Our goal is to support you in being your “best self”.

OUR Approach

At Carrie DeJong & Associates, our goal is to provide you with an environment that offers the tools, support, and hope you need to move forward in your life. Our approach is informed by somatic therapies and similar approaches that help us understand our mind-body connection.

Our core beliefs

  1. We have an intrinsic capacity for growth and change.

  2. The healing process is enhanced when we are able to bring greater regulation to our autonomic nervous system.

  3. Understanding ourselves helps us make sense of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

  4. When we have the support needed, we can move through difficult life experiences and change unhelpful patterns.


GoodTherapy offers a great description of somatic psychotherapies you can read here.

meet our therapists

Carrie DeJong, MC, RCC

Fee: $150 per session

Monika Ulrich

Fee: $130 per session
(Office location in East Vancouver)

Tara Hall

Fee: $130 per session

Shivani Wells

Fee: $140 per session

Carrie DeJong MC, RCC

Carrie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling (MC) and has over 20 years experience working in trauma treatment programs, residential addiction treatment, and private practice.

Carrie focuses on bringing greater awareness to the impacts that anxiety, chronic stress, and trauma have on emotions and overall functioning, especially the use of mood-altering substances and behaviours to cope. She offers non-judgmental help for addressing unhealthy behaviours.

Her therapeutic approach is rooted in an understanding of how the human nervous system is wired. She is an avid learner of neurobiology, body-centred approaches to therapy, Polyvagal theory, and attachment theory. Her goal is to provide an environment offering tools, support, and hope for clients to move forward in their lives.

Monika Ulrich MA, RCC

Monika is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC (#4006). She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology as well as a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselling. She has worked for over 15 years in a variety of counselling settings.

Monika’s goal is to support clients to connect with their bodies, using techniques such as breathing, noticing sensations, and recognizing how sensations are linked to their feelings and their interactions with the world around them. She believes noticing these links often provides insight and is a powerful resource to work through life events. The areas Monika has experience supporting people include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, and the use of alcohol and substances.

Some of the therapeutic practices she is influenced by are: solution focused therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, emotion focused, self regulation therapy, and mindfulness. She strives to understand each individual and their unique process – she uses that to support her clients in meaningful change.

Tara Hall MA, RCC

Tara is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology as well as a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselling. Tara has worked for over 10 years in a variety of counselling settings.

Tara has training in treating trauma, behavioural and substance addictions, depression and anxiety, relationship restoration and intimacy. Tara’s approach to therapy is practical, helping you to achieve your goals. She is engaging and very supportive creating a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space.

Some of the therapeutic practices she is influenced by are: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, self-regulation therapy and mindfulness based interventions.

Shivani Wells MA, RCC

Shivani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC. She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and was in private practice as a trauma-informed yoga therapist for 11 years prior to becoming a counsellor. 

Shivani helps her clients understand the impacts of trauma and chronic stress on their nervous systems, emotions, behaviours, and beliefs, and helps them discover that their own bodies are a resource for insight, healing, and resilience. Her compassionate and non-judgmental approach is informed by neurophysiology, mindfulness, and attachment theory, and is rooted in the belief that her client’s have the innate capacity to move toward healing and growth.

Shivani specializes in treating trauma and toxic stress that often underlies current symptoms, including anxiety, addiction, depression, and interpersonal issues. She uses empirically-supported brain and body-based approaches, including Somatic Experiencing®, EMDR, Brainspotting, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Shivani has conducted research in brain injury and post-concussion syndrome with UBC Psychiatry and the Vancouver General Hospital, and she teaches trauma-informed yoga and meditation at YYoga.

If you are interested in counselling, we can help you
rediscover the best parts of who you truly are.

We offer a free 15-minute
phone consultation.