About Me

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and I have a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco with a Specialization in Jungian Studies. I also hold a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked as a manager at the David Suzuki Foundation where my main project was in Tibet. Our focus was to assist local scientists to develop a conservation area that would protect and balance the habitat needs of local wildlife and the traditional uses of the local people. I also worked on projects in Brazil and here in BC with indigenous conservation partners such as the Kayapo and the Haida.

While I greatly value the conservation work I was able to do with the David Suzuki Foundation, I felt personally called to a career change. Partly this is from having a focus on my own psychological work, and learning first-hand how facing in to my own suffering helped to release me from its constraints. Through this work I felt less divided against myself, and more drawn towards my own psychological growth. I became more aware of how I felt and what held meaning for me. My relationships improved, both with myself and others.

I am drawn to this work because I am drawn to the meaning and growth it can provide.  I feel that nothing is as important, or transformative, than our own path to discover ourselves. While this isn’t always easy, it is only by such efforts that we can finally be freed from old, well-worn ruts of relating and suffering, and discover more of who we truly are. This, I believe, can be absolutely world-changing–on many levels.

I see psychotherapy as a journey. I feel privileged to be invited along on these journeys with my clients, and I do my best to support them wholeheartedly along the way.


Derek Martin on Whiffen Spit in Sooke, near Victoria, BC.