The purpose of our lives is to be happy.


—  Dalai Lama

Therapeutic Mediums & Approaches


  • Art and Play Expressive Therapies include: Role Play/Drama, Dress-up, Movement, Storytelling, Doll House, Musical Instruments, Puppets, Sandtrays and a playroom full of engaging toys.


  • Attachment-Based Therapies such as Early Bonding/Attachment, Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships, Theraplay, Filial Therapy, and Attachment Styles for Couples.


  • Client - Centered

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Practices

  • Somatic-Based Practices

  • Positive Psychology

  • Solution Focused








"Carmen's support and services helped my daughter and I immensely. She provided us with many helpful solutions to help deal with my daughters emotions. And also gave us many helpful tips to help with co-parenting. Carmen made my daughter feel comfortable and safe. Even though we no longer require Carmen's services, my daughter still asks if we can go visit. We are so grateful Carmen was able to help support us through a difficult time. 


Thank you so much Carmen for all your help. I hope to run into you around town. You're such a lovely person and I am so grateful we got a chance to know you." 


—  M.W.


Carmen Carter

Registered Clinical Counsellor

I was born and raised in beautiful Nelson and I love the Kootenay lifestyle!


It is an honor to clinically support so many children, teens and adults in our community for so many years!


I have successfully used many therapeutic approaches with children, individuals, couples and families that have met their individual needs and goals. 


I have a B.A. Major in Psychology (1993) and hold a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria (1998). Completions of a 2.5 year Diploma in Prenatal, Birth, Attachment Professional Training (with Myrna Martin 2014) as well as Diplomas in Art and Play Therapy. I am a Registered as a Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and I have been a Regional Deligate Representative for BCACC since (2003).


With over twenty years experience working in Nelson with Infants, Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples, and Families I am ready to serve you. My history includes Nursing (Pediatrics 3 years), Youth and Family Worker, Special Educational Assistant and I have been in Private Practice since 1998. From a preventative approach, my focus has been to work with mother's/infants, young children and families in the areas of Attachment, Early Trauma, Family Separation and Co-parenting. For many years I have worked successfully with individuals going through various mental health and difficult life issues using several theoretical models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Client Centered, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Somatic Based Practices.  


I consider myself to be a life learner and have taken several postgraduate courses, attended several conferences, workshops, and lectures that support my clinical work for all developmental stages that facilitate psychological health and wellness.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBST), Devon Cristie MD, CCFP, GPPA

  • Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach Lisa Dion, LPC, RPST

  • Introduction to Hakomi Therapy, Magi Cooper, Registered Hakomi Therapist

  • Focus Orientated Workshop and Complex Trauma First Nations, Alexis Phillips, R.C.C.

  • Somatic Trauma Resolution Level 1: Sharon Porter BCST, SEP, RPP (from the work of Peter A. Levine PhD)

  • Discussions and Articles on Sexuality with Dr. David Hersh

  • Couples Workshop with Kathleen and Gay Hendricks, PhD.

  • Advanced Play Therapy Levels II and III with the Canadian Association for Child Play Therapy among many others.

  • Several Art Therapy and Expressive Therapies with the Kutenai Art Therapy Centre

  • Webinars on The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and has attended conferences with Dr. Bruce Perry.

  • Attachment Disorders and Play Therapy with Helen Benedict, PhD.

  • Play Therapy and Early Trauma with Marie - Jose Dhease, RPT -S, PhD


Volunteering is important to me and I have had experience in Nelson at Nelson Community Services Centre as a Crises Line Worker, Family Place "Babies Best Start Programs", "Support for Parents and Young Children" and for the Nelson Child Advisory Counsel. I have also volunteered in Nicaragua and supported young children in Schools, Libraries, and Orphanages and have organized a conference on Attachment for young mothers and fathers.   


"Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives."

—  Dalai Lama


Individual Counselling $100.00 for 50 min.

Couples or Families $125.00 for 50 min.

Supervision/Consultation $100.00 for 50 min.

Reports $150.00 for 50 min.


Payments are accepted by cash, personal cheque, or email transfer at each session.


Fees for Registered Clinical Counselling are covered by some extended Medical Health Plans (i.e. IHA) and/or by your Employment Family Assistance Program (EFAP).


Please check with your employer to see what coverage you have available to you. I am covered by several Employment Family Assistance Programs.


Other Programs that cover my counselling fees are:


  • Autism Funding Program of B.C. (MCFD)

  • Crime Victim Assistance Program of B.C. (CVAP)

  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

  • Insurance Corporation of B.C. (I.C.B.C.)

  • SelfDesign Learning Foundation of B.C.

Contact Me

I look forward to meeting you! Please contact me to book a free 15 -minute telephone consultation. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Office Address:

Suite A & Suite A1
301 Baker Street,
Nelson, B.C. V1L 4H6   

Tel: 250 354 4485  
Cell: 250 354 3663

Copyright 2018 Carmen Carter