About David & Cindy

david David 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 adult sons, 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 but not limited to cognitive behavioural, Satir transformational, EMDR, solution-focused, 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.

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



Cindy Darwin joined David, her life partner of more than thirty years, at Perspectives, in 2018. She and David raised their three sons in Kamloops, BC, where they live today. She 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. 

Cindy continues to acquire specialized training that enables her to help clients with a wide range of counselling concerns (see list on "Services" page). She believes that people want and deserve to live meaningful lives and to lessen their own and others’ suffering. She also recognizes that all people carry pain, and that everyone’s pain is maximum to them. Cindy helps clients explore the origins and intensity of their pain, and find ways to heal, so they can live freer and more satisfying lives.

Cindy has special concern for folks who feel like they’ve been diminished by diet culture and shamed by weight stigma, and who are ready to make peace with food and body. She is strongly committed to supporting clients who choose not to diet, and who want to explore how to eat in a self-trusting, orderly way they feel good about. 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 improved health are achievable. Cindy’s unique, evidence-based, non-diet approach to wellness helps clients eat without anxiety, take pleasure in movement, and respect and appreciate their now-bodies. 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, access your internal wisdom to identify and remove blocks, and lean on your strengths to make things better in your life."

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

The Murray Method: Level 1 Certification Training with Marilyn Murray

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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