Lorraine Klassen, MEd, CCC
Lorraine has been a member of the EFAP Team since September 2002.
She brings several years of experience to the EFAP and works with individuals, couples, and families in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, grief and loss, and relationship and family concerns.
She is known for her expertise in cross-cultural issues and has worked extensively as a counsellor, trainer, and consultant in cultural and diversity issues.
education & training
Lorraine has an MEd (Counselling Psychology) from UBC where she focused her studies on cross-cultural issues in counselling and the experiences of those who are culturally dislocated.
has continued training through professional development workshops in the areas of time limited dynamic psychotherapy, sexual and marital therapy, stress management, advanced cross-cultural counselling skills, solution oriented therapy, and emotionally focused therapy for couples.
areas of expertise
has experience with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, grief and loss, stress, and relationship and family concerns.
has particular expertise and interest in working with counselling issues in the context of culture and race.
For the past ten years, she
has worked extensively with individuals, couples, families, and groups from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds on issues such as cultural dislocation experiences, racial-cultural identity development, and family challenges.
In addition to her
interest in cross-cultural counselling, Lorraine
develops curriculum and educational programs in the area of cross-cultural counselling, and instructs cross-cultural counselling courses at UBC and Vancouver Community College
Continuing Education departments.
also consults with and runs psycho-educational workshops and training programs for agencies and organizations on cultural and diversity issues.
Before joining the EFAP team, Lorraine counselled individuals, couples and families through private practice, Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society, and Columbia Counselling Group.
worked with client issues such as depression, trauma, abuse, racial-cultural identity, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, relationship concerns, and family/extended family challenges.
At Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society
also worked in co-therapy teams providing language and culture-appropriate service to over eight language groups.
has facilitated psychotherapy groups related to racial-cultural identity and cultural dislocation issues.
In addition to counselling, Lorraine is a trainer in the area of counselling and cross-cultural issues.
co-developed the Certificate in Cross-cultural Counselling Skills for the UBC Women's Resources Centre
, a 150 hour program which combines basic counseling skills with cross-cultural theory and practice.
also developed the cross-cultural counseling course at Vancouver Community College Continuing Studies and continues to instruct in both these programs.
In addition to curriculum and instruction, Lorraine
regularly consults with and runs psycho-educational workshops and training programs for agencies and organizations on cultural and diversity issues.
professional affiliations & registrations
Lorraine is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling Association.
Lorraine was born and raised in Japan, as part of the expatriate community, returning to Canada at age 18.
enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her
partner, son and extended family.
feels that her
on-going attempts to balance work, alone time, and family is a humorous, never-ending process.