About Diana – Couples Counselling & Therapy Service in Vancouver, BC


Mission

I’ve (She/Her) been in the counselling profession for over a decade and my work with clients continually evolves yet the foundation of my therapeutic work remains the same –“the individual is the expert in his/her/their own life.” Based on this idea, I am committed to helping my clients tap into their inherent wisdom and inner strengths in order to overcome or deal with barriers to their contentment.  I also believe everyone has the potential for having happy, connected, and emotionally safe relationships and that it is our birthright.  I am passionate about helping my clients attain this.

I work from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, intersectional, trauma-informed lens.  I acknowledge my location as an able-bodied, cisgendered, straight, bi-racial (white-passing), highly educated, employed woman.  I am sensitive to the intersectionality of my clients and I am aware of the socio-political variables that would negatively impact them and their mental health.  I feel deeply driven to  decolonize therapy.  I am aware it is a long-term process full of missteps and repairs with my clients, and of repatterning my mind away from deeply embedded oppressive systems in our contemporary world.  I am continually humbled and honoured by the vulnerable and courageous work my clients allow me to be a part of. 

I am first generation Canadian who comes from an immigrant/refugee Mexican and Hungarian family. I have experienced  how unmanaged or untreated trauma of all kinds: intergenerational, collective, and developmental impact a family.  My parents’ re-enactment of their own trauma manifested in unhealthy relationship behaviours.   Experiencing and observing this throughout my childhood, I then exhibited these behaviours  in my own relationships in my early adulthood.  I recognise that therapy has been an integral part in my own healing and growth, which has led to healthy relationships with myself and with others.  My personal experiences provides me with  empathy, compassion, and understanding for the courage it takes to want to change and just how difficult of a  process it can be at times. 

I believe that learning healthy relationship skills and healing trauma are imperative to a thriving society for EVERYONE.  I am dedicated to doing my part in helping myself and others achieve this. 

Education

  • Master’s of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology,  University of Victoria

Membership

Training

Couples Counselling

Individual Counselling

 I am committed to lifelong learning in this fascinating profession. I attend a regular consultation group and attend workshops, training and conferences.

Experience

Having worked in the helping field for over 20  years and in the counselling field for over a decade, some of my experience includes:

  • substance abuse counselling for an outpatient clinic as well as for a residential rehabilitation facility
  • counselling clients on a wide range of issues for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • facilitating psycho-educational groups about healthy relationships for elementary school aged children

Book an appointment or a free 10-minute phone consultation online or by phone/email  at Kollar Counselling Services, Diana Kollar offers weekday counselling sessions for couples and for individuals in her Vancouver office.