Practitioner Bio | Isabel Antonini, RCC
At Beta Team-Based Healthcare, we are a dedicated team of health & wellness professionals. A team of practitioners, patients and people. We support one another - we rely on one another - we trust one another. In our clinic, we hold strong values of mutual respect and subscribe to a zero-tolerance policy of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or ableism.
Isabel Antonini, RCC
Isabel feels honoured to support her patients in addressing important issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic pain that have brought them to her practice. As a woman of Brazilian heritage living in Victoria, B.C. she has come to learn the importance of being inclusive and to welcome and celebrate diversity in her practice. She is especially inspired to support issues linked to feelings of low self-worth, inclusion and belonging. A counselling session with Isabel is a collaborative approach where respect, safety and well-being will always come first.
Isabel’s approach to clinical counselling is emotion-focused, experiential and relational. She is passionate about holding a safe space for her clients to explore the interconnectedness of their body and mind which fosters adaptation and well-being. Finding inner balance is most effective when the client is able to develop strategies that connect talking about their feelings and the related experiences that are present within their bodies. The relational work that Isabel offers helps her clients to feel less alone in their journey while building a trusting and respectful relationship which fosters the opportunity to develop openness and enthusiasm for ‘biting’ into life’s pains and challenges with greater taste and strength.
Isabel earned her MA in Social Psychology, aiming to explore how the cooking experience facilitates the individual towards the development of self-understanding and connection to others. In addition to counselling, she has a deeply rooted background in the kitchen and enjoys sharing pleasurable moments with people around the table and food. After several years working as a psychosocial researcher in Brazil, she decided to pause her academic path in psychology to begin cooking professionally. The integration of cooking and counselling has always been an area of interest for her.
Isabel is a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor, committed to BCACC’s professional standards of practice and their code of ethical conduct. She has completed the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training and is dedicated to providing a culturally safe environment in her practice.