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As a busy family doctor in Vancouver, I regularly see patients who are struggling with emotional challenges in life including family and relationship issues, depression and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, to name a few. I refer those patients to Glenda Wallace for counselling because she is an extremely intelligent, insightful, empathetic woman and counsellor with a gift for providing effective guidance that produces results.

Without exception, all the patients I have referred to her have been greatly helped by Glenda and have been extremely appreciative of her counselling. If you are looking for a counsellor in Vancouver with energy, enthusiasm and dedication and with a true talent for helping people successfully negotiate life’s challenges, I highly recommend Glenda. Those lucky enough to get an opportunity to work with her are fortunate indeed!

—  Dr. Jennifer Worsley

Working with Glenda has helped me immensely. Glenda attentively listened to my concerns and helped me to identify the thinking patterns that were feeding my anxious feelings. She helped me to learn that I can choose how much power I want to give to my perceptions, and how much I will let those perceptions guide my behaviours.

Now when I think to myself, “I just can’t do it. I’m going to fail,” I remember what I have learned through my counselling with Glenda and decide not to let that thought guide my actions… Glenda helped me to own the anxiety I experience, instead of letting it own me.

—  M.P.

I can say unequivocally that had Leslie Silverwood not been my daughters counsellor at Elsie Roy Elementary, we would not have gotten through the struggle winding up to my daughters ADHD diagnosis. She was there for my daughter to just come and have a safe space in her office and to talk to. She was there for me when I was frustrated and scared and didn’t know what to do. I look back on possibly the hardest three years of my daughter’s life with Leslie being a beacon of light for the two of us.

Dawn A.

When my family doctor first recommended Glenda to me, I had been going through a very rough time in my life and he suggested that I talk to someone. Although he had a number of counsellors he could recommend, he felt that Glenda would be the best fit for me. He said: “You’ll like Glenda – you won’t feel like you are talking to a counsellor.”And he was right.

From the very beginning, it has been a truly positive experience to work with her. She has an accessible style that immediately puts you at ease, and she is able to create an environment that feels free of judgment. I am immensely thankful that I was introduced to her. Glenda, with her expertise and professional insight, along with her sympathetic ear, has been an invaluable navigator for me.

—  A.S.

I have been practicing personal injury law for over 19 years. I have seen how trauma and chronic pain can bring on many emotional complications affecting the health of my clients. I have had the pleasure of referring many of them to Glenda.

I can say without exception that they are incredibly thankful for Glenda’s hard work, care and, most importantly, the results she achieves for them. Glenda has a special way of helping people work through emotional issues by providing them with the tools and the strength to face and overcome these issues.

​I highly recommend Glenda to both friends and clients!

—  Anastase E. Maragos

I had the privilege of working with Leslie Silverwood as the Principal of one of the elementary schools that was fortunate to have Leslie as the Area Counsellor. Leslie has an extensive background as an educator and counsellor working with hundreds of school-aged children and their families over her career. In order for children to learn, they need to feel socially and emotionally safe.

Leslie has a deep understanding of child development, social-emotional learning and trauma informed practices, helping children and families cope with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and life changes. Leslie is engaging, compassionate, respectful, inclusive, and non-judgmental in her approach. She helps to build resiliency in children and families to overcome obstacles and to feel confident and capable to meet life’s challenges. I have seen many children and families benefit from Leslie’s counselling and highly recommend her services.

I am a full service family physician of 40yrs. I am also a clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. I have known and worked with Glenda at UBC in the Communications Skills course for first year medical students.

She is always well prepared and  brings a positive patient centred approach to the subject. She is eager to improve and make changes to the course material. She cares about her students and their learning.I have also sent patients to her and have been very positive in their feedback. ‘She listened to me in an empathetic and compassionate manner and helped me see possibilities for real changes in my life. She then enabled me to begin to make these changes. I felt empowered to face the future.

—  Dr. Rick Wadge

I have a busy family practice located in Vancouver. As most family physicians would attest to, mental health concerns occupy a large part of our patient encounters every day. Having a resource like Glenda is invaluable. Her patient-centered approach is kind, empathetic, practical and, most importantly, effective! I can’t count the number of times I have had patients comment on how important and effective Glenda’s counselling was to them and how indebted they are to her. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Glenda to patients, family and friends as she has proven time and again how skillful and compassionate she is when dealing with some of the most complex and vulnerable aspects of people’s lives. 

—  Dr. Isaiah (Shai) Bregman

Leslie was our saviour working with my grandson during his elementary school. No words can express how thankful I am for her care and her support through a very difficult time, especially during a court process, which impacted both myself and my grandson immensely. Students in the elementary school were lucky to have Leslie as their counsellor. Her dedication, taking time to listen to children, being engaged with family members, and providing support and tools to face our problems, made a huge positive impact on our lives. I highly recommend her and wish her all the best.

I have been a Vancouver-based family doctor since 1995, and have sent my patients to a number of counsellors over the years. I can quite safely say that there is no one I am more comfortable sending people to than Glenda Wallace. She has helped scores of my adult patients; as individuals and as couples, be they in their 20s or knocking on 90’s door. I recall vividly a man in his early 40s seeing me after he met with Glenda for the first time. He told me that he had wished he had met her four counsellors ago, and that she had helped him more in one hour than in all his previous counsellors.

Glenda has the key ingredients of an ideal health care provider; she is kind, intelligent, non-judgmental, caring and compassionate. As a family doctor, I rely heavily on specialists and allied health professionals around me to help me to deliver comprehensive health care to my patients. Glenda Wallace is a key component of my health care team. I cannot endorse her more full-heartedly.

—  Dr. Duncan Miller

A year ago I was in a terrible situation and did not think I would be here now to write this message. However, I then met and started working with Glenda Wallace.

Glenda is an extremely insightful, flexible, and generous professional who was able to help me work through my challenges. She also provided me with practical tools and techniques that I have been able to incorporate into my life. The irrational hopelessness I so strongly felt has been replaced by realistic optimism and joy. I credit Glenda for much of this improvement, and recommend her without hesitation to anyone who is willing to work towards beneficial change.

—  M.

It has been humbling and wonderfully liberating to have Glenda point out the negative things that I tend to think and believe. Seeing Glenda has helped me to make choices based on what is true and what I want rather than making choices based on what I think my mother would say!

My times with Glenda infuse hope and renewed vitality into my life and I have gained tremendously from her guidance. I am always glad that I made the trip in from Pitt Meadows!

—  E.S.

Getting counselling from Glenda has been a huge lifeline in my recovery from depression. She gave me the tools I needed to get past a very tough time in my life.

— R.W.

Glenda was recommended to me when I was struggling with post-partum depression over a year after the birth of my twins. Thanks to my work with Glenda, I have again found myself and have achieved the balance between motherhood and womanhood.

— S.R.