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Xavier Williams


I strive to be a kind, compassionate, and thoughtful listener; am curious about and interested in people; and possess a genuine desire to help others. I help clients confront difficult issues, and accept themselves for who they are and who they want to be, whatever that means to them. My clients include professionals, musicians and other creatives; young people; and survivors of abuse and trauma.

Though I currently live in Canada, I have previously worked and studied in South Africa (Cape Town) and the United Kingdom (London). I am bilingual in French and English. 

Outside of counselling, I am a keen participant in several sports, including water polo, curling, cross-country skiing, running, cycling, and hiking. I also served for several years as a member of the board of directors of the Society of Existential Analysis of Canada, and co-host a bi-weekly podcast on how to live an existentially attuned life called The Existentialists Podcast.

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Education | Experience

B.A. History & Political Thought (University of Cape Town)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Master of Counselling Psychology (Adler University)

Graduate Diploma in Existential Counselling (GLE – International, Austria)

Therapeutic Approach

  • Existential

  • Gottman

  • Emotionally-focused couples therapy

Services Offered 

Individual Counselling

Struggling with identity, anxiety, depression; approaching death; processing grief; realizing potential; and seeking meaning. 

Relationship Counselling 

Structured counselling using tools from The Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).


“Thank you for your incredible professionalism during our sessions. I felt heard, understood in my sadness and my joy. I even felt interesting. Our sessions have encouraged me to continue my journey of self-growth.”

“I wanted to thank you for your profession, your vocation, your presence, your kind and hopeful words, your warmth, compassion, and your humanity towards me. For all that you have done for me and all that you continue to do for me, thank you.”

“Words truly fall short to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for all of your help over the past few years. Your patience and understanding have been truly valuable. The tools you have given me have helped me grow, as well as the exceptional counsel and advice that you have shared.”

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