Welcome to The Nurturing

Welcome to The Nurturing.  My name is  Carolann (CC) Gneist and I offer in person counselling to individuals and couples in the Victoria BC area, as well as online therapy to those elswhere in Canada and the UK.  I have a focus on self awareness, compassion and mindfulness, and my work is inspired by many great teachers including Carl Rogers, Gabor Mate, Bessel van De Kolk and Tara Brach, to name a few.

This site contains information about therapy, mindful self-compassion and bodymind medicine.

I am a long term student of Ron Kurtz Hakomi, and currently train with legacy holders Marcia Burton and Bob Malone on Salt Spring Island, BC.  More recently I have been involved in training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion, the work of Dr’s Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer.  They have done such pioneering research and development in the field of MSC, and I look forward to spreading these practises is upcoming workshops.  You will find details here of Mindful Self-Compassion Trainings held in British Columbia, California and the UK.



Personal Therapy

‘I started seeing Carolann about 2 years ago to work through some issues I was having in my personal life. Her approach, her amazing ability to listen without judgment, her inmensurable kindness and advice have seen me pull through and face my demons without the fear I always had.  Carolann is, in a word, amazing and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone seeking help’

Client, Sussex, UK

‘My time in counselling with Carolann was a rich journey of huge depth and self exploration for me spanning a few years. Through her professional and natural ability to offer and hold the therapeutic space for me with whatever I brought to the sessions, I experienced a genuine acceptance and understanding in all of my being, inviting me to enter into a process of deep self healing’

Client – Surrey, UK

‘From a woman who has tried and tested some of the UK’s leading therapists…….. You are simply fantastic!’

Michelle Zelli – Executive and Personal Coach


Michelle Zelli

Personal Development Workshops

Mental & Emotional Health | Carolann Gneist | Surrey

Mindful Self-Compassion Training in Victoria BC

8 Week Training April 1st - June 3rd 2019 Mondays 6.30pm-9.15pm


Mindful Self Compassion Training in Yucca Valley, California


Mindbody Health

‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food’ - Hippocrates

It is particularly important, when dealing with mental health challenges, that we recieve an adequate supply of energy in order to maintain and support the physical, mental and emotional body .

We can heal the body with the help of the mind and we can heal the with mind with support from the body.   We need a healthy gut to produce the brain chemicals needed for calm, clear, happy and motivated moods.  Our nervous system, digestion, joint health and general metabolism all play a part in getting us through mental health challenges.

The plant world has been assisting us with this need for thousands of years, and now we have the scientific research to understand it better. In Victoria I came across Univera, a heart centred company on a mission to bring the very best of nature to mankind.

Click here to find more about my journey with Univera and how the products may help you too.



Meditation | Retreat | California