Registered Clinical Counsellor
Marco Ma is a registered clinical counsellor under BCACC. He is experienced in working with clients in various age range, ethnic/cultural identities, and religions. He specializes in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relational issues. He received training and supervisions on cognitive-behavioral therapy(CBT), narrative therapy, Gottman Method, and various mindfulness-based approach in an integrative manner.
Marco is often known as a calm, composed, compassionate, and a client-centered therapist, who is able to hold the space for clients to process their emotions and walk through the journey. Despite the essentiality of techniques in therapy, Marco believes that Rogerian core conditions are paramount when it comes to engendering therapeutic change, namely congruence (genuineness), unconditional positive regard and accurate empathic understanding. Marco strives to ensure his clients will feel listened, accepted, respected, and cared for during therapy sessions.
Further, Marco also embraces the non-judgmental and non-oppressive approach when handling cross-cultural counselling situations. As an ethnic minority in Canada, Marco can readily empathize with clients who suffer from systemic racism and discrimination in work-place and day-to-day life. Marco believes that it is imperative for a mental health professional to advocate for social justice and gender equity in our community. More importantly, Marco can speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. It is hoped that language is not a barrier in therapy for clients, and Chinese-speaking clients can express themselves freely and feel more connected with the therapist.