Manmeet Chhina
MEd, Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her

Manmeet Chhina

I have devoted my counselling journey to work in a variety of professional backgrounds, including non-profit organizations, a women’s sexual health clinic, crisis lines, and a Child and Youth Mental Health clinic. Additionally, Ihave served as a mediator and a mentor for high-risk youth at the Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association. These experiences have equipped me to offer valuable support to clients confronting a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, navigating the unique complexities of growing up with immigrant parents who have a different cultural mindset, life transitions, and more.

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Words to live by

“Pay attention to your insecurities. They are not there to taunt you, but to show you where to heal.”

– Dr. Gabor Mate

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A little bit more about me

Education?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons.) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC)

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What led you to counselling?

I’ve consistently harbored an interest in carving out a role for myself in a helping profession. Initially, I believed my calling lay in Medicine. However, it was an elective course in Psychology that set me on a path toward counselling. To complement my academic pursuits, I actively sought experience on a local crisis line, an endeavor that solidified my passion for counselling psychology as a profession.

What/who inspires you?

The resilience and determination of individuals facing the unthinkable inspires me to approach my own life challenges with increased courage and determination.

What do people say your biggest strength is?

My capacity to maintain hope, to embrace flexible thinking, and to employ empathy to build a connection with my clients.

Favorite things to do?

I have a passion for reading, particularly in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. Additionally, I enjoy travelling and playing sledge hockey.

Favorite book and why?

The last lecture – this is a book about overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment in the face of the dire circumstances. Despite its somber theme, it instills hope and optimism.

What would you tell a client who is meeting you for the first time?

I strongly value collaboration, so my priority is for us to function as a team as we delve into the lived experiences that you feel at ease sharing in our therapeutic space. While I will encourage you to consider alternative perspectives, I recognize that therapy is not always a comfortable endeavour, as it entails exploring potentially painful aspects of oneself. In those moments, I am committed to standing by your side, ensuring a safe environment for your exploration.

Other languages spoken?

Punjabi