Who I am Professionally

For the last 18 years I have dedicated myself to the helping professions, assisting and empowering others to achieve their highest self. Since 2008 I have focused specifically on counselling with various government funded agencies supporting individuals with mental illness, addictions, trauma, relationship issues, and psychosocial stressors. This experience includes five years with Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services and three years with Child and Youth Mental Health, as well as four years in other Ministries within the Provincial Government. Part of my career experience includes teaching 2nd year psychology at Selkirk College. In 2016 I started training and working therapeutically in the animal assisted psychotherapy world.

My credentials:

~ EMDRIA Certified therapist with training in Somatic Experiencing, dissociation, and early life trauma

~ Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

~ Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University

~ Two years of online and face to face coursework from the Justice Institute of BC

~ Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology at UBC Okanagan

~ A complete list of training and courses can be found under the Professional Development tab

I have contracts with Specialized Victim's Services with the Crime Victim Assistance Program and First Nations Health Authority. I also work with ICBC supporting individuals who were in motor vehicle accidents and needing trauma therapy and support in their recovery.  

I have been fortunate to have offered treatment to a wide range of individuals:

~ Children

~ Adolescents

~ Adults

~ Medical and health professionals

~ Couples

~ Families

~ Groups

Over my career I have helped people with a variety of complex experiences:

~ Trauma

~ Depression

~ Psychosis

~ Anxiety

~ LGBTQ support

~ Addictions

~ Domestic violence and abuse

~ Spirituality and personal empowerment

Who I am Personally

I have a strong interest in the resiliency of the human spirit, metaphysical and spiritual pursuits, and what makes us feel most alive. Friends and family often describe me as passionate, loving, positive, upbeat, patient, and supportive. While helping others with love and kindness is always a cause close to my heart, there are other recreational pursuits that I adore.


Animals have always held a special place in my heart and I immensely enjoy having various creatures living in and around my house. In the summer months I take my love of animals to the pen and offer equine assisted psychotherapy. Travel is perhaps one of my most favourite past-times and when I have free time or spare money I am usually venturing off to some foreign land, learning experientially about the world. My global wanderings have provided an education that cannot be found in any classroom. The arts, painting, music, photography, and nearly all forms of creative endeavours make me feel most alive. You may have seen my paintings displayed at various businesses in the community or at silent auctions for animal charities. 


I would love to know what gives your life meaning and purpose!  I can help you expand and cultivate these gifts allowing you to share with the world. 

"The lamps are different, but the light is the same" ~ Rumi

holly smee Castlegar Counselling


Clinical Hypnotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Mindfulness and Meditation

Attachment & Early Life Trauma

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ~ Anais Nin
holly smee

2010 - present

2010 - present