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Evan B. Johnson

About Me

Hi my name is Evan. As a certified vocational rehabilitation professional and registered therapeutic counsellor, I empower people with tools to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals for quality of life. I facilitate self-knowledge, acceptance, skills, and growth. I assist individuals and groups with creating personal, family, and community changes. I  offer best-practice, person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approaches.


My services provide assistance to people experiencing disabling health and medical conditions, illnesses, injuries, impairments, limitations and/or barriers; those who want to enter, stay in, or return to life and work activities; people wanting to resolve personal problems, understand strengths and challenges, identify goals or make decisions, develop personal insight or knowledge, process difficult feelings and  thoughts; and people experiencing ambivalence or conflict about change. I live, work, and play in Penticton and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

I have a versatile and interdisciplinary background, which gives me access to the points where two or more fields come together. This is the case with health care, social services, and public administration. This promotes the synthesis of ideas and innovation. I transfer skills from past disciplines to encourage learning in new fields and adapt to changing situations. I like to embrace my passions, follow my curiosity and purpose, and enjoy discovering new interests and learning opportunities that encourage change and growth. 


I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and lived in Olympia, Washington for over 10 years before moving to British Columbia in 2017. I'm an American Canadian with mixed European (English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Germanic, Scandinavian, Jewish, Italian, Spanish) and Indigenous American-Mexican (from Oquitoa, Sonora and Tucson, Arizona regions) family ancestry. I acknowledge all my relations and family lineage in over 12 world regions. 

I have over fifteen (15) years of combined experience in direct client service and management roles in health, social, community, and government programs. These roles span across the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Washington State and British Columbia.

I like workplace cultures that are friendly and welcoming. I enjoy small groups that share ideas and talk about problems to reach decisions. I do my best work in calm, supportive, and quiet settings where I can focus on one task at a time, even if there are a variety of different tasks that allow use of creativity and systems thinking. I work well individually and in small teams (of 2-5 people) that value honesty, authenticity, and cooperation. I consider myself to be a catalyst for change with an inclination toward a perceptive leadership style.

As a person who is living in recovery from chronic complex trauma (CPTSD) and with an auditory processing condition (APD), I experience some diverse functional abilities and limitations, especially with how my brain and nervous system process and integrate sensory information. So, I prefer to conserve and use my energy in quieter places with less noise and visual/auditory stimulation. This supports my health, wellness, and sense of safety. It also helps to prevent a combination of cognitive and sensory overload. I do try to stay connected with the people, places, and things around me. 

I feel grateful to live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. For hobby and pleasure I enjoy outdoor recreation, adventures in nature, creative and performing arts, and more!

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