As a certified counsellor, Durwin Foster, MA, CCC, has learned the science of effective therapy through rigorous academic training. He completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and is certified at the national level through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Durwin also completed all required doctoral level coursework and training in supervision, while performing research on the benefits of mindfulness training. A recipient of the Mind and Life Institute’s Varela Memorial Award, he was invited to a conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the topic of contemplative practices and health.
In practice for more than 10 years with both individuals and couples, Durwin takes seriously the principle that to be an effective helper, one must engage in ongoing professional development. To this end, Durwin has recently completed education in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, adding to his previous training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A close student of Ken Wilber, Durwin has recently trained in Full-Spectrum Mindfulness, an approach that combines mindfulness with developmental psychology in a way that helps us wake up from our dream of separation, while growing into our greatest potentials.
Durwin has published several articles on counselling therapy and practice in peer-reviewed journals, including Counseling & Values, Journal of Integral Theory & Practice, and Constructivism in the Human Sciences.
Besides his professional qualifications, part of what makes Durwin effective as a therapist is a longtime commitment to his own personal growth and development. He regularly practices meditation (integrating Buddhist, Christian, Nondual, energy, and sound-based forms), jogging and weightlifting for physical health, and personal therapy to address family-of-origin issues. For social support, he participates in a network of like-minded others.
As a husband and father of 3 children, Durwin has navigated the complexities and challenges of family life. Regarding family relationships, Durwin has been certified in the Mindfulness-Enhanced Strengthening Families program. Indeed, his family continues to be one of his greatest teachers.
Most importantly, Durwin brings an enduring, sincere interest in the well-being of others to his practice. If you need a trusted ally in a time of emotional difficulty, or want a coach to help you grow into your greatest potentials, you’ve come to the right place.
We are really grateful for Durwin’s expertise around depression, which often is part of the picture for those who have struggled with anger.