"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quyn began her life journey in Canada in 1994 as a fourteen-year-old blind refugee from Vietnam with no education and a few English words. Quyn has since overcome many life challenges in order to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a very well-rounded and exceptional therapist who is deeply committed to helping others achieve a sense of empowerment and emotional well-being in their lives. Quyn's unique life experience has led her to become a very perceptive, empathic and non-judgmental therapist who is very sensitive to, compassionate of and deeply touched by human emotional pain.
Credential and Experience in Counselling
"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." - Benjamin Disraeli
Quyn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She obtained a Master's degree in counselling psychology at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor's degree in psychology at McMaster University.
Currently Quyn is the Stopping the Violence Counsellor at the Powell River Transition House Society. In this role, she is passionately supporting women who have experienced, or are experiencing, abuse or violence in their lives. Some of these women were physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused in their childhood. Other women have left abusive partners or husbands and are trying to recover from the trauma and learn to trust again. Yet other women are desperately trying to leave their current relationships and are afraid to do so. Quyn feels very privileged to be able to empower these women and help them transform their lives.
Since 2011, Quyn runs her own private practice, Quyn Lê Empowered Living, first in Vancouver and now in Powell River, BC. In her practice, Quyn has provided counselling services for WorkSafe BC, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Crime Victim Assistance Program as well as Employee and Family Assistance Program.
In addition to her role as a clinical therapist, Quyn is a very passionate and powerful motivational Public speaker. She has been invited to speak at various types of setting, including TEDxSFU Conference, Lions Club events, university classes, schools and radio shows. Her trying story as a boat person, a Vietnamese refugee, a blind woman, a clinical therapist, together with her inspiring messages, have deeply touched the hearts of thousands of people and have changed their lives. Quyn is very grateful to have a deep impact on others.
Quyn has worked at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), providing counselling and support groups to individuals who were afflicted by sight loss and had to learn to navigate their new lifepaths using their inner vision rather than their outer vision. She also provided these individuals' families education and encouragement to promote life adaptation and social integration for individuals without sight.
For a number of years, Quyn was the Patient and Family Counsellor in a palliative and hospice care program at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. There she provided end-of-life counselling for patients with terminal illness as well as bereavement counselling for those who lost their loved ones. During her rigorous training, Quyn provided counselling to students at Langara College in Vancouver as well as adults at a community counselling clinic through Simon Fraser University. She also volunteered at a community crisis line for a number of years, providing supportive telephone counselling to callers who were suicidal and depressed.