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Tansi, Stefanie niiya

Hello, I’m Stefanie

Let’s get to know each other

My name is Stefanie Coutu (she/her/hers). I am a registered social worker in Prince Rupert, BC, on ancestral and unceded territories of Ts’msyen Peoples. As a Métis woman and settler, I extend my gratitude for their custodianship and care of these lands and all who live here. My work is tied to land and waters, which provide nurturance, protection, beauty, teachings, and healing.

Professional headshot of Stefanie Coutu, featured smiling in Métis beadwork earrings and wearing a blue wool sweater.


I have more than a decade of experience in diverse health and social service settings, including clinical counselling. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings, including health clinics, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and private practices. A major focus in my work has been on managing chronic mental health concerns and the role of vocational rehabilitation—work, volunteering, education, and recreation—in mental health recovery. Today, I balance my work here with my role as a clinician in public mental health and substance use services. I am most drawn to cultural, mindfulness, body, and land based healings.


I hold a BA in Psychology and French, and a Master of Social Work. My commitment to lifelong learning involves attending regular trainings and learning from those around me. Central themes of my coursework have been couples and family counselling, and trauma and resilience. Upcoming education goals include completing an EMDR therapy certification in autumn 2024.


I cherish people, culture, travel, and nature. I enjoy movement and sport, connecting over good food, and (above all) good coffee. Outside of our sessions, you can find me exploring trails, swimming, running, and creating stained glass art. Taking care of myself means also taking care of my community, so in my free time I volunteer as a board director for the local Métis society. Self-care also means seeking balance, compassion, and purpose in everything I do.

As per the Métis way of kaa-wiichitoyaahk—we take care of each other—I’m here to support you and look forward to speaking with you!


My Qualifications

  • BA in Psychology and French

  • Master of Social Work

  • Registered social worker (BCCSW reg. #15566)

  • Member of the BCASW

  • Member of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada

  • Indigenous End-of-Life Guide (Doula)

  • 200 YTT and specialized trainings

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills

  • Vocational rehabilitation (IPS, Job Development for Diversity)

  • Indigenous Cultural Safety

  • I speak English, French, and Spanish

Golden hour along the Skeena River near Prince Rupert, BC.

My Favourite Things

  • Being outdoors

  • Gathering with family, friends, and community

  • Discovering a good book

  • Coffee dates

  • Dogs

  • Wild swimming

  • A clean living space

  • Sunny weather


My Logo

My logo, co-created and designed by Rudy Paras, draws inspiration from prairie sweet grass, a traditional Métis plant with medicinal properties.

The circle shape symbolizes holistic healing and methods that cultivate balance, connection, and relationships.

Stefanie Coutu, Social Work & Counselling Services logo and text in navy.
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