Marita Poll Counselling

I started in the helping profession in 1990 providing support services to people living with issues such as mental health difficulties, addictions, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness. I completed my Masters in Counselling in 2005. Since then, I have been providing counselling at both my private practice and at the local cancer clinic.

Guiding Principles

  • Each person is unique
  • There is no one right or best way to “be” in the world
  • Our work together has the potential to empower you
  • Being seen, heard and valued for who you are can be healing
  • The therapeutic relationship is an important building block to creating change within yourself and in your relationships
  • Each person is born with the intrinsic ability to heal – both physically and psychologically
  • Counselling can help remove obstacles that impede healing
  • Counselling involves a unique therapeutic relationship created by the counsellor and client, and they each bring valuable knowledge and expertise
  • The counsellor is a guide, coach, facilitator, and educator that assists the client in doing their healing work


I have completed education through the University of Victoria in clinical supervision. Since 2009, I have been providing clinical supervision of graduate students in their 8-month counselling practicum at the cancer clinic. Further, since 2018 I have provided clinical supervision to Clinical Counsellors and Social Workers at the cancer clinic in Victoria.

Somatic Psychotherapy (ST)

Through paying attention to and working with sensations taking place in the body, you become more aware of how you can regulate your anxiety and distress. This work involves focusing on what is taking place in the moment in terms of physical sensations (including movement, gestures and impulses), information from senses, thoughts, and images which allows for a new way to see a previous experience. I completed a two-year Somatic Transformation Psychotherapy Program.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT is an empirically-based approach, based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion. EFT focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships. Emotions tell us what is important to us in a situation, and act as a guide to what we need or want. EFT focuses on helping you become aware of and express your emotions. You can learn to tolerate, regulate, reflect on, make sense of and transform your emotions. Emotional Intelligence is fostered through experiencing your emotions as they arise in the safety of the counselling session, which allows you to then discover the value of greater awareness and develop a more flexible management of emotions.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

The CBT approach focuses on understanding the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours; that is, understanding the impact of beliefs on the way you sees the world and how it impacts your ability to change.


  • Solution-Focused Counselling, N. McConkey, Victoria
  • BC Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved, Victoria Hospice, Victoria
  • BC Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training, A. Houston Mais, Victoria
  • BC Somatic Transformation (2 year psychotherapy training program), S. Stanley, Victoria, BC
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy: Skills Training - Level 1 & 2 (8 days), L. Greenberg, Toronto, ON Couples Counselling Training Program, Citizens Counselling Centre, Victoria
  • BC Spiritual Care, Victoria Hospice, Victoria
  • BC Group Life Review Training (2 days), T. Black, Victoria BC
  • Community Mental Health Education Course (72 hours), VIHA, Victoria BC
  • Reiki, Master Level, L. Gervais, Ottawa, ON
  • Grief and Bereavement Training for AIDS support Workers, (5 days)
  • Grief and Bereavement Project of Ontario, Toronto, ON
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, ON
  • Suicide Intervention, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, ON