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Member ID: 2402

Unconventional Wisdom Counselling
Contact Information

Jelena Marda

Credentials: B.A, RPC

Phone: 778-724-1901



Cities of practice

Vancouver, BC


In my counselling work I draw on Transpersonal Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Family tems Theory, ACIM, and my own professional and personal experiences with embodiment, belonging, alignment, spirituality and depression.

Alignment (with personal, spiritual, creative, professional truth and values)
The Authentic/Core/Solid Self
Embodiment (body wisdom, intuition, feelings/senses/emotions/subconscious mind)
Depression (including spiritual and existential crisis)
Purpose (personal, collective and spiritual)
Passion | Assertiveness | Expression
Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (reclaiming self/self-worth/self-esteem)

Intra-peronsal Alignment - Level 1
Inter-Personal Alignment - Level 2
Trans-Personal Alignment - Level 3
Introduction to Conscious Movement/Dance

Mission Statement:


Have you ever been asked to adapt to a dysfunctional tem? You know, a way of being or doing things that goes against your better judgment, your intuition and inner sense of justice…

Maybe that request came from your family, culture, government, religion, relationship or job? If so, what choices did/do you have when such big tems and such authoritative figures (teachers, priests, doctors, politicians, parents, etc.) require you to bend (or break) to meet their reality? Did you survive, adapt, and then get used to living in a dysfunctional tem? Is it your ‘normal’ now? How does that feel?

What has that done to your inner knowing? You know, the part of you that knew all along that something was wrong. The part of you that “doesn’t buy it”, and never did. Do you silence it with rationalization and reason? Do you justify the discrepancy between your values and your choices, between your heart and your head, between your personal truth and someone else’s? How do you manage that inner conflict and it’s accompanying feelings, such as: anxiety, resentment, sadness, guilt, shame, powerlessness, doubt?

This inner conflict is often what brings us to therapy because we can no longer manage the anxiety; the cost of normalizing the abnormal. To arrive at this point –albeit painful – is good news. I firmly believe that becoming symptomatic in a dysfunctional tem is a sign of health, not illness. What if your own tem (your intuition, your feelings) is alerting you to the fact that you have been trained away from your senses and inner knowing, and the pain of being out of alignment (not living a life based on personal values) and being out of integrity (not living a life based on personal truth) is no longer an option for you?

Can you see it as a call to greater awareness, greater alignment, greater truth, so that you can serve a greater purpose (and yeah, feel better!)?

Unconventional Wisdom Counselling, as well as everything I produce through Dance Divine, is about helping you reconnect with your Authentic Self. It’s a body-based and transpersonal approach to ‘recalibrating your inner compass’ so that you can re-align with your core self and reconnect with your values, feelings, intuition and purpose.

Counselling Issues

Divorce / Separation
Family Conflict
Self-Esteem / Self Growth
Sex, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Communication Among Partners
Stress Management

Mental Health

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Workshop Presentor


Mission Statement

Working together to promote and support
competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.