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Arbour Counselling Office:


Tel  250.479.9912   Fax  250.704.0588

4277 Quadra St . Victoria . BC . V8X1L5

Joel Durkovic, M.A., Director
Registered Clinical Counsellor, #2125
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, #2017723
RMFT Supervisor

Joel Durkovic brings a rich history of clinical experience to his counselling practice.  A professional counsellor since 1997, he spent six rewarding years as part of a counselling practice group in the Chicago suburbs.  In 2003 he moved with his wife and two children to Victoria and in 2007  founded  Arbour Counselling Centre.  Joel provides counselling services to individuals, couples, and families, and he facilitates group and individual supervision for the Arbour team of six Registered Clinical Counsellors.


Joel’s specialized training and experience as a marriage and family therapist gives a unique, systemic perspective of working with families, couples, and individuals.  He is adept with helping couples navigate through conflict and grow in relationship satisfaction, and he offers an ongoing clinical assessment program for couples facing life transitions.  Joel also has special interest in working with individuals, families, and couples on issues of anxiety, depression, loss and grief, cross-cultural concerns, spiritual growth, and challenges faced by adolescent boys.


Joel received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1997.  He has been licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since 2000, first with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and now with the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has also been a member of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors since 2003.  In August 2016, he completed his clinical supervisor training and received the designation of RMFT Supervisor.


Having spent fifteen of his childhood years in Guatemala, Central America, Joel is fluent in both English and Spanish and has a depth of understanding of the Latin American culture.  Prior to becoming a therapist, Joel worked as a systems analyst with Andersen Consulting in the United States and Europe.  He also served for three years in Guatemala with Youth for Christ, developing and challenging young people to growth and maturity.

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