Welcome page and COVID-19 Statement

A closeup photo of Derek Martin Counselling in Victoria BC.

Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, I am currently meeting with many clients remotely using video conferencing or by phone.  I have seen clients remotely for years, and have found that it can be every bit as effective as in person counselling. 

I have also returned to seeing some in-person counselling clients by following some social distancing guidelines.  Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Our lives have ebbs and flows. Having problems, at one time or another, is normal. Even so, coming to counselling requires courage. 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 can be very 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 you have, doing one’s “psychological work” usually leads to significant personal change and growth.

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 counselling for those who are motivated towards deep and lasting change. In all cases, the focus and depth of your therapy depends on your own goals for healing, change, and growth.

I have an office on Vancouver Island in Victoria, and I also provide counselling online over Skype.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me here 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
Canadian Certified Counsellor
301-284 Helmcken Rd, Victoria, BC  V9B 1T2
Phone: (250) 882-0322