Hi, I'm Ki
My name is Ki Speer (pronounced “Kai”) and my goal is to help you rediscover this world of wholeness, self assurance, and deep connection.
With a passion for community-centred healing, a penchant for creative solutions, and a taste for nerdy science stuff, I am eager to bring my unique experience and enthusiasm to the CV community. I am a clinically trained Registered Social Worker, specializing in progressive, collaborative, attachment-oriented approaches to therapy tailored to you, my client. Healing responses to trauma and illness is the heart of my work. I am here to support you, your partner, and your family as you navigate the challenges that come with being a human being on this planet.
I meet you where you are.
While I am here to offer insight and suggestions, my aim is to facilitate your own personal process as you set the course toward achieving your goals. Rather than prescribe a step-by-step formula, I work with you to co-create a roadmap that is specific to you and your needs, offering tools and support along the way.
A wholeful approach.
I work from an understanding that humans have fully interconnected systems: mind, body, and spirit. Using current evidence-based approaches, such as Direct Neurofeedback, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Synergetic Play Therapy , I work with you to bridge these systems as you find deeper healing, greater emotional awareness, and an increased ability to connect. From here, day-to-day living gets easier to manage and enjoy as you gain mastery over yourself. No matter your age, self-mastery is possible.
This same approach helps kids too!
I am clinically trained to work with clients of all ages and I absolutely love to work with children and youth! As a Certified Synergetic Play TherapistTM, I meet my young clients were they’re at and provide in-the-moment guidance to help them learn how to process their emotions, manage anxiety, and solve life’s challenges.
A little more about me.
I started my career in 2006 as a Social Worker, providing front-line support as a community based Youth and Family Development Worker in Greater Vancouver. This meant meeting people where they were at: often marginalized and struggling. Working in the public system often meant having to find quick fixes, rather than actually helping people work on the root of their struggles. I found myself repeatedly frustrated by the seemingly limited resources available for counselling or therapy; even more so, it seemed there was a complete inaccessibility of more therapeutic options for people seeking help to meet their complex needs. While this lapse in resources was a huge challenge in my work, it encouraged me to become very resourceful and turned me into a powerful advocate.
I founded the Brighteyes Therapy Network in an effort to bridge this gap in community care through education, awareness, and accessibility. I continue to use these skills today as I provide support to my clients who are navigating complex social and healthcare systems. I am in your corner, ready to advocate for you and your family’s best interests.
A commitment to community.
My passion for collaboration, community, and advocacy remains strong today. While my work moved to include independent (private) practice, I continued to actively participate in local non-profits, such as the BC Schizophrenia Society and SHARE Family & Community Services; where, for over 10 years I provided front-line support, resources, counselling and education to families.
I’ve recently joined the Children and Youth Matter CV table, where I work together with active members of local non-profit community-serving organizations, including MCFD, family physicians, teachers, support workers, public health nurses, parents, and K’omoks First Nation members, to help improve critical health and support services, and access to programs for CV’s children and youth. CYMCV is currently working on several projects, including trauma informed training for family physicians, and a strong proposal to fund a Foundry centre in CV!
I work with all people!
With great respect for all identities, orientations, and walks of life.
- Children and Teens
- Trouble at school
- Social skills
- Emotional control/regulation
- Change in family structure
- Attachment parenting
- Parenting teens
- Gifted children
- Highly Sensitive kids
- Sensory Processing issues
- High Risk Behaviours
- Suicidal Ideation
- Autism Spectrum Disorder/Aspergers
- Coping skills
- Gender, Identity, Sexual Orientation
- You name it!
- Any type of psychological/emotional health concern or life challenge
- Treatment for Trauma including Complex PTSD and Developmental/Attachment Trauma
- Help to work on communication and emotional roadblocks
- Co-existing in a healthy, loving way that reflects your family’s unique values, traits and strengths
In case you were curious.
A few fun facts about me:
- I summitted over 200 big mountain backcountry peaks in five years between Pemberton and the Rocky Mountains. Being new to the island, I cannot wait to explore my new wonderland.
- When I am not working I am dancing! I am a Dance Temple regular and attend most of the many amazing music shows and festivals in Cumberland. I also like to hit the Cumby Forest trails by foot or bike.
- My favourite rainy day activity is indoor playtime. I also love dancing, swimming, quality time with my family and friends, Netflix, healthy meals, and a good excuse to clean my house while listening to my favourite playlists.
- My cat’s name is Nyala (with a silent Y).