About Wendy Tyrer

Wendy Tyrer – MA, RCC

Marriage & Family Therapist

Welcome to Tyrer Clinical Counselling. I have relocated to Northern BC and will now be serving the Hazeltons and surrounding area. Previously I had served in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Territory providing services for those having difficulties with grief, trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression and counselling for couples and families.

Wendy Tyrer – Credentials & Background

I belong to the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I completed my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1999 and have been working in the field since then.

In 1983, I graduated from Loyalist Community College with a two year Social Services diploma. My first job out of college was to develop an Adult Day school, which I directed and taught through the Board of Education. I worked with students who were upgrading for employment or who were unable to attend mainstream schools for a variety of reasons. I also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 14 different language groups.

My Training

  • Trauma training – Bringing the body into practise
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Alcohol and Drug
  • Borderline Personality and the Search for the Real Self
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Management; Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support
  • Beginner I,II,III Training Workshop in the Somatic Experiencing
  • Anxiety Traps CBT Antidotes
  • Sex Workers Addressing Treatment
  • Effective Approaches for the Disordered Self Workshop
  • Understanding the Addictive Process
  • Mindfulness Training

More About Wendy

In 1987, my first child came along and my second  in 1989! I worked part-time after that, while being a Mom. I directed a non-profit agency working with children, struggling in school and at home. Later, I worked with Youth For Christ in Belleville, Ontario with street youth. I was the treasurer on a board of directors for St. Leonards, a youth half-way house.

In 1995, my family and I left Ontario and moved to Saskatchewan, where I completed my Bachelors degree, in 1999, I graduated with a Master of Arts – Marriage and Family Counselling from Briercrest Graduate School. I was invited by the Mayor to initiate a Youth Drop-In Centre and Leadership Training program in the small farming community of Mortlach, Saskatchewan. Additionally, I was also a youth counsellor for the Paul Dojack lockdown facility with youth and their families in Regina.

Moving to British Columbia

After spending a year in Hilbre Manitoba working with First Nations and the Gypsumville RCMP office as a cell guard, which was a very enlightening experience, we made our way to Esperanza BC; a fly-in, boat-in community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island . I had the privilege of living in the community and working as a drug and alcohol counsellor and a crisis intervention counsellor. During that time I worked as an intake worker for a six-week family treatment program as well as a clinical counsellor for  Ehattesaht First Nation Tribe. 

After leaving Esperanza in 2007 we moved to Campbell River, BC where I worked for The Salvation Army as the director of the homeless shelter, detox program (4 beds for women), 6-plex second stage transitional housing, the extreme weather program and the sandwich van that went out every evening to deliver hot drinks and dinner to those living on the streets. I returned to private clinical counselling, part-time, in November 2010 and became a full-time practitioner in December 2011. As you can probably tell, this truly is my passion!

In 2016 I transitioned from my private clinic to working remotely in First Nations communities providing services dealing mainly with addictions, trauma, and residential school for adults and children.  I have had so many wonderful experiences and have been helped more than I could ever help.