Dr. Teresa Howell
Registered Psychologist
Howell Therapy: Passage to Wellness Psychological Services

Services Provided


I provide both Individual, Couple and Group Therapy for adults. I work with a number of presenting problems, from daily life stressors to major mental illness. Here is a list of some of the issues I have worked with:

Abuse Child abuse/sexual trauma Identity issues
Addiction Domestic Violence Relationship challenges
Anxiety/Depression Emotional difficulties PTSD/Trauma
Childhood issues Existential exploration Self-esteem/Self-worth
Career/workplace issues Grief and Loss Substance misuse

First Nations Health Authority:
I am a Mental Health Service Provider for the First Nations Health Authority, Health Benefits Program (FNHA – HBP): Crisis Intervention Mental Health Program and the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program (IRSHSP). So if you are eligible for any of these programs, then your counselling costs might be covered by FNHA. Please email me for more details.

Crime Victims Assistance Program

Have you been the victim of a violent crime, or physical/sexual abuse? Are you having challenges because of it?

You might qualify for assistance from the BC Government’s Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). The CVAP provides financial support to eligible victims, immediate family members of victims, and some witnesses, to help them recover from the impact of violent crimes and abuse. You need to directly apply to this program, and can get help with this through your local Victim Services Support Worker. Once you are approved, I am a Registered Psychologist provider with the CVAP program and handle the billing for you directly with CVAP.

Research Background & Interests: I have research experience in the following topics: Traditional Indigenous healthcare practices; Indigenous mental health and addictions; Indigenous offenders;  Indigenous health; Suicide in Indigenous communities; Mental health and addictions; Grief and loss; Domestic violence; Cultural Competency. I have written many grants that have been successful.

Consulting/Contracted Services/Workshop Presentations: I have the ability and experience to teach and facilitate workshops on the following topics:  Indigenous health, mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis); cultural competency, grief and loss, trauma and trauma-informed therapy; social justice and intersectionality; stress, communication skills; counselling skills;  relationship challenges, and substance misuse/addictions.

Teaching: I have been employed as a faculty member in Psychology at Douglas College since 2015. I teach introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, cultural competency and counselling in the Indigenous community, and gender psychology. It is a joyful honour to teach. My role is to foster students’ learning from a holistic perspective, which nurtures their abilities to embrace new learnings and incorporate them into everyday living. My work as a therapist informs and enhances my teaching practice. I would describe myself as a social justice educator and unique in my teaching style (and therapeutic style). I try to teach from an experiential perspective and I encourage students to be engaged and embrace the process of not only learning about the material/theory, but to learn about themselves as well. The nature of the courses that I teach, require students to learn who they are- both personally and professionally. I hope students will become more aware of themselves in the context of the sociopolitical-cultural environment that we live in.