Olivia’s Therapy Book Club

Facilitator: Olivia Blander

Olivia’s Therapy Book Club


Sharon Salzberg’s

  Real Life : The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom

Join us for a series of six therapeutic group sessions where we will use the ideas and stories from this book as guidance and inspiration to explore our own personal journeys.

This will be an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who are seeking a space for deep inquiry and reflection while exploring tools for growth, and sharing joys and struggles of the human experience.


A total of 6 sessions held on Sundays from 4:30pm-6pm, from March 3 to April 14.

Space is limited to 6-8 participants

Investment: $360 + GST for 6 sessions

Location: #44 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 3H2

*A copy of the book is not included, you are responsible for buying/borrowing one. Options include the audiobook read by the author.

Contact us at (604)-924-6626 or info@lynnvalleycounselling.com  to secure your spot.


What is a therapy book club?

This group is designed as a type of group therapy, facilitated by a certified clinical counsellor, and offers many of the same benefits as individual therapy.

Group therapy can be a place…

  • to reflect and be heard
  • to find commonalities and benefit from feelings of connection
  • to consider differing perspectives
  • to be challenged, supported and inspired

In this format, you are welcome to share personal experiences to your own comfort level – nothing is required, and there may be days when you feel more comfortable just listening to the discussion.

Some of the topics on the agenda for the six sessions include:

  • identifying core values and how to align with them
  • being with difficult feelings and experiences
  • befriending ourselves
  • contemplative practices and tools
  • learning to live with authenticity
  • holding on vs. letting go
  • spaciousness, openness
  • acceptance; what can and can’t be controlled
  • how messages we received long ago are still affecting us today
  • loneliness; the power of connection and community
  • expanding our ideas of what is possible

Your facilitator is Olivia Blander, a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Olivia sees counselling as a way to offer others the support she has benefitted from in her own life. Inspired by the wonderful therapists she has been fortunate to work with, she feels honoured to support others through their healing process and as they seek peace, insight, growth and wellbeing. Outside of counselling, Olivia enjoys time with her dog Roo, cross-country skiing, travelling, gardening, baking, reading, knitting, photography and watching baseball.

Olivia’s full bio link here: https://lynnvalleycounselling.com/clinicians/olivia-blander/

Blog post: https://lynnvalleycounselling.com/blog/a-conversation-with-olivia-blander/

More about this book, and the author Sharon Salzberg

Some quotes about Real Life:

Real Life leaves us wiser, encouraged, courageous, and tender, more connected to our heart.” -Jack Kornfield

“In this inspiring and powerful book we are invited to open to our full potential for wisdom and love, and offered clear, practical guidance for living from that basic goodness.”

-Tara Brach

Real Life has the power to revolutionize the way we relate to ourselves and the world.”

-Valarie Kaur

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, NY Times bestselling author of thirteen books, and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is among the first to bring meditation to mainstream American culture 50 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers.




Get in touch

Looking for some support and guidance? Lynn Valley Counselling – we provide individual, couples, family, and group counselling for children, teens, and adults. Our registered therapists are trained in diversity awareness and committed to combating barriers to mental health. We’re here for you. Let’s talk.

Reach out today for a free, confidential consultation.




1 (604) 924-6626 


Lynn Valley Centre (#44-1199) Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver BC, V7J 3H2.

Clinic hours: 8:30 AM – 9:00 Monday-Friday. By appointment only.

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