Brenda Adams, M.D., RCC

Brenda Adams M.D., RCC, works as a counsellor in private practice in Duncan, BC, and is a Principal Faculty member with the City University in Canada Master of Counselling program on Vancouver Island. Her special interests include counselling those who have experienced violence, abuse, grief, and life-changing injuries. Drawing on the response-based approach developed by Allan Wade and colleagues, she developed a response-based approach to grief counselling, with special applications to counselling people after the death of a family member who abused them. She also combined her backgrounds in medicine and counselling to examine implications of leading edge epigenetic and gene-environment-interaction research for counselling and other social responses to violence.

Courses taught at CityUniversity

  • Introduction to Psychology Practice (CPC 501)
  • Practicum I, II, III (CPC 651, 652, 653)


2004-present: Counsellor, Private Practice

2009-2015: Counsellor (Part-Time), H’ulh-etun Health Society

2009-2010: Interim Internship Coordinator (Master of Counselling Program), City University of Seattle

2004: Assistant Trainer/Volunteer Counsellor Training Program, Cowichan Family Life Association


Doctorate in Medicine, University of Ottawa, 1983

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Association of Clinical Counsellors, 1993


City University of Seattle President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for significant and sustained contributions to the reputation and quality of the University’s Canadian Academic Program