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Allied Health | Vancouver

Staff Spotlight – Keturah Wong, Group Therapist & Suicide Intervention Counsellor

Introducing Keturah, a Group Therapist and Suicide Intervention Counsellor at the Mental Health & Substance Use Outpatient Services (MHSUOS) located in the Joseph and Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre (JRSFHC) in Vancouver.

An Inspiring Career

In this role, Keturah works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide group therapy and psycho-education for her clients. She also provides crisis intervention, suicide bereavement counselling and therapy to people who are in suicidal crisis, have attempted suicide, those concerned about a loved one who is suicidal and those bereaved by a suicide death.

“It’s an immense privilege to be there with people as they work through some of their most profound struggles and work towards building lives that are fulfilling. I learn something new every day – sometimes meaningful philosophical things, sometimes fun or interesting things,” Keturah says.

Originally from Ontario, Keturah relocated to Vancouver partly because she wanted to be closer to the mountains and partly because this job opportunity was one that appealed to her based on her experience and interests.

Keturah says that she is inspired by her clients every day. “When a person is feeling like suicide is among their primary options to solve a problem in their life, and they reach out for help, the work that they do to build a life worth living is incredibly inspiring,” she says.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Keturah has worked primarily digitally and says she is glad there is an end in sight. “I think we have learned a lot of valuable lessons about how we can be flexible in terms of how we deliver mental health care and the logistics of how we do our work,” she says.

The Joseph and Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre

With eight stories, a rooftop garden with a stunning view of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains, and 100 private rooms, the JRSFHC is the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the province and a state-of-the-art mental health and substance use centre. JRSFHC consolidates inpatient and outpatient services under one roof to provide clients with the treatment, programs and skills they need to resume life in the community, safely and successfully.

Keturah says at the JRSFHC, she has the support of a fantastic administration team and colleagues who are experienced and knowledgeable. “I really enjoy working with my team. I have also felt supported by leadership in finding ways to manage work-life balance, which I have very much appreciated,” she says.

Learning is very important for Keturah and she says that she has appreciated the in-house training opportunities as well as education days to pursue education on her own. She explains that “self-reflective practice is very much encouraged, and the combination of those two things are how I work towards achieving better results.”

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