The Therapy Team
Hannah Yager, MSW, RSW
(Registered Social Worker)
Hi, I am a clinical social worker. I support individuals, couples, and families to move past seeing life challenges as problems, so they see these challenges as transformational moments in their history. If you want to know more about me, read on.
It is important for me to create a space where people can deconstruct their problems, and the negative label of mental illness, into something that is normal, rather, than abnormal. Certainly, this is something everyone experiences at different times in their life and for different reasons.
While encouraging people to be brave enough to admit their struggles, I help people reorganize their view of the problems they are facing, so that new ways of approaching these disruptions emerge.
After that, people begin to understand themselves and create their own solutions, while learning to let go of self-destructive patterns.
If you need help or want more information Contact me today.
Socially Constructed Concept
I believe “mental health” is a socially constructed concept, created by a society and a generation that is pursuing happiness. This is because we are afraid of suffering. I feel that “mental illness” is just an explanation for our inability to manage distress, because we all face distressing moments in our lives.
Through facing my own challenges and learning to persevere through distressing life circumstances, I learned to face my own mental health. Learning how to respond to myself when I was in distress. Therefore, those who choose to journey with themselves, on a self-reflective and self-aware sojourn, are the bravest amongst all.
Hannah Yager initially completed a Bachelors of Arts degree, studying Spanish and Development Studies, before continuing onto a Masters in Clinical Social Work with a focus in Couples and Family Therapy. Hannah is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
Hannah grew up on a farm on Vancouver Island, just outside of Victoria, BC.
During her undergrad, she was passionate about language and culture and lived in both Quito, Ecuador and Trinidad, Bolivia, studying in Ecuador and later working on a water project in the Amazon Jungle of Bolivia.
These experiences have shaped who Hannah is as both a counsellor and social worker, which give her a unique perspective on culture, people, and herself.
Hello my name is River, I am very social. I enjoy meeting kids and adults. I help people feel safe and calm in the therapy room. My favourite activities are hiking, swimming, frolicking in the snow, and chasing things. Please request for me to be part of your counselling sessions.