About David & Cindy

davidDavid Darwin is a marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy. He lives and maintains a full-time private practice in Kamloops, British Columbia. He is married to Cindy, and the father of three boys, with whom he shares a love of skiing, surfing, hiking, and camping.

With over twenty-five years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of McGill University, he is currently serving as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in private practice, working with clients in both English and French. David is trained in specific counselling theories and methods, including cognitive behavioural, Satir transformational, EMDR, solution-focused, neuro-psychological, Gottman, and emotionally focused therapy. As a result, he is able to effectively tailor his approach to best meet clients' needs.

David is an experienced relationship therapist, who is highly regarded for his work with couples. He also helps individuals and families. (For further information, see the "Services" page on this site.) In addition, he has presented at regional conferences and to general audiences, speaking on such topics as managing anxiety and depression; sleep enhancement; stress management; assertiveness training; conflict management; relationship building; boundaries; and other mental health concerns. As his time permits, David supervises practicum students and offers guidance to his associates.

David is a flexible, collaborative therapist whose goal is to help clients effectively address personal life challenges by providing support and practical feedback. He is well known for his ability to connect with people in a genuine manner. With compassion and understanding, David helps clients build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education
Bishop's University: B.A.
McGill University: M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Professional Certifications and Memberships
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Member of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Additional Professional Development Highlights
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), ongoing training

Gottman Educator Training

Satir Training, Levels 1 & 2, and Training for Trainers

 

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Cindy Darwin joined David, her life partner of thirty years, at Perspectives, in 2018. She and David raised their three sons in Kamloops, BC, where they live today. Cindy deeply values being part of a family team that shares a love of the outdoors, travel, music, and meaningful living.

Cindy began her professional career in 1994, as a certified BC teacher. She brings her unique life experience and varied professional aptitudes and skills to her collaborative work with clients. She is deeply honoured by the opportunity to discover with each client what they need to live life in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling to them.

Cindy supports clients with a wide range of counselling concerns. (For further information, see the "Services" page of this site.) And, as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) who has extensive training in helping clients with eating concerns, Cindy knows that intentional weight loss or gain, for more than 95% of people who attempt it, is sustainable only for those who are willing to focus most of their life-energy on rigidly controlling what they eat and how much they exercise —for the rest of their lives. She is strongly committed to supporting clients who choose not to diet , but don't know how to eat in an orderly way they feel good about. These are clients who want to make peace with food and their bodies, and who are ready to focus on a non-diet approach to wellness, rather than weight. Cindy has trained with Lindo Bacon, Lucy Aphramor, and Ellyn Satter, and developed a unique approach to eating management: it blends the ideas of Health at Every Size® (HAES®) and Intuitive Eating with the practical and experiential steps of Satter's "How to Eat" program, while also allowing clients to recover from psychological trauma related to internalized weight stigma. In today's world, eating is fraught and healthism has become a new, culturally sanctioned religion. Still, it is possible to discover that a meaningful life can be about so much more than what you eat or don't eat, and that weight stabilization and good health are achievable. Cindy seeks to ground clients in the research-backed knowledge that they can eat without anxiety, take pleasure in movement, and respect and appreciate the bodies they have right now. Worthiness is not size-dependent.

Cindy prioritizes ongoing professional accountability and development. She meets regularly with colleagues for supervision, attends several trainings each year, and integrates updated research findings and best practices in her work with clients. She invites clients to "come and sit down in a quiet and protected place, explore your concerns without distraction or judgment, and feel more connected to yourself and others. Together as a team, we can look at what is causing you pain, lean on your internal wisdom to identify and remove blocks, and work toward making things better in your life."

Education
Bishop's University: B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed.
Thompson Rivers University: M.Ed. (Counselling)

Professional Certifications and Memberships
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified BC Teacher (Professional Designation)
Member of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Additional Professional Development Highlights
Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Course: Training with Elaine Aron, PhD

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Certification Training with Lane Pederson, PsyD

VISION Treating the Dieting Casualty: Certification Training, Ellyn Satter Institute

Passing the Message On: HAES® Facilitator Training with Lindo Bacon, PhD, and Lucy Aphramor, PhD

Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy: Level 1 Training, Satir Institute of the Pacific

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