I am passionate about helping young men facing mental health challenges
My name is David Minor, and I started Solidarity Coaching and Counselling because I wanted to find a better way of helping young men who are facing mental health challenges. In Canada the male suicide rate is 3 times higher than women, but young men are much less likely to seek support for their problems. Even if they do attend counselling they often drop out before they can see any benefit from it.
Mental health professionals encourage guys to be more open to counselling but rarely do anything to change counselling to suit them (though there are some exceptions). I’ve tailored my approach to meet the unique needs of young men so they can improve their mental health and become who they want to be.
I give thanks to God for my life, family, friends and work that I love. I’m grateful to my family, and all the friends, mentors, pastors, coaches, counsellors and teachers who have inspired me and helped me to become the person I am today. I acknowledge that the land on which I live, work and play is the ancestral homeland of the Musqueum, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Coast Salish peoples.
TRAINING and experience
I have completed a Master of Social Work degree at the University of British Columbia. I am a Registered Social Worker (#14353) in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. Currently, I am working as a Mental Health Clinician with children and youth. In the past, I’ve worked with indigenous male youth who were transitioning out of government care to independence.
My primary method in counselling is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which emphasizes changing unhelpful beliefs and behaviour patterns to improve mental health. I also have training and experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which was designed for people with chronic suicidal behaviour and/or borderline personality disorder. Some other methods that inform my approach are Integrative Medicine, Complex Trauma Interventions, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Who i work with
I am passionate about working with young men facing mental health challenges between the ages of 13-35 and I am open to working with men and women of all ages.