Poran Poregbal (previous Founder and Executive Director) receiving BCACC award of excellence for G.V. Counselling and Education Society’s contribution to promoting counselling and mental health issues in the community (July2009-May2018).
G.V. Counselling is an award winning clinical counselling and educational organization, mainly serving Farsi-Speaking communities since its opening in 2009.
Since the beginning, G.V. Counselling has received numerous awards for its excellence of operation and contribution , and has been praised for consistently providing Specialized Professional Counselling and Practical Psycho Educational Programs to residents, immigrants and refugees.
G.V. Counselling aspires to see a healthy minded community with no mental health issues by making its counselling services and psycho-educational workshops accessible to all of its community members.
G.V. Counselling is a shared forum for four counsellors who each run a private practice. For contacting each counsellor please call:
Poran Poregbal: 7788830591
Ali Khoddami: 7783786177
Farangis H. Nejad: 6045379280
Afsoon Golchin: 7782272105
This society was established upon the idea of offering specialized and culturally sensitive programs to a community that most of our counsellors belong to: the Farsi speaking one. 2009-2018 has been effective years that our counsellors collectively managed to offer around thousands of hours of support groups work/ workshops/ seminars/ and psychoeducational programs. Although Society has managed to receive honourable grants and supports from various community mental health organizations, municipalities, and cities, still a majority of the offered program were unfunded and done only with help of dedicated volunteers. Over the years, society managed to receive several distinguished awards and acknowledgments. For about seven times, our counsellors and volunteers participated in the National Victims of Crime Week, through which grant was used to help the Farsi speaking community learn about the issues that victims of crime are facing. Ongoing parenting programs, anger management groups, and healthy integration family programs were all the contributions to the idea of improving mental health in Greater Vancouver. Society and its members have all enjoyed pushing towards improving mental health in our communities. Individual counselling in Farsi has been the highlight of all our services, through which we have helped individuals and families explore their mental health issues in a therapeutic space.
From May 2018, the management of the society is changing; therefore new exciting years are to be expected.
“Our communities are undergoing numerous challenges during time of immigration and constant cultural re-adjustments. Personal and interpersonal – relational conflicts and mental health issues are the leading sources for the pain and suffering that need to be dealt with in a culturally sensitive way”. (Poran Poregbal).