ProChoices is a by-donation Narrative Therapy clinic that runs on a feminist, social-profit model, located in unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Tsleil-Waututh, and Skwxwú7mesh Territory, Vancouver B.C.
ProChoices has grown out of the needs expressed by our communities. With their ongoing support, our clinic has survived its first year sponsored entirely by client donations, member contributions, our certificate program proceeds, the support of Hilda Nanning Counselling, and the passionate work of our team of therapists.
Fuelled by our feminisms, ProChoices offers accessible, quality therapy to individuals and communities of diverse genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences. We understand affordable therapy to be social justice activism as well as a response to the individualist, euro-centric/hegemonic, capitalist patriarchy we live in.
ProChoices credits the clients as the experts of their own experience and as the authority on what constitutes meaningful change in their lives. We do not prescribe or pathologize, and instead invite a co-research experience for our clients. This co-research process opens up alternative ways of experiencing, responding, and resolving the challenges and problems that might stand in the way of our clients’ well-being.
In 2015 ProChoices was just an idea. Now it is a growing, thriving learning community running at full capacity. It is a space that offers itself to counsellors interested in Narrative Therapy mastery and social justice.
Williams says: “I described how important it is to me to advocate for choice, and I got the sense that this was important to Hilda too, and she wrote it down: ProChoices. It is about having agency in one’s life, having a voice and getting support… enriching it, strengthening it.”
For Nanning, it is about engaging a critical perspective and movement towards prefered ways of being. “For feminists ‘choice’ is about more than whether to end or continue a pregnancy,” she says. Nanning’s private practice invites alternative responses to what she describes to be, “the problematic history of privileging male authority and power, that continues to show up in her therapy room.”
Nanning and the therapist clinic team remain interested in the public discussion that the term ProChoices seems to stimulate. We welcome inquiries from clients and therapists interested in joining the clinic.
ProChoices is made up of a team of local and international therapists from diverse backgrounds and therapeutic schools/approaches. We come with different political commitments, yet we are united in our efforts for positive change in our communities and in our desires for rigorous peer to peer learning.
Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible and quality therapy services to those with limited financial means while fostering a learning community to support therapists who are passionate about a Feminist Narrative Collective approach and therapeutic mastery. This missions is fuelled and supported by our core principles of reflexivity and anti-oppression, critical perspectives, social justice, ethical integrity, and working away from individualism.
Folks trust the advice of their friends, family and peers, and here is where you come in and help us make a difference!
ProChoices aims to reach out to therapists who wish to enhance their practice skills, community members to wish to get involved, and to clients who, otherwise, might not have opportunities to see a counsellor.
Below are some ways in which you can help us spread the word:
1. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, and professional networks about our services.
3. Post using #LittleClinicThatCan to let us know what you think about our services and share your story with others.
4. Our poster is available for download here. Post it on your personal blogs or website or public bulletin boards; hand it out to interested folks, or to pass it on electronically to your community/networks! You can also pick up hard copies of our business cards, upon request.
5. We are always looking for likeminded folks to join our team, so check out our job openings here.
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