Roger John

Roger John
Counsellor for Indigenous Students
  • Ph.D. (Candidate), Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia 
  • Master's in Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria


Kalhwa7alap/hello to all of you, my name is Roger John and I am Tsalalhmec (People of the Lakes) of the St’at’imc Nation from the interior of British Columbia. I have been a visitor on Coast Salish Territory (Lekwungen & Musqueam) for twenty-seven years. I am a half-time Counsellor for Indigenous students at UVic Counselling Services. This role is my pre-doctoral internship with UBC School of Counselling Psychology. Currently, I am available to see Indigenous students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Counselling approach

I utilize Indigenous principles and practices of healing as the foundation for my therapeutic approach and I utilize relevant and respectful mainstream therapeutic techniques. My therapeutic orientation and methods include prayer, drumming, smudge, person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy and Somatic Transformation. I am well aware of the impacts of colonization on the lives of Indigenous peoples and I believe that Indigenous peoples do not need to be held hostage by the traumas inflicted by colonization. We all experience times when we can feel overwhelmed and asking for help is one of the greatest strengths and abilities a person can possess.

My office is in Counselling Services in the University Centre, Room B270. To make an appointment with me please contact the front desk via phone at 250-721-8341 or ask staff at the Office of Indigenous Affairs for a referral. Please tell the front desk staff that you are an Indigenous student who wishes to see the Counsellor for Indigenous Students.

Conflict of Interest Statement: Students whom I taught undergraduate and/or graduate 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.

Kukwstumkalap/thanks to all