Bertha Cohen, MSW RSW   

Bertha provides counseling by appointment during the evenings and on weekends.


Welcome to our counseling service. Your counselor, Bertha Cohen, has practiced as a social worker in the health field for many years in South Africa and Canada, working with people from many different cultural groups.

Bertha works with her clients from a strengths-based perspective, seeing the world through their eyes. She regards the therapeutic process as an equal partnership and takes into  consideration the cognitive, emotional, behavioural and spiritual aspects of the individual. The overall aim is to strengthen the client's inner resources in therapy so that outer circumstances can  more easily be changed or dealt with.

An eclectic approach,  incorporating humanistic, cognitive, brief, and transpersonal therapies, and energy work - as is appropriate for the client - is used.


Bertha has considerable expertise in grief counselling. She  has also worked extensively with people who have experienced  pregnancy loss and infertility.  She helps her clients with  personal growth, self esteem, cultural adjustment (including immigration),  life transitions and  women's issues including pregnancy and adjustment to parenthood. She also counsels couples, people with  depression, medical conditions and  physical disabilities. Bertha has considerable experience facilitating groups and workshops.

Bertha has completed levels one and two of Satir brief therapy, levels one and two of Therapeutic Touch, level one of the Eye Movement Integration Therapy, and training by Dr David Burns on cognitive behavioural therapy. Bertha keeps up to date with current theory by reading, attending seminars and workshops.

Bertha was nominated for the Excelsior Award in South Africa for excellence in the field of physical disability. She received an Education Award of Excellence from BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver.


Counseling for Health
Telephone 778-321-0374         e-mail:

110-11331 Coppersmith Way, Richmond, B.C. V7A 5J9

1892 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1Y9