Kari D

Kari D
Practicum counsellor
Student Wellness Centre


I’m Kari, a doctoral student in UVic’s Clinical Psychology program and I’m honoured to be completing a practicum at UVic Counselling. I look forward to helping students discover and move towards a rich and fulfilling life.

My pronouns are she and her. Born and raised in Manitoba, I have been living on unceded territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples since 2016. In previous practica, I have mainly worked with children, youth, and their families. I have also volunteered on a crisis line focused on sexual abuse, and have volunteered with those who have been victimized or perpetrated crime.

Counselling Approach

You are the expert of your own life and deserve to be treated with respect. I believe in the importance of the relationship between the therapist and client, and will do my best to work collaboratively with you to create a safe environment and therapeutic approach that meets your needs.

There is so much in life that influences the way we feel, think, and act. It is very important to me to understand the larger networks in your life (significant relationships, work/school environments, culture, social location) and how these networks connect to your struggles and resilience.

The counselling theories that shape my approach are emotion focused-family therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I especially believe in the value of being compassionate with oneself in times of stress and struggle, and of allowing oneself to feel deep and sometimes challenging emotions.   

Conflict of Interest StatementStudents whom I taught undergraduate courses should note that due to a potential conflict of interest I am unable to see them as clients. I have worked in multiple roles at the University of Victoria and for reasons of ethical principle I will strive to maintain clear and respectful boundaries in my counselling relationships.