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Spiritually Integrated

Psychotherapy/Counselling and Healing Touch

Heart Centered Integration of Body, Mind and Spirit

We encourage you to navigate our website to get a better idea if our services are right for you.



We describe our work as holistic, feminist, intuitive and inclusive.

Holistic – Heart Centered Integration of Body, Mind and Spirit. Both SpiritFirst Counselling and SpiritFirst Healing Touch focus on the biopsychosocial-spiritual resources and obstacles affecting you.

Feminist – We acknowledge that ALL of us are hurt by an unjust society – women, children, and men. We are especially concerned with the healing of women and girls from social injustice, physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and trauma.

Intuitive – We combine our extensive life experience with all SIX senses in our work in the Counselling Room and in the Healing Touch Treatment Room.

Inclusive – We believe that both ignorance and a fear of differences hurt people.  While we often work with heterosexual individuals, we are also completely at ease working with individuals in the LGBTQ community. Inclusive also means we work with individuals of all ages and abilities (our practice is wheelchair accessible).

For many good reasons, our practice attracts individuals in the health, mental health, legal, educational and other helping professions. We offer Counselling and Healing Touch to Women and Men primarily from Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Campbell River on Vancouver Island. We also see clients from Victoria and the outlying Islands.


Terry Folks is a Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Women and men who feel “stuck”  or are concerned about their mental health choose her because of her reputation for providing a safe and nurturing healing work space. She is  known for helping individuals change patterns and move forward on their healing Journey. Her practice is Spiritually Integrated which means that she offers spiritual strategies if this interests you. Terry uses Rogerian client centered psychotherapy which focuses on relationship as the primary catalyst for change. She uses Solution Focused strategies for goal setting and change. Terry specializes in Women’s Issues, and offers support for Life Transitions including Post Trauma Work, Abuse Recovery, Grief/Loss, Relationship Challenges, Communication, Elder care, Separation, Divorce, Empty Nest, Work Stress, Family challenges, Menopause, Chronic Illness/Pain Management, Addictions, Stopping Smoking, Recovery, Codependence, Boundary Work, Depression, Anxiety, and Parenting.

Terry accepts private clients on an ongoing basis. She also serves claimants under the Crime Victim Assistance Program as well as Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselling under Benefit Providers such as Homewood Health, Arete, and LifeWorks. Terry offers Sophia Women’s Wisdom Groups in the Group Room, Mindfulness and Meditation Training and Practice, Art Therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy (Shin Rin Yoku – see for our related article), and Ritual Design for Healing and Moving On. She and Healing Touch Co-Practitioner, Wendy Turner are also Certified Healing Touch Practitioners (CHTP). Please peruse the Healing Touch page on this web site for more information on this amazing modality.