expert Shirley Turcotte. AFOT is a land-based adaptation of Focusing-Oriented Therapy. Grounded in “all my relations” philosophy, AFOT is especially effective for healing complex trauma.  Monica continues to be mentored by Shirley Turcotte.

Monica was an active board member with the British Columbia Play Therapy Association from 2005-2014 and Board President from 2011-2013.  She continues to be a member of BCPTA.  She brings many years of Play and Expressive Therapy experience to her work in counselling children and families.

In addition to her private counselling practice, she has also worked in clinical settings with Family Services of Greater Vancouver and St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services Society.  She continues to provide therapeutic services in the non-profit sector.  Monica, through her years of experience working in the community services field, is networked into a resourced community.  She is also fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.

She is committed to helping her clients create effective, positive and lasting changes.  She is client-centred in her approach.