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About Elana

Elana Angus MSW RSW RCC

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My professional history includes private practice, counselling post-secondary students, adult and geriatric mental health, youth crisis work, supporting adults with disabilities, and crisis counselling.


I have been working in the helping profession for 15 years. I have a Master's of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor's of Social Work from the University of Victoria, I am a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.


I have additional training in:

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Psychedelic-Related Psychotherapy

Emotions-Focused Family Therapy

Somatic trauma treatment

Attachment-based therapies

Narrative Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Indigenous Cultural Competency for Mental Health Care Providers

Elana's Approach

I am privileged to be the steward of this clinic of talented professionals. I offer experiential clinical supervision to interns and practitioners, manage the day-to-day clinic operations, and offer a small therapy practice. If my practice is full, please reach out to one of the other wonderful practitioners who also work with Heartwood. 

My therapy approach draws out the body's natural healing tendencies. Together with my clients I tune into the body's wisdom to allow it to guide them to a state of wellness. I offer reflections, teachings from both traditional and scientific sources, and practices to help along the way. I frequently check in to make sure whatever tool I'm using feels right and is working.


I can provide psychedelic integration therapy for those who find themselves in need of integrating an experience. I cannot provide information on where to obtain or how to use psychedelics and I never recommend using alone. Please make safe and well-informed decisions given the risks and current legal prohibition of psychedelics.


My approach integrates a caring presence with emotions-focused therapies, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, EMDR, somatic (body-based) therapies, mindfulness, radical acceptance and self compassion, transpersonal psychotherapy, and narrative therapy.

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