Carla Leuschen, MPA, MSW, RSW
Over the past 12 years I have worked with people in many areas of mental health. It was about four years ago that I began to directly focus my energy on mental health & personal development counselling. Although my original career goal was to improve mental health treatment & policy through research, I quickly realized that I needed to do more than study people who suffered from mental illness. My heart repeatedly told me that I needed to connect with people in a more relational, supportive way - and that through this type of connection I would make a positive difference in both the lives of others and my self. As a result I became immersed in intensive training in anti-oppressive social work and counselling practices. From there it all began to make sense…
I began to see that disconnection from our selves, others, & nature is the root of many states of suffering. This idea that “dis-connection” leads to “dis-ease” is now a foundational piece of my personal & professional philosophy. I work with clients to push the boundaries of “normal” & empower them to re-connect with their inner strength and resiliency so that they can begin to live the fulfilled life that they deserve.
As a Registered Social Worker (#14081) with the BC College of Social Workers, I am also committed to professional development and ethical practice. My academic background includes a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in Social Work. I am also currently a student in the Compassionate Inquiry Professional Online Training with Dr. Gabor Maté with a projected certification date in 2020. For more details of my qualifications please visit my LinkedIn profile.