Vanessa Dowell MSW,RSW

Vanessa is a Masters trained Clinical Social Worker located in Nelson B.C. who is accepting new clients. 

Clients may be experiencing various stressors, grief/loss, traumatic events, difficult life transitions and inter-personal relationship struggles that are impacting their mood (anxiety and depression) and overall functioning. Vanessa believes this a road you do not have to journey alone and will support you to discover the tools and resources you need to move through your struggles in a safe, supportive environment.

Vanessa specializes in counselling individuals and their families during their journey with fertility, perinatal mental health and birth trauma.

Vanessa is a Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy Practitioner-Enhanced and Advanced Trained. ART is a drug free, non-hypnosis therapy that transcends modern therapeutic methods by treating adults and children with depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, sexual abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and many other mental and physical conditions resulting in remarkable benefits in as little as one session. Please watch a video below and also visit my "Services" page to read more.

ART quotes from Vanessa's client: 

"My A.R.T. sessions have been nothing more than life changing. After some significant trauma, I developed night terrors and would often wake up screaming in the middle of the night. This had been going on for years and after only 3 A.R.T. sessions I have not experienced any night terrors and sleep through the night."- Nelson, BC (2021)



“I was skeptical about trying Advanced Resolution Therapy but a single session transformed me. I had been experiencing deep grief, but through ART I was able to let go, to find peace and to imagine my loved one in a beautiful place.”- Nelson, BC (Pregnancy loss, 2022)


"I have found A.R.T therapy sessions to be unlike any other type of therapy I have tried. It is quite remarkable how much can be worked through and healed without much speaking. I feel completely in control during the sessions and after as though a weight has lifted. I strongly suggested this type of therapy to anyone who has experienced trauma." -Nelson, BC (2022)

Sessions are offered in-person or on-line (within the West Kootenay's).

 Please email to inquire about initial appointments (at this time I am accepting new clients onto a  waitlist, please contact through email to be added to my waitlist).

Vanessa Dowell Counselling  expresses their respect for and deep gratitude to the First Nations of the West Kootenay and

Boundary regions: the Sinixt (Lakes), the Syilx (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa, and the Secwepemc (Shuswap) peoples on

whose traditional territories we are honored to operate.