Island Therapy and Counselling - Leah MacInnes

about Leah

EducationLeah MacInnes
  • Master of Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Winnipeg, 2003
    This masters program offers specialized clinical training in couple and family therapy - Aurora Family Therapy Centre. Students are required to take intensive academic courses in family systems theory as well as complete 500 supervised clinical client hours.

  • Certificate in Applied Counselling (Specialization in Addictions), University of Manitoba, 1995
    This program focuses on practical skill building in counselling with an intensive focus on addictions issues.

  • Bachelor of Social Work, the University of Victoria, 1989
    This degree focuses on generalist social work practice with two practica, one at the Learning Disabilities Association of South Vancouver Island and the other at a residential alcohol and drug treatment program called the Victoria Life Enrichment Society.
Professional Affiliations
Work Experience

     I have been in the profession for more than 20 years. In addition to my private counselling and therapy practice, I have provided clinical services and consultations to local Victoria agencies such as the Victoria YMCA-YWCA and PEERS. I have also facilitated workshops on the Island and Lower Mainland in partnership with The South Island Training Initiative, Association for Substance Abuse Professionals in B.C., The Military Family Resource Centre and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

Prior to opening my private therapy practice in Victoria, BC, I was in private practice in Winnipeg at Assiniboine Family Therapy. I also worked for 12 years at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba as a Youth Counsellor, Marriage & Family Therapist and Prevention and Education Consultant. I have supervised social work students and have taught as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba, and guest lectured at the University of Winnipeg Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program. My work experience prior to 1993 includes working as a Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

I am a strong believer in giving back to the community and I have volunteered for Victoria Hospice and the Military Family Resource Centre. I also serve as President of the BC Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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221-560 Johnson Street, Victoria BC
(250) 686-6207
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