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Arbour Counselling Office:


Tel  250.479.9912   Fax  250.704.0588

4277 Quadra St . Victoria . BC . V8X1L5

Richard Routledge, M.A.
Registered Clinical Counsellor, #2394

Richard is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 30 years of experience in counselling, therapy, and community rehabilitation.  Since 1985 he has provided counselling for children and youth, women, men, couples, families, and groups.  He is an adjunct faculty member of University of Victoria and City University, and has served in various leadership positions throughout his career, most recently as the executive director of BC Families in Transition from 2005 to 2013.  He is passionate about his work and joined Arbour Counselling Centre in August 2013.


Richard is an experienced clinical supervisor and trainer in the therapy field, and has been a presenter and guest lecturer on many topics including post-traumatic stress, grief and recovery, family relationships, parenting, mental health, alcohol and drug addictions, sexual health issues, organizational behaviour, and conflict resolution.  He served on the University of Victoria’s School of Social Work Community/Practice Advisory Committee as well as the steering committee for the Association of Family Serving Agencies, and was a board member for both the Victoria Family Violence Prevention Society and West Shore Child and Family Services Centre Society.  


Richard received his Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Alberta in 1990 and his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from University of Victoria in 2003.  He is a member of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. 


Born in Kingston, Ontario, Richard grew up in Edmonton with a one-year family sabbatical in Cambridge, England.  Before his teen years he acquired avid interests in chemistry and nuclear physics, astronomy, cryptography, electronics, and geography, but by the age of eighteen he had chosen family therapy as his career.  He married and started a family in his twenties, then moved with his wife and two children to Calgary in 1995 and Victoria in 1997.  Now that his children are grown, he and his family love to travel and Richard has developed an additional hobby as a musician and songwriter.  Of all these interests, however, he is particularly passionate about helping others work through conflict and adversity to achieve happiness and peace.

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