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Kirstin McKinnon, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Kirstin McKinnon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) who helps clients create more peace, purpose, and meaning in life, by means of learning how to tend to difficult emotions and reconnect with their inner source of wisdom. Kirstin believes that the purpose of counselling is to help clients create healthier mental, emotional, and behavioural patterns, expand their sense of inner authority, and become more aligned with their true, authentic self so that they can live more fully alive. To Kirstin, counselling should feel like a receptive, judgement-free conversation between two equals.

Kirstin’s career began as a Registered Nurse in 2006, where she worked in hospital and in public health. In 2011, Kirstin completed a master’s degree in nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Over time, she realized that the aspects she liked most about nursing were forming relationships with clients, helping them to find their strengths, and helping them cultivate better physical, mental, and emotional health. After 17 years of being in the nursing field, Kirstin decided to make a career shift to become a registered clinical counsellor.

In her free time, Kirstin enjoys being in nature with her dog and her partner, playing piano, singing, sewing, camping, and doing Tarot readings. She can’t resist cute animal videos and loves backyard chickens!

Registered Clinical Counsellors are often covered by extended medical plans. Check with your provider to see if RCC visits are covered by your plan.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Victoria
  • Master’s in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Victoria
  • Advanced Obesity Management Program
  • Evidence-Based Health Coaching
  • Core counselling courses, Yorkville University & Athabasca University
  • Level 2 Certificate Course in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy,
  • Counselling Skills Level 1, Vancouver Island University
  • Counselling Skills Level 2, Vancouver Island University
  • Level 1 Certificate Course in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
  • Fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Polyvagal Theory in Action with Deb Dana LCSW: Creating Safety and Connection with Trauma Clients
  • Visual Journaling: Drawing on the Healing Power of Self-Expression