I'm a Vancouver & Richmond based therapist with specialized training and skills to help you:

  • Find concrete strategies for managing and preventing feelings of anxiety and/or low mood

  • Change patterns that leave you feeling misunderstood, lonely, or disappointed in relationships

  • Overcome discouragement, lack of motivation, and questions about your meaning or purpose

  • Enhance your effectiveness and/or set new goals that truly represent your heart's calling

  • Learn specific strategies to gain balance and deeper understanding while you work through a period of transition or change

Dr. Michael Dayan is a clinical counsellor & psychotherapist focusing on issues of anxiety & depression (including stress, panic, & low-mood); complex pain (fibromyalgia, injury, & disability); communications (intimate-, family- & work-relationships including cross-cultural & intergenerational concerns); life-transitions (adjustment to change, grief & loss); men’s issues; parenting support; and wellness & goal setting. Michael's clinical expertise includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Psychology, Depth Psychology, Family Systems Theory, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, & Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Michael is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with degrees from McGill University (PhD), Columbia University (MA), and University of Toronto (BA) and a diploma from the Medical School of the University of California at San Diego. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2005 Michael has taught both graduate and undergraduate students and supervised masters theses and clinical practicums. Michael is currently accepting new clients – individuals, couples, family, & group – in his Vancouver & Richmond offices.

Exploring Creativity & Healing

Michael is an award-winning filmmaker, making biographical documentary films that explore creative decision-making & healing journeys. 

Michael's films have been televised nationally (CBC) and won awards at major film festivals (Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, & Rhode Island).


Recent Highlights & Contributions

Michael has written two presentations for the International Association for Counselling's "International Round Table for the Advancement of Counselling," providing advice to UNESCO and other non-governmental and governmental organizations on the topic of "Communicating, Connecting, and Collaborating on a Global Stage."

Michael is past President of the Columbia University Vancouver Alumni Association. For information on joining this group, please contact Michael.


How to Contact Michael

Call for a free 15-minute telephone consultation.

Workshops & Group Therapy

Michael leads the following workshops and group therapy sessions: Wellness Groups, Mindfulness Groups, Men's Groups, and Parenting Groups. To discuss suitability, obtain a registration form, & for additional information please contact Michael

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