April Griffin, MSW RSW


Online Therapy

About Me

My journey to becoming a counsellor started 20 years ago while providing foot care in the downtown Eastside; as residents soaked their feet in warm water I was privileged to listen and bear witness to their stories of pain and resilience. Since then I obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and I spent over 10 years in the public health system providing counselling for those who have experienced trauma, substance use, relationship issues, and a broad range of mental health issues. I am passionate about providing increased access to counselling for those who have experienced more than their fair share of adversity in life. I work with people with complex trauma and mental health issues to experience transformation and growth. ​ I specialize in providing integrating EMDR, DBT and AEDP therapy for complex PTSD. ​ In my own life- being a mother to three children has been one of the biggest challenges that I have faced and has helped me grow as a counsellor and a person. My greatest joys in life include spending quality time with friends and family, singing, swimming in lakes and oceans, biking, playing soccer, and Friday pizza night with the family.

Education & Experience

MSW University of British Columbia, 2012 DBT Training, DBT Centre of Vancouver EMDR Basic Training, Institute for Creative Mindfulness

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Spirituality
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Residential Treatment Facility
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English