Cameron Watson, MC, RCC received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and earned a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and is bound by their rules for ethical practice. He is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) which is the parent organization for the counselling approach he uses.
He worked as an intern counsellor for Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services and is now currently employed by this agency as a clinical counsellor within their Affordable Counselling Program. Cameron has experience working with clients from all age groups and backgrounds, and welcomes individuals of all cultures, religions, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations. He sees individuals, couples, families and has led group therapy sessions.
" Depression. Anxiety. Grief and loss. Relationship conflict. Indecision. Stress. Addiction and impulsive behaviour. Overwork. Loss of direction or motivation. Low self-esteem or confidence. Struggles in all these areas can interfere with living the life you were meant to have. Counselling can help you find your way through these challenges. I use an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT. ACT is a powerful mindfulness-based model for handling difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, overcoming obstacles, reducing stress, enhancing performance, living fully in the present moment, and creating a rich, full and meaningful life. Based in the cognitive-behavioural tradition, ACT is an evolving, expansive, and empirically-based therapy model that emphasizes a deeply respectful, collaborative, and non-pathologising approach to working with people and communities. Working from the assumption that people are not defined by what they are struggling with, I reject labels, categorizations, and attempts to pathologize differences in human experience, and see my role as gently assisting people to discover ways of letting go of the struggle with pain, be more mindful, identify what really matters to them, and to commit to a life worth living. The goal of therapy should not be to eliminate certain aspects of one's experience of life, difficult as they may be at times, but rather to learn how to experience a rich, full, and meaningful life, without as much struggle, and with vitality and commitment, guided by our deepest values. My approach is fundamentally client-centred, respectful, and compassionate with a focus on discovering together the strengths and resources already possessed by everyone. I look forward to meeting you".
Cameron is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at Simon Fraser University. His interests include philosophy of education; social justice in counselling psychology; class and alienation theory; and self and consciousness.