Laura Crossley, MA, CCC-Q
Date of Birth:
July 13, 1983
A Bit About Me
I grew up in the Lower Mainland, moved around a few times and for the last 4 years have made my home here in the Okanagan. My path to becoming a counsellor was unique because I began my degree when I was 28 and had to learn how to do school all over again. During that time I took the opportunity to explore my gender identity which had been in the back of mind since the age of 6. I started HRT in 2015 and socially transitioned in 2018. (There was a lot of fear and anxiety). Since moving to Kelowna, I have found a home, and feel like I am a member of a community. In my spare time, I play with my doggo (Storm), working on various projects and since May 2022 lots of slo-pitch.
Education / Memberships
Trainings / Workshops
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology - Yorkville University Online
Bachelor of Applied Psychology (Counselling) - Douglas College
Associate Degree Psychology – Douglas College
Indigenous Cultural Training for Counsellors – Duncan Grady Training / OCCS
Hormone Readiness Assessment Training – Genderoo, J. Matsui De Roo
Intro to Gender Diversity Expanded – PHSA/Trans Care BC
Intro to Gender Diversity – PHSA/Trans Care BC
Introduction to Intelligence Analysis – Justice Institute of BC
Psychological Practice for Gender & Non-Conforming Clients - APA
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) -Qualifying Member #10007175
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) –Member
Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) – Member
Feb 2023 - Current
Feb 2023 - Current
Aug 2022 - Feb 2023
Jan 2021 - Dec 2022
Dec 2019 - April 2020
Before Dec 2019
Okanagan Clinical Counselling Services
Contracted counsellor providing counselling primarily focused on trans and gender diverse individuals, ongoing short- and long-term counselling, using CBT, ACT, Person-Centered, Strengths-based, and Trauma-Informed modalities. Additionally working with clients of various other backgrounds and challenges. Hosting workshops, Q&A sessions, for parents, caregivers, and loved ones of transgender individuals.
Pacific Trans Wellness
Founder and Director. Supporting and advocating for Transgender people and their families in the Okanagan.
Founder, a transgender inspired clothing company. Provocative clothing to get your attention.
Mental Health Counsellor for youth aged 11 to 24, provided care through a holistic mental health, substance abuse and primary care lens. Operated from a trauma informed, client centred and culturally aware practice. Worked with local youth on improving sexual health and sexual assault training and awareness in the South Okanagan.
Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School
Assisting students who are changing careers, looking for a new career or are unable to work at old jobs due to workplace disability. Helping students get registered for courses, determining what program would be the best for them, supporting them with financial aid, other sources of funding, finding housing, and then working with them on building resumes, adjusting job search skills and encouraging them to keep pushing for their dream job.
Red Deer Advocate - Advertising Sales
Westrow Food Group - Retail Merchandiser
CH Robinson Worldwide - Account Manager