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Karen Loucks Chester Karen Loucks Chester

About Karen

I grew up in Victoria, and have raised both my children here … Victoria feels like home to me. I have a co-therapist, a miniature Labradoodle (Lukey), who works with me. Please feel free to ask for him.

I obtained a Master of Counselling degree through City University in Victoria, BC. My internship placements were at both Victoria Hospice, and a local not-for-profit counselling center. I feel very privileged to now work at Victoria Hospice as both a Bereavement Counsellor and on the Palliative Response Team.

In my private practice I am comfortable using several approaches to counselling and can adapt any or all of them according to the needs of the client. Approaches I most often use include Narrative Therapy, Response-based Practice, Solution-focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness-based practices. I am always learning about and looking for innovative ways to assist clients. Ongoing education several times each year keeps me current and excited in my work.

I have specialized training in working with complicated grief using a treatment approach pioneered by Dr. Katherine Shear. At this time, Dr. Shear’s approach is the only evidence-based treatment available for complicated grief.

Professional Associations and Designations

  • British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registration #12767
  • Approved counsellor with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP/Victim Services)
  • Approved counsellor for BCPFFA (British Columbia Professional Firefighters Association)
  • Approved community counsellor for University of Victoria undergraduate and graduate students
  • Provider of Complicated Grief Therapy
  • Completion of the Provincial Health Service Authority’s (PHSA) Indigenous Cultural Competency course (mental health stream)
  • Provider of Third Party Parenting Assessments for intended parents, surrogates, and egg/sperm/embryo donors

Academic Publications

Thompson, M. R., Whiteman, A. D., Loucks, K. D., & Daudt, H. M. (2017). Complicated grief in Canada: Exploring the client and professional landscape. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 1-22.