James Lowe

Hello and welcome. I am a counsellor and mindfulness teacher in Vancouver, BC. 


I offer individual and couples  counselling in South Vancouver for a wide range of issues.


I have online scheduling. We can correspond by phone, email or text before you schedule an appointment or you can go to the scheduling page by clicking on the button below.

I practice a range of counselling styles depending on your wishes, but I do like to incorporate mindfulness with classical psychotherapy. Western psychology does a good job of identifying issues and mindfulness practices offer a great way to change how you react to these issues.

My rate is $120 per hour.

Ever feel hassled trying to get to a retreat? 


Wouldn’t it be great if your retreat started when you got on the bus in Vancouver?


Get on the Yogi Bus. A retreat that starts and ends with a bus ride to and from the Retreat Centre. No Customs, Airports, Ferries or Gas Stations.


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E. Kent Ave, Vancouver BC



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My goals

Hello, I'm James Lowe and I'm a counsellor, psychotherapist and mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation teacher who practices cross cultural counselling.


My goal is to make good people great. You have a natural talent for contentment, creativity and generosity. Whether counselling or teaching, my aim is to help you discover your natural capacity for happiness and ease. Without losing track of what's practical, I strive for the ideal in you.


Right now, you can feel comfortable with who you are and what you have - instead chasing after the next best thing. With greater levels of personal contentment and worthiness, you can calmly deal with the challenge of everyday living. It's possible to lessen the nagging dissatisfaction in life. Through counselling and meditation, you can discover your natural capacity for joy and acceptance. You can re-define how you live.


The benefits of counselling and meditation include better decision making, less frustration, and greater efficiency. Counselling is an investment in yourself. No matter what you do or where you go, your mind is the most portable and transferable asset you have. 

I can help you as a counsellor or as a meditation teacher. If you meditate or have a spiritual practice I combine both the spiritual-meaning side of meditation with the counselling aspects of western psychology. I aim to support and guide you with practical tips so you can be comfortable in within yourself no matter what situation you are in.

About Me

If you are interested in seeing me as a counsellor or teacher, you may wish to know a bit about me.

I have a bachelors degree in Political Science from UBC and started working in social services in 1992. By 2002 I completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

I grew up playing hockey in Vancouver and as a adult started hiking, climbing and skiing. I love the outdoors and have completed a couple of Ironman Triathlons and some even longer recreational bike rides. Today I love to backpack the West Coast Trail and do day long hikes along the Sea to Sky highway.

As a professional, I started as an adult educator, then a manager, and then a psychotherapist. I've trained volunteers to work on crisis lines and as victim services volunteers. I've managed a transition house for abused women and overseen a range of counselling and education programs. I've taught triathletes, volunteers, massage therapists, and naturopathic doctors and I bring all of my teaching experience into the counselling sessions. Teaching adults has always been my interest. My goal as a counsellor is to help you learn about yourself.

In 2004 I started practicing mindfulness meditation and its has played a significant role in my life ever since. Every year I take three weeks off for a silent meditation retreat to deepen my mindfulness practice. In 2012, I completed Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leader Program so I can teach mindfulness classes. In 2017 I've started a four year training to become an Independent Authorized Retreat Teacher through Spirit Rock again. This four year program prepares me to teach residential meditation retreats in addition to the classes I teach in the city. I'm especially interested in the workable day-to-day practice of Lovingkindness and Mindfulness at work, home and community. I want bring these classical practices into the real world in a practical and relatable way.

Professional Experience



I've been teaching mindfulness in various organizations and schools since 2005.

College Instructor

I've been a  healthcare instructor since 2008 at a massage therapy and naturopathic school.

Clinical Counsellor

I've worked as a counsellor since 2005, and have over 20 years working in mental health.



I've lead various planning sessions and development workshops for businesses and agencies. 

Chair, Psychology

I've been The Chair of the Psychology Curriculum at Naturopathic medical school since 2012. 

Director of Operations

Make I've managed numerous programs including counselling, education and housing. 

Clinical Supervisor

I've coached, supported and advised counsellors and Naturopaths-in-training since 2013. 

Volunteer Manager

I've managed volunteers on Crisis Lines and Police Based Victim Services programs. 

Professional Training

Mindfulness Retreat Teacher

Started this 4 year program with Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in 2017.

NOLS Certificate

Earned an Leadership Certificate with the National Outdoor Leadership School in 2017. 

Organizational Change

Year long program with Immigrant Services Society on diversity and change in 1997.

Community Dharma Leader

Completed this 2.5 year program in 2012 with Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

Adult Education

Instructional technique and course development, Faculty of Education, UBC 1997.

Train the Trainers courses

Numerous 3 to 5 day workshops with the Justice Institute of B.C. 1996-2000

Counselling Psychologist

Earned a Masters of Arts Degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2002.

Guidance Studies

Diploma of Education from the Faculty of Education, UBC 1998.

NCCP Coaching Program

National Coaching Certificate Program level 1-3 Cycling 1990.


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