West Vancouver and North Vancouver Counselling Services – Tamara Bustos

Services offered include the treatment of:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Adolescents
  • Parenting support, coaching, and consultation
  • Family Therapy

In person and e-counselling therapy is available

Areas of Expertise:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Depression, low motivation/sadness
  • Social anxiety
  • Peer issues
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Separation and divorce
  • Parenting Support
  • Disordered Eating
  • Family of Origin and Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Life transitions


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 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Narrative 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 ongoing 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.


I have been working with adolescents in groups and in private practice for most of my career and have found that I am constantly learning about what issues are in the forefront of young people’s experiences.  I am working with the latest research and data available about what is going on in our community and society with teenagers and young adults. I have extensive experience working with teenagers and young adults struggling with disordered eating, social anxiety, perfectionism, performance anxiety, generalized anxiety, relationship stress, and depression.


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