COUNSELLING

Clinical Counsellors

Lisa Moore - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults and Family Therapy 

SPECIALTIES: Play Therapy, Special Needs Advocacy and Diagnosis, Anxiety, Depression, Career Counselling, Addictions, LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal Issues, Grief

Lisa Moore, ma
MA Counselling Psychology, RCC, CCC
Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Certified Play Therapy Supervisor

Languages: English & French

It’s my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives. Many of us experience loss, grief or unhappiness as we transition from one role to another in our daily lives. 

It’s my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from any of these experiences: 

  • Dreams you don’t achieve
  • Changes in career
  • Diagnosis of a child with special needs
  • A loved one entering long term care
  • Divorce from a spouse 
  • Beginning of a new marriage
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I am also licensed through CCPA and hold a CCC license. I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University and began working in my own private practice in 2016.  Before going back to school to pursue my masters, I worked as a senior executive in sales and marketing.  I believe that my unique education has allowed me to help people grow and develop and create change for themselves.

About 10 years ago, I became involved in helping a family with special needs children and it was through that journey that I came to the work I am most passionate about; helping parents of special needs families. Using play therapy, I am able to access children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism and other types of learning disabilities.

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

  • Personal development
  • Assertiveness / Boundaries
  • Depression, anxiety & panic disorders
  • Phobias
  • Past or recent trauma or abuse
  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Addictions
  • Divorce, separation and blended families
  • Eating disorders and addictions
  • Life transitions
  • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues
  • Communication building
  • Grief counselling
  • Career planning

CHILD AND YOUTH THERAPY

  • Child play therapy
  • Self esteem and confidence coaching
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career exploration with youth
  • Dealing with separation and divorce from the child and parents perspective
  • Helping parents and children with strategies to deal with ADHD and ADD
  • Assessments for Autism, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder 

PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY AND MEDIATION:

  • Access to assessments and diagnosis
  • Psycho-educational, Autism, ADHD testing
  • Referral to local psychologists for assessments and testing
  • Referral to local behavioural consultants and creating a behavioural intervention team
  • Mediation with school districts and IEP planning
  • Access to 3rd party funding and Ministry of Children and Family case workers
  • Completing government and agency paperwork to obtain funding, therapy and resources
  • Family planning at transitional ages: birth, school age and adult

 

      Marianne Cottingham - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Youth, Adults, Couples, Families, Co-parents, Groups

      SPECIALTIES:  Conflict Resolution, Parent Education, Blended Families, Divorce/Separation, Anger Management

      Marianne Cottingham, ma
      Clinical Counsellor (CCC)

      Languages: English

      My mission is to help you navigate the difficulties and challenges you’re facing. Whether it’s family conflict, separation/divorce, past trauma, substance misuse or life transitions, there’s no better time to work through it. 

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      I am a licensed Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the CCPA. I completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have continued my education since graduating, and I am currently completing a certificate program in Child and Family Forensics. 

      Through my professional and personal experience, I’ve found that the BC family law system isn’t the best setting to resolve family issues related to children. I’m passionate about helping parents be the best they can be for their children outside of a courtroom.

      Services I provide include: 

      • Individual and couples counselling
      • Co-parent counselling
      • Divorce coaching 
      • Group counselling and classes for parents and anger management 

      I specialize in the areas of family conflict, parenting and high conflict separation and divorce. 

      To read more about my approach to therapy and the specific services I offer, feel free to explore my personal website at www.congruentcounselling.ca.

      Desiree Dsilva - Counsellor
      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples

      SPECIALTIES: Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem,  Play Therapy, Behaviour Intervention, Supporting parents with Autism/adhd/odd diagnoses

      Desiree D’silva, m.ED
      MA Counselling Psychology, CCC, Clinical Counselor

      Languages: English

      I am an EMDR and Play based therapist who works with children, youth and adults. I am deeply committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space where my clients can explore their emotions, gain insight into their experiences, and develop effective coping strategies. My therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration, as I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a crucial aspect of the healing process.

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      EMDR is a powerful and evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be highly effective in treating trauma, PTSD, and a wide range of other emotional issues. I have undergone extensive training and certification in EMDR, and I am passionate about helping my clients unlock their natural healing process. In addition to EMDR, I integrate various therapeutic modalities and techniques tailored to each individual’s unique needs and goals. I am dedicated to providing a warm, supportive, and confidential environment where clients can feel heard and understood.
      Tejinder Sandhu - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Youth, Adults, Couples, Parents, and Families

      SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Personal development, Grief, Life Transitions, Suicidal Ideation, Anger, Abuse, Addiction, Conflict Resolution, Divorce/Separation, Boundaries, LGBTQ, Family member with Chronic illness

      Tejinder Sandhu, MC
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, & Urdu

      My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties. When life challenges us, it results in emotional and psychological stress in our lives. My mission is to support you in regaining control. 

      There are times where the challenges we face in our daily lives become too difficult to manage on our own. We may need someone to talk to. I can help navigate those who are looking to add meaning and purpose to their lives, generating motivation, and driving direction. The ability to achieve wellness and stability in our lives, exists somewhere inside each and every single one of us.

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      The disconnection we experience from the things that bring us happiness and joy may cause us to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by stress. My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties that may have you feeling stuck and under pressure. Lifes challenges result in emotional and psychological stress in our lives and my mission is to support you in regaining control.

      My work stems from a holistic and integrative approach which includes mindfulness, breath work, and evidence-based modalities such as CBT, ACT, and DBT. I believe it is important to have a well-stocked arsenal of techniques as it enables me to effectively meet my clients needs. I assist my clients in accepting life challenges, discovering their strengths and abilities, and committing to change. My warm, gentle, empathetic, and attentive approach allows my clients to feel validated, empowered, and hopeful. I work from a variety of perspectives and work towards building self-compassion into your daily life.

      I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling. I have several years of experience working with youth on the Autism spectrum as a Behaviour Interventionist.

      I have experience working with a broad range of mental health difficulties along with life challenges. I have worked alongside parents and teachers. My main areas of focus are those who present with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. I also work with those who have experienced grief/loss, life transitions (school, work, moving), anger, and conflict resolution. I have experience helping support clients in setting boundaries in place, regaining control in their lives, and practicing self-compassion and mindfulness. My background provides me with an understanding to work with couples and families through a range of issues. Throughout my years of experience, I have also worked with those who identify as LGBTQ.

      My warm, gentle, and compassionate nature allows me to build trust/rapport with my clients and allows me to create a safe place to openly share all thoughts and feelings. Ever since I incorporated self-compassion and mindfulness into my own life, I have responded to challenges in my life with kindness and understanding towards myself. By soothing and comforting ourselves when we’re hurting, we offset self-criticism and feelings of failure. I believe mental health is just as important as physical health. My duty is to join you on your path towards creating space for healing, change, and improved sense of well-being.

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Young adults, Adults, seniors

      SPECIALTIES: Chronic illness/ pain, anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, grief and loss

       

      Stacey Zimmermann
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English

      My passion for counseling has been consistently stirred by my own life experiences and need for support during, what felt like, impossible obstacles. It was not that long ago that I was the person sitting across from a counselor, using up all the Kleenex, feeling rejected, hurt, angry and hopeless. My feelings of defeat in that counseling room were met every time with compassion, empathy, understanding and the belief that tomorrow always provides the opportunity to begin again. I gained tools and resources and faced tremendous growth and self-reflection. Right now, so many people are tired, worn out and struggling with the day to day, believing that they are stuck and very much alone. My hearts passion is to help you see, that tomorrow always provides a new opportunity.

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      I believe that every individual has the potential and the capacity to face hardship with strength and resiliency. My passion is to help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of their lives to discover their own strengths in the face of adversity and to celebrate the best versions of themselves. Through the therapeutic relationship I desire to create a collaborative, safe, non-judgmental and vulnerable space where clients can come to be seen, heard and known. 

      Whether through unexpected or planned life transition, challenging circumstances or relationship, the daily battle with chronic illness and/or pain, or simply seeking to become the best version of themselves, my passion is to provide individuals with coping skills, management strategies and resources to gain self-confidence and motivation to move from where they are to where they want to be. I believe that our past influences our present but does not define our future. 

      I have completed both my Undergraduate degree in Psychology and hold my Graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth and Adults

      SPECIALTIES: Mental Health, Suicidal Ideation, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Cross-Cultural Barriers, LGBTQIA+

      Ritu Khajuria, MC
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English & Punjabi 

      Pronouns: She/Her

      When we give ourselves an opportunity to be vulnerable and unpack and express our thoughts and feelings; this allows the healing process to begin. My goal is to provide a platform for clients who can find comfort in an environment where they feel safe, heard and connected.

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      I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counselling.

      I have experience working with children, youth and adults who face challenges in mental health, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, cross-cultural barriers and anger management. I am an LGBTQIA+ supporter and have worked closely with children and their families.

      My aim for my clients is to gain self-confidence, cope with anxiety and to provide customized skills and strategies.

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Young Adults, Adults, Families, Couples

      SPECIALTIES: Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Fears, Grief, Trauma, Anger Management, Relationship Concerns, Life Transitions, Personal development, Addiction

      Jane Yoon, MA
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English and Korean

      I hope to provide you with a safe place to reflect and articulate your feelings and thoughts. When you can name your struggles, you can begin tackling your problems. I hope to guide and support you in your journey to rediscovering yourself, your voice, and renewed hopes for your future. Nothing is more meaningful and rewarding than celebrating with people who overcome their life struggles and come out empowered with hope.

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      I completed a Masters degree in Mental Health and Marriage & Family Counselling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, from the United States. I have worked with college students and people of various ages in an outpatient unit at a hospital. My treatment and therapy methodology approach consists of an integrative approach that comprises multiple techniques, such as CBT, Strength-Based, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Existentialism.

      Prior to pursuing my Masters degree in Counselling, I completed a Masters in Divinity and have worked for more than ten years in a faith community. I welcome clients wanting to integrate faith into their counselling sessions. I am also fluent in Korean and familiar with Korean culture for clients who feel more comfortable expressing themselves in Korean.

      My areas of specialization include the following: depression, anxiety & panic disorders, self-Esteem, assertiveness & boundaries, grief counselling, personal development, relationship and couples counselling, fears & phobias, addictions, eating disorders, anger Management, life transitions, and past or recent trauma.

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults

      SPECIALTIES: Play Therapy, Behavioural Intervention, Self-Regulation, Family Dynamics, Pregnancy, Pre-natal, Post-natal, Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem, Personal Development and Education, Conflict Resolution, Boundaries

      Efrosini Stratidakis, MC
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English, Greek

      It isn’t easy to seek support, but here you are. You’ve already jumped over a very tough hurdle! I bring warmth and compassion to each interaction and believe in the innate ability we all have to heal and grow. It’s my goal to help you find a deeper appreciation and understanding of self and to expand your capacity for lifelong resiliency in a space where you feel seen and heard. 

      Life is tough sometimes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unable to cope, I can help you. I am passionate about helping children and youth become empowered and in charge of their thoughts. If your child is having a hard time with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, I am here to support as well. You are not alone.

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      I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Masters of Counselling from City University and currently, I am working towards becoming a Certified Play Therapist. Prior to counselling, I worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for nearly 10 years. It was this role as an early childhood educator that ignited my desire to help children through the challenges of life with more depth and meaning. It fuelled my curiosity around attachment theory and how adverse childhood experiences affect the developing brain, impacting children’s emotional and developmental trajectory. Which ultimately filters into our lives as adults. 

       

      I am passionate about helping young children, youth, and adults process their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that grants them the awareness that they are truly capable and worthy. Through a person-centered, holistic and collaborative approach, my practice aims to help shift unhelpful thinking and exercise healthy coping. I’ll help you identify the physiological responses, process the root cause and learn effective self-regulation to make daily life feel lighter and more enjoyable.  I am equally as enthusiastic to work with caregivers and families to support in better understanding the why behind behaviours, strategies for dealing with diverse needs, and personal struggles.   

       

      My approach is integrative and based on your unique needs; I may utilize CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Practices, Play Therapy and Psychoeducation. I work within a range of areas such as:

      • Emotional Regulation
      • Coping Skills
      • Boundaries
      • Stress
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Early childhood development
      • Parenting
      • Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum
      • Trauma
      • Divorce/Separation
      • Life Transitions
      • Family dynamics
      • Self-esteem
      • Grief and loss

       

      Everyone deserves a safe, trusting space to share and unpack their story. It would be an honour to walk alongside you as you rise through this and find inner peace. 

      Counsellors - Colleen

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Family Therapy

      SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Family dynamics, Parenting, Self-harm, Self Confidence

       

      Colleen Vantol
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC) 

      Languages: English

      I endeavor to support people to grow through their pain, embrace their realities and move with purpose through life’s many chapters.

      My goal is to meet you where you are at and foster building resiliency that will guide you forward with each new challenge life presents. Working together we will build self-confidence, compassion and deepen understanding.

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      Remember changing your life takes courage, I am here for you and provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere to support your growth. Reach out if you are:

      • A new parent or having parenting challenges.
      • Struggling with your mental health or addiction.
      • Facing a career change or feeling unsatisfied with your current career.
      • Feeling stuck.
      • Unsatisfied in your relationship.
      • Scared you are not reaching your full potential.

      Since completing my Masters in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University, the collective at Crossroads has supported me to strengthen my clinical skills through creating opportunities for personal growth and reflection.

      I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology Major from Simon Fraser University in 2001 and between then and now I have acted as a personal counsellor, a group facilitator, a visitation & access supervisor, a family worker and a parent educator which entailed completing parenting assessments.  Further to this I foster parented a youngster who had fetal alcohol syndrome and have worked with neurodiverse populations across all faucets of my professional career.

      I believe that we all have the capacity for personal excellence and it is my contagious enthusiasm for life that I hope to pass along to you during our session time together. I am empathic, genuine in my interventions and compassionate to all cultural, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds. I will meet you with warmth, trust and respect.

      You are not alone, every journey starts with a single step.

      At times, we all wonder if our present-day realities are aligned with our intended paths. Was it the right time? The right job? The right relationship? Is this as good as it gets? Am I happy? Am I fulfilled? If you experience anxiety, depression, confusion or simply feel alone, counselling can offer opportunities for a deeper sense of connection to yourself, your relationships, and your life. I am here to walk alongside of you, to listen to your goals, desires and needs. Whether it is sharing long kept secrets, traumas, or personal revelations I am here to connect with you.

      The following list below are my areas of specialization:

      • Supporting change/transitions.
      • Overcoming barriers.
      • Building confidence, self-esteem and sense of self.
      • Depression & anxiety.
      • Managing intense feelings, emotional regulation and anger management.
      • Past or recent trauma or abuse.
      • Parenting challenges.
      • Relationship and couples counselling.
      • Infidelity.
      • Addictions.
      • Divorce, separation and blended families.
      • Navigating strained relationships.
      • Life transitions.
      • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues.
      • Communication building.
      • Grief counselling.
      • Career planning.
      • Family planning at transitional ages: birth, school age and adult.
      • Personal goal attainment.
      • Issues with body image, health & ablism.
      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Youth, Couples

      SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Self Esteem, Emotional Empowerment, Emotional Regulation, Health & Nutrition, Life Coaching, Couples, Relationships, Stress Management

      Charlene Forbes
      MA Clinical Counsellor, BA, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

      Languages: English

      Hello! My name is Charlene Forbes and I am counsellor, health coach and yoga teacher and I am passionate about mental health and embrace a holistic, biopsychosocial client-centered approach in helping clients. It’s my goal to help, heal and empower clients through the challenges and uncertainties of life within a collaborative, safe, empathetic, culturally responsive, open therapeutic alliance. My tailored approach is premised on making clients feel comfortable, validated, and understood and to help make sense and resolve the anxieties and issues clients face so they can achieve personal goals. 

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      Life by its very nature is uncertain and comes with challenges, life transitions, grief, unexpected loss, illness, and change, and I am here to help make sense and help resolve the anxieties and issues that come along with it. I specialize in deconstructing and dismantling sociocultural pressures, childhood and family issues and trauma that can manifest into poor self worth and self esteem, eating disorders, overthinking, depression and anxiety. I am here to help you manage these issues, learn, heal and create long term sustainable strategies so you can live a peaceful and content life.

      I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and experienced yoga and meditation teacher and I embrace a holistic, mindfulness-based approach to mental health and wellness looks at how an individual’s overall life impacts their psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional well- being. My approach is to help clients navigate their issues and problems within a safe, culturally responsive, collaborative empathetic, nonjudgmental, open space where we can build a therapeutic relationship designed to meet your needs.

      I am passionate about mental health, physical health, disease prevention, healing, and emotional empowerment.  Life by its very nature is uncertain and comes with challenges, life transitions, grief, unexpected loss, illness, and change, and I am here to help make sense and help resolve the anxieties and issues that come along with it. I specialize in deconstructing and dismantling sociocultural pressures, childhood and family issues and trauma that can manifest into poor self worth and self esteem, eating disorders, overthinking, depression and anxiety. I am here to help you manage these issues, learn, heal and create long term sustainable strategies so you can live a peaceful and content life.

      I also specialize in pre-marital, couples and relationship counselling helping clients identify their unmet needs, resolve issues and help create emotional safety, mutual understanding through effective communication promoting long lasting healthy connections.

      My specialities include Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Self Esteem, Emotion Regulation, Stress Management, Life Coaching, Mindfulness-Based and Yoga Based Techniques, Health and Wellness, Couples Counselling, Relationship counselling, Separation/Divorce, Trauma, Eating Issues and Life Coaching, and Emotional Empowerment.

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Family Therapy

      SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Family dynamics, Parenting, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Self Confidence and Self-esteem, Racial Identity, Stress Management, Time Management, Boundaries, Career Planning, Relationships.

      Amiebi (Aime) Bamgboye
      Clinical Counsellor (CCC)

      Languages: English

      When we go through several trials, challenges, and situations in life, we need an outlet to express ourselves. In the moment of life’s difficulties, it becomes even more difficult to acknowledge our previous successes or embrace our inner strengths. For me, I have found that talking helps. It is a starting point to achieving inner healing and overall mental wellness.

      My goal is to provide encouragement, support, and strength and help people in all walks of life struggling and in need of help. I am ready to meet you where you are with the hopes that together, we can get you to your goal through mutual respect and understanding. 

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      I have come to learn and believe that humans can attain self-actualization when provided with the right support, tools, and skills. I align with CBT orientation as I believe having the proper mindset helps individuals morph into the best versions of themselves, thus achieving self-actualization. I also use Rogers’s person-centred approach in my work because the client is the expert of their own lived experiences.

      I completed my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University with a BA in Health Science major and Gerontology Minor and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. With over ten years of experience volunteering and working with children and families, I found myself with a strong passion for counselling.

      It will be a huge privilege to work alongside you as we journey together to help you through life circumstances and find healing.

      The following are areas I can support you with:  

      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Family Dynamics
      • Parenting
      • Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum
      • Self Confidence and Self-Esteem
      • Racial Identity
      • Stress Management
      • Time Management
      • Boundaries
      • Career Planning
      • Relationships

       

      Counsellor - Loretta

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children (10 years and up) & Youth and Adults

      SPECIALTIES: College and/or Career Planning, Communication, Relationship Building, Neurodiverse Individuals including Children & Youth (as well as supporting Parents), Self-Regulation, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Abuse, Phobias, Wellness, Grief and Loss, Addictions, Life transitions, Self-Esteem Building

      Loretta Thorgeirson
      Clinical Counsellor

      Languages: English

      I believe we all go through struggles and experiences in life where we may need extra support to rise above. If you feel overwhelmed, perhaps I could be of help or a resource for you to find the steps, opportunities or solutions to overcome the obstacles you face.

      I would be deeply honored to work alongside you to help you find your road to healing and recovery. I provide an empathetic and holistic approach to building trust and open communication within our counselling relationship.

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      My purpose in life has always been to help others.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor through BCACC and have a MEd in Counselling. In addition, I have completed my Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education and my BA in Child and Youth Care.

      In my practice, I believe in using a Person-Centered and Solution-Focused approach to help guide my clients to discover their abilities, skills and strategies that are useful as they move forward in their healing. Working with my clients has granted me the opportunity to build positive connections using a strength-based approach and mindful strategies to help them regulate their emotions, problem-solve, and increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

      Over the past 20 years, I have supported students in the school system in my current and past careers from elementary to high school. My current role as a School Counsellor allows me to support children and youth to ensure they have a valuable, inclusive, educational experience. Some areas of support include helping the student who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, or trauma, or regarding their social-emotional, or behavioural needs. I may support my students in a variety of ways including one-to-one or small group sessions or use an in-class approach. Some therapeutic strategies include Sand Tray Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, and strength-based, person-centred methods. My previous role as an Integration Support Teacher gave me the opportunity to work alongside students, families, school teams and community partners to support children with neurodiverse needs such as autism, FASD, and ADHD.

      Some of the areas where I can support you are:

      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Trauma
      • Abuse
      • Anger Management
      • Stress management
      • Emotional regulation
      • Relationships
      • Personal development
      • School issues
      • Career planning
      • Burnout
      • Phobias
      • Communication
      • Setting Boundaries
      • Self-Esteem
      • Grief and loss
      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Adolescents, Parents, and Adult Females

      SPECIALTIES: Trauma, Children, Neurodiversity, ADHD and Autism, Parent/Child Relationships and Aboriginal Issues

      Nisha Sangwan, Ph.D
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English, Hindi and Gujarati

      My passion and primary focus lie in the realm of trauma. I believe that every individual is unique, and one approach cannot be ideal. I encourage my clients to consider a curious perspective towards their thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and memories. I also incorporate tools to help my clients loosen the grip of unhelpful narratives, thought patterns and self-beliefs.

      I am a Registered Clinical Counselor with BCACC. I did my master’s in counseling psychology in school and youth concentration from Adler University, Vancouver.

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      Mental health issues, especially traumatic experiences and major life stressors can significantly impact our daily lives, and make us feel disconnected from ourselves, our loved ones, and other important aspects of our lives. I believe that building such connections is the key to healing. Hence, my work focuses on helping my clients build healthier perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships.

      With this, I attempt to use a holistic approach in counseling, bringing together emotion, thoughts, and the body. I use different modalities with my clients like CBT-Trauma Informed lens, DBT, Emotional Freedom tapping techniques, Brain Spotting, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and ACT.

      I am experienced in working with clients dealing with :

      Depression

      Anxiety

      Trauma

      ADHD

      OCD

      Anger Management

      LGBTQ

      Parenting

      Parent-child relationship 

      Grief and loss 

      Child and Youth therapy :

      Child play therapy

      Self-esteem and motivation 

      Anxiety and depression

      ADHD 

      OCD

      Separation anxiety 

      Dealing with parents divorce

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Youth, Groups

      SPECIALTIES: Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertive Communication/Boundaries, Critical Incident Stress Management, Depression, Domestic Violence, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Trauma (including EMDR)

      AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY

       

      Geri-Lynn Rempel
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Virtual Counsellor

      Languages: English

      This is your journey. Only you have lived your life and become the person you are today. You know what you need, or maybe you just know you want something different, and I’m here to walk that path with you.

      I offer non-judgmental, collaborative, client-centered, strengths-based support to help you process whatever it is you are working through. One of the things I enjoy most about this work is being able to help adults and youth become empowered again– remind them that they are stronger than they think, that many of the resources or answers are already there, waiting to be uncovered.

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      Some of the hardships I have assisted people with are:

      • Past traumas that they feel “stuck” with.
      • Recent traumas and feeling overwhelmed.
      • Working through panic attacks and other anxiety disorders
      • Improving communication in relationships
      • Working out boundaries and creating plans for difficult conversations

      I have had the good fortune to be supporting people since 2007, when I began working in Mental Health and Addictions. I always knew that I wanted to be a trauma counsellor (growing up with a first responder for a father was bound to do that to one of us 4 kids), so I knew I needed to continue with my education and experience. In 2010 I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree and began working as a Probation Officer. While I enjoyed working with people and facilitating groups, probation was not where I ultimately wanted to be so I pursued my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. After completing that practicum in 2013 and facilitating trauma groups, I began work as a trauma counsellor in a local non-profit, assisting women who had experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and/or domestic violence. More recently I have been working as a generalist counsellor, supporting people with a wide variety of issues/concerns.

      My areas of specialization are:

      • Addictions
      • Anger Management
      • Anxiety
      • Communication/Boundaries
      • Critical Incident Stress
      • Depression
      • Domestic Violence
      • Self-Esteem
      • Stress Management
      • Trauma

      I use the following modalities when working with clients:

       

      • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
      • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy
      • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
      • Mindfulness
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Narrative Therapy
      • Psychoeducation
      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor
      DEMOGRAPHIC: Individuals, Youth, Parents, Couples, Groups

      SPECIALTIES: Life Transitions, Parenting, Divorce/Separation, Anger management/Conflict resolution, Grief/Loss,  Depression/Anxiety, Trauma or abuse, Personal Development

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      Darlene Mathews, MA

      Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Registered Social Worker & Virtual Counsellor

      Languages: English

      Mental health is a critical element of a fulfilling life. Yet, for some, it is just a mirage. As we transition through life, we experience unhappiness, anxiousness, depression, grief, and loss, which can have negative effects on our mind, body and soul and even negatively impact those around us. Although reaching out to a counsellor can make a person feel vulnerable it is through that vulnerability that assists us in building self-esteem, confidence and resilience to move forward in our lives.  

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      In my practice, I emphasize creating a trusting professional relationship using compassion, empathy and understanding your circumstance more clearly. With added support and education, we can alleviate the current intensity of the struggle or difficult situation.

      I am a Registered Clinical counsellor and a Registered Social Worker and have been in private practice for over 20 years. I have worked in the health field as counsellor, advocate, coach, and group facilitator assisting people in the areas of:

      • Child development and Parenting Struggles
      • Suicide ideation and mental health in Children
      • Separation and Divorce
      • Depression and Anxiety / Mood Disorders
      • Grief and Loss counselling
      • Past or Recent Trauma
      • Communication / Anger Management
      • Assertiveness and Boundaries
      • Life Transitions
      • Personal development
      • Relationship and couples counselling
      • Eating disorders and addictions
      • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues

      Some tools/training that I use in my sessions

      • CBT
      • Emotion regulation
      • Resilience building
      • Sleep Hygiene

      I practice and value the client centered model knowing that you have your own answers. At this time in your personal or professional struggle, you may simply require different and unique questioning to come to a clearer understanding of your current situation. The single most important first step is to align with someone you will quickly know, like and trust so that you can be as open and honest as your forge a new path for yourself.  I am intuitive, astute and personable and would be honored to join you on your journey to a deeper understanding of your resilience and personal development.

      Counsellor - Rubina

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Youth and Adults

      SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Cultural Adaptation, Life Transitions, Work/Academic Stress, Relationship Issues, Personality Problems, Pre-natal and Post-natal Issues

      Jungeun Yu, MA
      MA in Counseling and Guidance, RCC
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English & Korean

      From birth to death, we constantly move between the spectrum of stability and fragility. No one’s always firm, and no one’s always vulnerable. No one’s entirely powerless or one hundred percent stoic in the face of challenging circumstances. Counselling cannot immediately alter the external factors of your situation, but it can encourage a better response from you. I wish, through counselling, through our collaborative work, you will find opportunities for growth and change.

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      I am a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) of BCACC and a licensed counsellor of Korean Counselling Association. I completed BA in Counseling Psychology in South Korea and finished my MA in Counselling and Guidance at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, US. I have offered individual counseling, group counseling, and psychoeducational classes. I work with youth and adults and I am open to working with immigrants and refugees, including those from Korea who might feel more comfortable speaking in Korean.

      I take an integrative approach and my counselling session is rooted in client-centered therapy. I use multiple techniques from CBT, gestalt, mindfulness, and strength-based therapy. I work within a range of areas such as:

      • Anxiety/Trauma/Panic Attack
      • Depression/Mood-related Issues
      • Work Stress
      • Academic Stress
      • Self-esteem/ Self-image
      • Cultural Adaptation/Multicultural Counselling
      • Personal Development
      • Life Transitions
      • Relationship Issues
      • Family Issues
      • Pre-natal and Post-natal Issues/ Postpartum Depression
      • Personality Problems
      • Addiction
      • Schizophrenia
      • LGBTQ2S+

      Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Youth & Adults

      SPECIALTIES: Mental Health Recovery, Youth & young adult challenges with School, Post-secondary, Life transition periods 

      Michael Zibauer, BA, B.Ed, MACP
      Clinical Counsellor (RCC, CCC)

      Languages: English

      My passion revolves around helping my clients find their direction in life.  I can help all clients at any stage of their lifecycle deal with the difficult issues they face.

      I am experienced working with clients dealing with:

      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Anger Management
      • Substance Misuse
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        In addition, I am particularly proficient in helping youth and young adults navigate their modern-day difficulties.  Life transitions, family structure changes, and grief are also areas where clients can find relief through our work together.

        I completed my masters through Yorkville University and I am registered both the BCACC and the CCPA.  In addition, I am a licensed teacher in both Ontario and BC which makes me all the more sensitive to the needs to youth and young adults.  I have been working in private practice since 2018.  I also spent years overseas teaching which makes me sensitive to having an inclusive and multicultural practice.

        As a self-reflective practitioner, I am constantly working to maximizing the benefits to my clients to ensure they are successfully able to deal with change and life.

        Some of my specializations are:

        • Assertiveness/boundaries
        • Personal development
        • Self-harm and harm reduction
        • Transitions
        • Career planning and coaching
        • Relationship issues
        • Grief and loss counselling
        • Mediation
        • Trauma

        My approach is versatile and dynamic where I use a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other interventions as the client requires.  In addition, I have completed the Level 1 Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) Therapy workshop so have skills to help clients wot work through complex trauma.  Through this eclectic approach, I give my clients the tools counselling can provide which clients can apply to provide solutions in their daily lives.

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