"I HAVE COME TO BELIEVE OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO ME MUST BE SPOKEN, MADE VERBAL AND SHARED, EVEN AT THE RISK OF HAVING IT BRUISED OR MISUNDERSTOOD."
M.A. - Master of Arts Counselling Psychology; The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) Membership Number: 18132
Mental Health Service Provider for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
How brave and courageous to explore newness for yourself.
My name is Charis Santiago and I am a 2nd generation Filipina-Canadian therapist who provides relational analytic counselling services in Victoria, BC and telehealth.
I am passionate about working with you surrounding a wide range of mental health issues. My specialties include working with issues of trauma and sexual abuse, racial/ethnic and identity development, issues with family, play therapy, addiction and mood disorders.
I previously worked at Navos Mental Health Agency in Child, Youth and Family Services, in Seattle, WA. There, I worked with children and youth ages 5-19 and their caregiver(s), utilizing an attachment based, trauma informed and culturally aware therapeutic approach. I have also worked at Cedars at Cobble Hill Addiction Treatment Facility in Cobble Hill, BC, supporting adults through trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and grief work.
I hold membership in the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, RCC#: 18132. In my work, I consult with specialists when necessary, and actively pursue continuing education in my areas of focus. I receive ongoing supervision and consistently engage my own personal therapy.
Adults, Children, and Adolescents
Trauma & Abuse
Grief & Loss
Thank you for exploring.
If you should have any questions about me or counselling, I welcome your voice.
You can get a hold of me by sending an email using this form, or leave me a message on my phone.
I monitor email and voicemail Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 5:30pm.
I offer Telehealth, as well as in-person sessions from office space in James Bay, Victoria, BC.
I acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory I work from and the Songhees peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue.