The word Pamati comes from my Mother's first language, Cebuano. It is a dialect from the Philippines. It means to listen, as in listening to our inner voices, our Ancestors and our hearts.
Hello, and welcome. My name is Michelle Wing. My Chinese name is Winterbamboo, which was given to me by my great Aunt Mona. I am a Queer cis woman from mixed Asian ancestry, including Filipino, Chinese and Vietnamese. I was born in Toronto, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. My pronouns are she/her/they/them.
I earned a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria, and a Masters in Social Work at the University of Fraser Valley. My research and focus for my MSW were on women of culture, who experience intimate partner violence and the housing crisis in Vancouver. My MSW also included clinical counselling in the Stop the Violence program, for women who experience violence.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Register Clinical Counsellor. I’ve worked front line in the mental health and addictions field for over five years. I’ve worked in one to one and group settings, including women’s groups, CBT and DBT groups. I started my career in 2004 working directly with Indigenous urban youth in a non-profit agency, led by a fearless Nisga'a warrior and leader who exposed me to decolonization practices early on. Since that time and along the way my practice has focused on anti-oppressive approaches, which aligns with my lived experience, and values. Throughout my career, I have focused on working with BIPOC self-identified women and girls and addressing PTSD, intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, and intimate partner violence.
The intersectional movements of MeToo, Idle No More, Standing Rock, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Investigations, Anti-Violence and Black Lives Matters informs my passion for healing justice and social justice therapeutic work.
When I’m not working, I enjoy forest baths and biking along the seawall with my two kids, hopping from beach to beach. I love daytime dance parties and pretending to be a DJ.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self- preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
- Audre Lorde
Working With Me
I prioritize working with Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, including folks of mixed ancestry and wanting to work with me on anti-violence, intimate partner violence issues, interpersonal relationships, identity, PTSD, and trauma. The approaches I use are grounded in Anti-Oppressive Practice, Trauma, Narrative Therapy and Somatic practices.
I use a harm reduction approach where I apply techniques in shame resilience, identifying strengths, and connection to navigate the process of recovery. I meet people where they are at in their use, be it substances, alcohol, eating, relationship, or sex.
In our session together, you will be listened to, respected, non-judged, held up and attended to. I will witness your courage, accountability and action towards your healing. In a collaborative manner, we will work towards healing the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.
"Healing justice means that we begin to value care, emotional labour and resilience, not as add-ons but as central components of sustainability that restore us to life."
- Prentis Hemphill
Areas of Practice
Decolonizing and Ancestory Practices
Anti-Oppression and Feminist Practices
Parenting and caregiving
Harm-reduction and substance use
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Frequently Asked Questions
How are sessions offered during COVID-19?
For the duration of COVID-19 and physical distancing, I am offering sessions by telehealth and phone. I offer sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 4:00 pm (UTC-08:00).
What are the fees?
$160 per 50-minute session for individuals who are 13+.
$190 per 80-minute session for individuals who are 13+.
$210 per 80-minute session for relationship counselling.
Receipts are provided to you with my registration numbers which you can submit for reimbursement through any EAP/EFAP, Extended Health, or other health insurance program, should you qualify.
Please contact your human resources department or insurer to confirm whether you are eligible for coverage of counselling services by a Registered Social Worker (RSW) or Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
E-transfers and Pay Pal are preferred forms of payment and can be made before or at the start of our session.
What financial coverage is available?
I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW). Revenue Canada recognizes Social Work as a health profession and exempts Registered Social Workers from charging GST for their clinical counselling services. Further, clinical services provided by RSWs can be claimed on clients' income tax returns. In accordance with the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC), the Government of Canada will reimburse recipients of clinical services that have expenses greater than $2,109 in 2012 or 3 percent of the taxpayer's net income. See here for information.
I am also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I am a registered with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and provide coverage for counselling services for people who access the Mental Wellness and Counselling Program (MWCP), the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS-RHSP), and the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) Program. For more information and eligibility please see here.