West Vancouver and North Vancouver Counselling Services – Tamara Bustos

teensServices offered include the treatment of:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bullying and Trauma
  • Life Changes
  • Stress
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Family of Origin and Relationship Issues


Teens are a major focus of my business. I am working constantly with the newest research and information available about what is going on in our community with teenagers in school, and outside of school. I run focus groups with teens regularly to find out what is going on currently with youth, and I do my homework on drugs, alcohol, self-harm, stress, fighting, peer pressure, and pressure from school and home. I understand the balance you are trying to find in your life with your friends and parents.

I have extensive experience working with teens struggling with problems with bullying, eating disorders, anxiety, relationship stress, and depression.

As a teen, you are faced with a lot of choices and an endless supply of media and information. Choices that can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. I will help you sort through your choices and problem solve tough decisions with you. I can help you to have the courage to be yourself.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity” ~Albert Einstein

Individuals Work

Working with you in a relaxed and supportive environment, I use a client centered, integrated approach, which means I will use a blend of therapies to best meet your needs. I use a practical and collaborative approach to therapy, while using techniques from traditional models including Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioural, Gestalt and Solution Focused Therapy. I will offer my patience, my insight, my support and my dedication to ensure we are working through your problems in a way that is comfortable and in a way that supports your need for growth. My style is warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental.


I use a practical approach to couples counselling. In working with couples, I have found that the more couples understand one another’s needs and wants, the deeper the bond and relationship can be. With this in mind, I will work with you to help you see each other’s perspectives and how to get your needs met while keeping your relationship in-tact. I have been working with parents as well as couples and understand the challenging balance required to manage a family life as well as an intimate relationship. I will work with you on an going basis to meet your needs as a couple, and to ensure we are working through personal roadblocks, improving communication, as well as working to understand how each partner impacts the other, and the family. I have studied Imago Therapy for Couples as well as Emotional Focused Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy and will work with an integrated approach that is custom made to ensure I am meeting your therapeutic goals.

“If we don’t value our needs, others may not either.” ~Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life