River District Counselling & Wellness

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Our Story

River District Counselling and Wellness was built with You In Mind. Our logo symbolizes our values for each person as a whole and the therapeutic process. The lotus flower represents self-regeneration, perseverance and enlightenment. The flower begins where conditions are not ideal, buried deep in mud with limited clean water. It has the ability to grow to the surface where it blossoms and thrives under the light of the sun. This is our analogy for the human condition. Our layered pentagons symbolize the journey through life, while the three dots symbolize the three women who began this journey together.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Diversity Commitment

River District Counselling & Wellness is committed to diversity and inclusion of each individual. Our counsellors aim to create a safe environment where each person is free to express themselves in their most authentic way while striving to build healthy connections and achieve mental wellness. We value the wealth of different backgrounds and variety of lived experiences that each person brings to tell their story. Our mission is to educate, support, and provide therapy to each individual by fostering resilience through a collaborative approach to achieve mind-body wellness.

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Yvonne Chen
MEd,  RCC # 14778

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Services offered in English


Yvonne has called Vancouver home since 1973 and holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, specializing in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of British Columbia.  Her career as a counsellor began while working in university settings where she provided counselling to young adults. While completing her credentials, she worked in the non-profit sector where she became interested in helping those with a history of trauma. She spent time training at BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), Patient and Family Counselling Services providing services to patients with cancer and their families.   

Her experiences launched her self-discovery of how her many interests and abilities were highly transferrable in helping others. Specifically, she has learned how to identify the right learning strategy and accommodate needs for clients with mental health challenges.  As a therapist, Yvonne is genuine, caring and an insightful professional who creates a safe therapeutic space to foster personal growth and self-awareness.   

Yvonne considers herself a life long learner. She is a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and survivor. On her downtime, you will find Yvonne exploring trails and playing with her dog, Sookie.

Please note that Yvonne is accepting new clients and referrals for Individual Therapy.
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Melissa Chan

Currently on Maternity Leave 
MACP, RCC #15037

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Services offered in English   

Vancouver has been home for Melissa since 2013. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, she moved to Calgary in 2008 where she completed a Bachelor of Child Studies with a focus  on Early Intervention with children and youth. She continued on to complete a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University where her focus was using traditional counselling techniques in combination with therapeutic play. She enjoys working with adults through their life events and maintains a focus on her passion working together with families, children, and youth supporting them through the many challenges they face.


Melissa built her value and belief systems around the importance of authentic, genuine counselling relationships through working in nonprofit and private practice environments.  She was able to connect with adults who were on the road to recovery from addiction, homelessness, trauma, and mental health such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar. Her awareness and compassion to the importance of workplace mental health has been amplified by these first hand experiences. She has hosted seminars and educational courses for professionals and those seeking to build their skills in healthy family relationships, behaviour modification, and pre vocational and vocational skills. 

Melissa spends time practicing self-care in the kitchen where she can be found making something delicious or walking her dog on the many trails Vancouver has to offer.