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"We're all just walking each other home"
- Ram Dass



My name is Tamar, which means "date palm" in Hebrew.
I am a settler, living and working on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, colonially known as Victoria, BC.

My approach to therapy and counselling with adults is very much as a journey. I hold space for the processes of personal change, growth, evolution and healing. Some of the central elements I offer within therapeutic space are authenticity, deep listening, non-judgement and compassion. My practice is trauma-informed and I am committed to providing person-centred care that is supportive, affirming, and inclusive.

The therapeutic modalities I most often draw from include Somatic Experiencing (SE), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Mindfulness-based practices. I am also an Expressive Arts Practitioner (EAP) and am able to to bring creativity (visual art, writing, movement) into our process if desired.

My areas of practice include grief and loss, end of life, life transitions, anxiety, self esteem, and stress.

I am committed to continual learning and integrating innovative ways to support clients.

I currently work as a Bereavement Counsellor for Victoria Hospice.
Tamar Swartz
Counselling Services


  • Individual Sessions (60 min): $130

    • Sessions are only being offered virtually (phone or video) at this time.

  • Connection Call (15 min): no charge

    • Curious to connect before having your first session? Reach out to book a phone call and we can talk about what you're looking for and if it's a good fit.

  • Access Counselling Sessions (60 min): Sliding scale varies

    • Please reach out if your financial situation is preventing you from seeking counselling, and we can explore ways for sessions to be more affordable. Please note there is limited availability for this option.

  • For All Sessions:

    • Payment accepted through e-transfer or paypal.

    • I do no offer direct billing. An invoice will be sent to you after the session. Check with your insurance provider if sessions by Registered Social Workers (RSW) are covered.

    • Cancellation policy: You will be charged for the full session if you cancel within 24 hours, unless there is an emergency.

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Professional Credentials

Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW), in good standing

Member of the BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW)

Therapeutic Modality Training

Bereavement Counselling - Victoria Hospice Society, Victoria, BC

Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) - Homewood Health, remote

Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) - Lifespace Institute, Toronto, ON

Expressive Arts (Visual art, writing, storytelling, movement) - Fleming College, Haliburton, ON

Narrative Therapy - Dulwich Centre, remote

Academic Credentials

Master of Social Work (MSW) - University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC

Master of Arts (MA) - Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Bachelor of Arts (BAH) - Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Expressive Arts Practitioner (EAP) - Fleming College, Haliburton, ON

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Here are some books and resources I have found helpful, supportive and insightful:

Grief and Loss
  • It's OK that you're not OK by Megan Devine, and website
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
  • Prayers of Honouring Grief by Pixie Lighthorse
  • Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy
  • Healing After Loss by Martha Hickman
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
  • The Grieving Brain by Mary-Frances O'Connor
  • and

Trauma, Anxiety, Relationships, Mindfulness
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

  • When the Body Says No by Dr. Gabor Maté 

  • Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

  • by Dr. Kristin Neff

  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Crisis and Immediate Support:


To ask a question, book a connection call or first session, contact Tamar at tamarswartz(at)

If you're in immediate danger or need urgent medical support, call 911.
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