The Story of Prospect

A vision for more radical ways to train + support our communities.

Prospect Counselling + Training is a POC-led counselling practice dedicated to providing accessible and exceptional counselling to SDQTBIPOC+ communities while disrupting the capitalist values currently upholding standard clinical training programs. Rather than building wealth for practice owners, proceeds from services provided support further training, thereby enhancing the services you receive, while funding projects for collective healing within communities.

We were chatting away about life, its going ons, and frustrations with training folx within an institutional setting, when we came to the topic of liberation. We shared our hopes in engaging in spaces where there is already a buy-in into the ethics and radical politics that inform our work. Not having spaces where the messiness of dreaming up and creating liberatory practices felt like a lost opportunity that costed too much. What are we leaving on the table when we only engage in institutionalized training and educational practices? What change could we spark if we created a space for therapists-to-be to build their practice on a more radical foundation?

For several years, Bhupie had envisioned a community-oriented learning space where students and practicing counsellors can come together to learn/unlearn together that also serves communities in more radically useful ways. Abby’s excitement + passion for the idea propelled it forward. From there we began to co-create what it would look like on a practical level and how it may evolve in the future. Putting boots to the ground, Prospect became what it is today.

We aren’t experts; just figuring things out as we go, but we are thrilled to continue having creative, tough, and fiercely radical conversations with each other and communities as we do our part in moving towards collective liberation.

We are uninvited settlers occupying the stolen, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) peoples. 

Our relationship with these lands dictates our commitment to understanding the ongoing impacts of colonization and decolonizing our practices in and out of the counselling room. 

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Grounded in justice-oriented practice
Bhupie Dulay (she/her)

is a settler who was born and raised on the stolen unceded, ancestral territories of the Semiahmoo, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), Kwantlen, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, and sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen) Nations; and her ancestors are from India. Bhupie is a cis, non-disabled, middle class, small fat woman.

Currently, Bhupie works as a therapist, supervisor, professor, and consultant. Her work is informed by social justice and collaborative principles. She is honoured to work alongside people who are navigating and resisting multiple systems of oppression individually, within relationships, and in communities. As a clinical supervisor, Bhupie supports teams providing health care services and counselling services, practicing counsellors and student counsellors. Supervision is an enriching experience for Bhupie—a space where she can engage in a collaborative dialogue about best practices and ethics alongside the critique and feedback.

Bhupie also provides workshops, trainings, and consultations to organisations, teams, and boards. She is an adjunct faculty at Adler University and City University, and an instructor at Vancouver Community College. And she is a board member at Healing in Colour.

Ji-Youn Kim (they/she)

is a queer, currently non-disabled Corean femme, immigrant and settler, joy-seeker, liberatory dreamer, psych survivor, justice-oriented therapist-ish and ongoing creation of community. Born in Bucheon, Corea, they grew up and continue to live on the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in what is colonially known as Vancouver, Canada, which shapes their relationships with land, kinship, sovereignty and co-resistance.

Ji-Youn works in private/alternative practice in relationships with predominantly Sick & Disabled QTBIPOC client community members with the orientation of therapy-ish as a space to practice embodied liberatory practices in the spirit of collective liberation. In recent years, she has also been teaching about abolitionist mental health care, the mental health industrial complex and the blurring of the categorization of therapy. Their practices are informed by Black & Indigenous feminist scholars, Disability Justice & Transformative Justice educators, abolitionists and organizers, as well as their lived experienced of mental illness/Madness and psychiatric incarceration.

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Theresa Thomas (she/her)

is an educator, counsellor, mentor, and creator. Theresa began her career working in supplemental education and business management in Houston, Texas before immigrating to Vancouver, BC to continue her education in psychotherapy. Since moving to Vancouver in 2012 Theresa has been focused on learning the origins and impacts of trauma and developing the skills to facilitate healing.

Theresa has an MCP in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC. For 7 years post-graduate Theresa worked on the front lines with local non-profits to provide accessible and quality therapeutics for those with barriers to support.

Theresa is committed to helping people achieve freedom from systemic and societal oppression in every capacity. Theresa works with those who have anxiety, depression, experienced trauma, including violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Theresa addresses the distresses that come from navigating shame, marginalization, discrimination, disassociation, and lack of self-worth. Through one-to-one therapy, group counselling, educational workshops, community training, and new counsellor supervision Theresa has sought any opportunity to facilitate healing.

Theresa is passionate about developing personal power and helping individuals and relationships live authentically and thrive in their truths. In 2020 Theresa started her own therapeutic practice; In-Power Counselling & Services, which continues the work she’s done in healing and empowerment. In-Power Counselling & Services provides individual, relational and group counseling, as well as education and enrichment in the form of workshops, trainings, and creating unique psychotherapy tools to destigmatize mental health and wellness. Theresa is also a clinical supervisor for new and developing therapists. Theresa’s hope is to make mental health, daily health!

When she’s not working Theresa is a learner in every sense of the word. She loves to read and consume content and information. She is a sister, a friend, a daughter, a cat aunt, a writer, crafter, painter, and creator.

Xu Wang (they/them)

is a non-binary, queer, 1.5 generation Chinese-Canadian immigrant settler who live, work and benefit from taking up space on the unceded traditional territories of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh peoples (colonially known as Burnaby.). I’m also neurodivergent, mentally ill and a parent to a pre-schooler.

As an art maker, I enjoy all things creative. Some of my favourite interests include, caring for plants and animals, painting, collaging, cooking, and immersing myself in the alternate realities of video games.

Where I Came FromI was born in Kunming, China and raised by my grandmother for most of my early childhood. It is during this time that I began to immerse myself in art making. My grandmother was a painter, and the first person to model for me what resilience and healing looked like. When I immigrated to Canada with my parents at the age of 12, I left my grandmother and lost my connection with art. My life became grappling with experiences of assimilation, gender questioning and displacement. Like many third-culture kids, I felt like no one close to me could understand my lived realities. I had to survive and navigate a great deal of complexities on my own throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. 

At the same time, what I also discovered in moving through loneliness and isolation were moments of belonging and being seen. Learning to make space for the conflicting feelings became essential to my wellbeing, and is what ultimately supported me in embracing the nuances of my multiple intersections.

When I reflect on my development over the years, I noticed that many of my healing experiences were inspired by the meaningful relationships with others and in communities of care. In these supportive spaces, I am able to reclaim parts of myself and nourish my growth through embracing every aspect of my humanity.

I see working as a therapist and being a human being as inseparable processes. More than my educational and training backgrounds, I draw from my lived experiences and inner knowing to support those who share space with me. Through my journeys in life I have found deep healing in the practice of embracing “enoughness”. In the therapeutic space, my role is to guide you to connect with “being enough”, while cultivating gentleness and compassion for you to embody the richness of your humanity.