Service

Counselling

What to expect for your first treatment:

At Crossroads Collective, we strive to have a well rounded team of therapists who specialize in a variety of areas. This allows us to help our clients with a wide range of challenges. Therapists in our collective offer the following services and specialty areas:

SPECIALTY AREAS

  • 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
  • Fertility, Surrogacy, Adoption, Pregnancy Loss and Postpardum
  • Bipolar, Borderline, Disassociation,  Suicide Ideation. Pchizophrenia and other Mental Health Disorders
  • Burnout
  • Aboriginal  Issues
  • End of Life Issues, Transitioning to Assisted or Long Term Care
  • Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Injury Recovery

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • English 
  • Hebrew
  • Punjabi 
  • Mandarin 
  • Cantonese
  • Malay

CO-PARENT COUNSELLING & PARENT COACHING

  • Conflict management
  • Improving communication
  • Creating & managing parenting plans
  • Parent education
  • Healthy discipline strategies
  • Building healthy parent/child connections
  • Repairing relationships
  • Focused on best interests of the child

GROUP THERAPY & SUPPORT

  • Anger Management

  • Couples Workshops

  • Anxiety Workshops for Children, Youth and Adults

  • Rebuilding your Relationship After
    a Break Up

  • Working with Teens who are entering the New Millenial World

  • Special Needs Work Shops

  • Book Club and Vision Board Nights

CHILD &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
Crossroads Collective offers a sliding scaled discounted rate on counselling services for those families where finances are a hinderance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss a payment arrangement that works for our clients.

Meet The Team

Lisa Moore - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults and Family Therapy 

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

Lisa Moore, ma
Clinical Counsellor (RCC & CCC) 

Sometimes in life people go through painful experiences and unexpected events.  It is my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives.  Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from one role to another in our daily lives.  Some of us lose people we love, dreams we can no longer achieve, changes in careers, the diagnosis of a child with special needs, a loved one entering Long Term Care, or who is ailing in health, Divorce from a spouse, the beginning of a new marriage, perhaps with a blended family.  It is my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from these difficult experiences.

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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCCAC).  I am also licensed through the Canadian  Counselling Psychotherapy Association (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.

I work with clients who are often stuck and want to transition themselves, whether it be a change of career, how to make difficult decisions whether it be to leave or a job or a relationship.  How to deal with the loss of a divorce.  Helping people work through blended families and or helping someone to create a new life for themselves after a separation or divorce.  I also work with individuals who want to manage their time better, take on more challenges or who feel stuck in a current situation.  I often work with those individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression and need help dealing with every day life and stressful circumstances.

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.  I also meet with children and work with them using play therapy.  It is during those sessions that I assess children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism or and/or other types of learning disabilities.  I then work with parent(s) to help them have their child formally assessed and diagnosed by a registered psychologist.  Once the family receives the diagnosis I work with parents to help them get resources such as Applied Behavioural Analysis, and Behavioural Intervention, OT/PT therapy, additional counselling for the child and various other required therapies.  I work with the family to help them get funding for these therapies through charitable organizations and through the application to CRA to receive the Child Disability Benefits.  I also go into the schools with the parents to work with their school based team to develop robust IEPS’ for their child which will follow them until graduation.

The following list below are my areas of specialization and those I am passionate about:

  • 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 Seperation 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)

    If you are going through a challenging time, it can feel like your life is unraveling. My mission is to help you navigate the difficulties and challenges you are facing. Many of us are struggling with family conflict, separation/divorce, blended families, issues and resentments from the past, substance misuse, life transitions, and many other challenges. No matter what your current struggle is, it is important that you have guidance and support.

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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.

    I have been involved with the BC family law system in professional and personal contexts for several years. My personal experience, research, and professional involvement has contributed to my belief that the family law system is not the best setting to resolve family issues relating to children. I am passionate about helping parents be the best they can be for their children, and finding it in themselves to put their children first. 

    Services offered include individual and couples counselling, co-parent counselling, divorce coaching, as well as group counselling and classes including parent education and anger management. Although I see clients across a broad spectrum, I specialize in the areas of family conflict, parenting, and high conflict separation/divorce. At Crossroads Collective, we use a team approach to assist families, wherein the therapists work together to help your family and ensure each member is supported through the process. 

    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.

    Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

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

    SPECIALTIES:  Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Fears, Life Transitions, Grief, Cultural Diversity, Relationship Concerns, Anger Management, Finding Balance, Abuse, Addiction, Speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and Malay.

    Hao Yen lim, MA
    Counsellor

    Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese & Malay

    Counselling is more than just a professional process. Rather, it is about a personal journey that both client and counsellor take in collaboration. The cooperative relationship paves the pathway for recovery, healing, and breakthrough. Ultimately, the main thing for a client to know is that they are not alone in this venture, and understanding will be given with empathy. In my practice, I am invested in my clients, making sure that they are my main priority throughout every session. I am focused on creating a sense of trust, security and comfort for those in need of such refuge. It will be an honour for me to serve you to the best of my ability and work together to ensure a better future.

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    When it comes to treatment and therapy, I implement an integrative approach that consists of a variety of techniques. This is encompassed by the likes of mindfulness-based strategies, solutions-focused mapping, and client-centred directions. Overall, I take what I know of the client and curate the best possible form of treatment for their concerns or issues at hand. I never fail to inquire further for more information that can be helpful to the goals that clients want to reach. However, I am also respectful of certain boundaries that need not be crossed at the specific time, unless it would be helpful to do so under the consent of the client.

    Currently, I hold a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University and am working as a clinical counsellor with healthcare professionals at a Youth Wellness Centre in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area. My role there is to provide sustainable support to youth-at-risk and their related family members or caretakers using a Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy lens.

    My passion is for the generations, and I continue to seek out further professional development so I can give the best help possible to those that need it. My biggest themes in practice are authenticity, empathy, compassion, and understanding. I am also familiar with different cultural backgrounds and can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and Malay for those that may be more comfortable with these languages.

    Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

    SPECIALTIES:  Child Play Therapy, Assessments for various Diagnoses, ADHD, Autism, ODD

    Nadine Viker
    Child Play Therapist

    As parents we sometimes feel at a loss as to how to help our child, particularly when they are experiencing difficulties in more than one area of their lives: at school, with friends, regulating emotions, academically, socially or behaviourally.  My personal experience and my love for children has helped me to realize that many parents need support and I have a passion for helping children and parents navigate these challenges.

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    My drive and my passion for helping children took me to Stenberg College where I worked on and completed my certification as an Education Assistant, and I was POPARD trained and became efficient in ABA training. I took my passion for working with children and started working in the school-based system where I enjoyed 5 plus years. My time in the school-based system opened my eyes to the increasing behaviors in the classroom, but most of these children had no support as they were diagnosed with ADHD or other behavioural issues. I felt there was a need to understand and help these kids to understand themselves and to navigate the school setting that was so turbulent for them, so I designed a program based on accountability and awareness that has been extremely successful. I felt there was so much more to learn so I broadened my scope and took Expressive Play Therapy and Play Therapies at the Justice Institute Of BC. I have also attended Sand Play Therapy at Trinity Western University. I have been working as a Behavioral Technician at Crossroads Collective and with my added training can also offer Play Therapy Counselling in addition to my skills as a behavioural specialist. I am excited to share my training, education and passion for helping children. It is a pleasure for me to work with a child, inclusive and alongside the families, to give a comprehensive and overall panoptic treatment plan
    Jeff Hoy - Counsellor

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

    SPECIALTIES: Depression, Anxiety, Marriage Issues, Conflict Resolution, Parent Education, Blended Family Issues, Anger Management, Mens’ Romantic Issues, Self Esteem

    Jeff Hoy, MA
    Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

    Moving through the tough times in the ‘ebb and flow’ of life can be really hard. The same is true of the inevitable hard times we all go through in our most important relationships. Struggle is a part of the human experience, and the best antidote is human connection. Having a life crisis or existential crisis, challenges with mood or stress, family conflict, and relationship challenges are a reality for all of us. Turning to a helper can make a world of difference, and typically leads to life changing for the better.

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    An accomplished psychotherapist, my passion is helping individuals and families grow past painful patterns or life phases, and move towards love, togetherness, and living a connected life. I implement therapy methods to instill self-awareness among clients and help them move through painful patterns, emotions, and ways of being that are preventing them from living their most ideal life.

    As a couple’s therapist, my male clients have often expressed appreciation that my approach has honored their needs, has given them an identifiable target with tangible goals, and has allowed them to have space to explore their most vulnerable pains and needs. My female clients have expressed appreciation that my approach has truly allowed their experience to be expressed and understood, that they have felt heard, honored, and respected, and that my calm energy, humor, and genuineness allowed the most sensitive parts of themselves or their relationship to be worked on and improved.

    Having a richly experienced personal life – both positive and negative – and having worked with families and individuals from all walks of life with all sorts of challenges, I believe I have an exceptional ability to understand, empathize with, and inspire clients; as well as create a safe supportive space to fully explore uncomfortable underlying emotions, thoughts, and memories. We will move towards a better life, and truly understand and address what keeps you from living the life you want.

    In the end, being comfortable is not the goal – attaining a happier, more fulfilled life is – and I can help you.
    I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion Focused-Family Therapy (EFFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

    https://www.jeffreyhoy.com/

    Neora Snitz - Social Worker

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors

    SPECIALTIES: Neurofeedback, PTSD and Trauma Recovery, Chronic pain, Spirituality, Depression & Anxiety

    Neora Snitz, MSW
    Registered Social Worker (RSW)

    Languages: English, Hebrew

    I am a trained clinical therapist (Masters of Social Work) with almost 20 years experience in anti-oppression social work. My core values have always been at the centre of my work. I believe everyone matters. Everyone deserves to be heard, to be understood, and to have someone with them them when the world doesn’t feel safe, when all around seems dark. This is what life is about and what matters to me—love, connection, being right here, with you, in the small beautiful moments, in the big moments. When that connection happens, change can happen.

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    A lot of our work together will involve listening to the wisdom of the body. What excites me about learning to listen to our bodies is that by doing that we hear stories that our bodies have been trying to tell. And by listening, by noticing and tending to these stories, we actually create new pathways—in our brain, in our lives and in our souls.

    My rabbinical training and my training in mindfulness meditation lets me maintain a presence that is based in compassion, honesty, and ancient wisdom. My clinic tools include a fun combination of trauma recovery specilization, self-compassion, somatic (body) therapy, Internal Family System (IFS) and nerves system stabalization. I also offer Neurofeedback treatments.

    Or in a less jargony way, working with me would mean working with the body, alongside the mind, the emotions, the soul. The psychotherapy I practice will give you a chance to get to the core of who you are. Together, we will compassionately elucidate the imprint your life experiences have left on your mind, brain, and body. This exploration can help you feel more at ease in your body and in your life.

    You are the best expert on what works for you. I am there to listen and support you, offer guidance and hold on to hope, when it’s hard for you to do so.

    Brenda Hunt - Counsellor

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

    SPECIALTIES: Adoption, Special Needs, Play/Art Therapy, Foster Children/Parents, Adult Adoptees, Grief &Loss

     

    Brenda Hunt, M.ED
    Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

    Life is a journey with many ups and downs and sometimes we may feel like we are in a place where we are stuck and feel alone. Sometimes we may just need support in a big decision that we are facing. It can be an extremely difficult place to be when we feel vulnerable and need to reach out for help. Whether you are dealing with the overwhelming stressors and pressures of daily life, parenting or relationship challenges, grief or loss of something or someone important in our lives, I can be there to support and navigate you through this part of your journey in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. I believe in building a relationship that is built on respect, trust, collaboration and understanding. The pace of each session will be determined by you. I believe in helping you rediscover your strengths and your hopes in the areas of your life that you may feel have been temporarily lost.

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    I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCCAC).

    I have always been drawn to working with children, youth and families and began a bachelor degree in Child and Youth Care, that was well focused on development from infancy through young adulthood. I had the opportunity to support, advocate and build relationships with children and youth who were experiencing behavioral, emotional and social difficulties within the school setting. I was inspired by a lot of great school counsellors to complete my Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 2002. My career has led me into many of different directions professionally but no matter which directions I have travelled, I continue to be touched by my work with children, youth and their families. I was fortunate to work along side of talented Speech, Occupational and Physio Therapists on a multidisciplinary team as an Infant Development Consultant in California. I had the privilege of supporting parents and caregivers whose children were experiencing a developmental delay or had been diagnosed with a special medical need. I not only learned how to best support children’s developmental needs but I also learned about the grief and loss and the stress that parents experience when their child has a special need or medical diagnosis. For the past 14 years, I have been working with adoptive parents and children. In my role with the Ministry of Children and Families, I have worked with children who have experienced disruptions in caregivers, multiple placements, grief and loss, trauma, abuse and neglect. I spent time building relationships with prospective and adoptive parents. I supported and educated parents about attachment and special needs parenting. My work has included preparing children for their adoption transition and providing post adoption support once in the adoptive home. It is important to give adoptive parents the tools to build and strengthen attachment with their child. With the adoptive child, I use different methods including play as well as writing narratives scripts to help a child understand their adoption journey. Adoptive parents may feel that their parenting journey is “unique” and has different needs than typical parenting. I hope to support you through whichever journey you may be facing.

    I have my own personal experience with special needs parenting as one of four children was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months. It was a very difficult time on our family, particularly for my husband and I but also our other 3 children. There were feelings of grief and loss, panic and worry. I have navigated the services and supports here in Langley since our son’s diagnosis in 2011 and can provide direction and understanding if feeling overwhelmed. As a helping professional and mother of a special needs child, I feel passionate about supporting special needs parents/caregivers, their child and their siblings.

    Shannon Lawrence - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

    SPECIALTIES:  Child Play Therapy, Assessments for various Diagnoses, ADHD, Autism, ODD

    Shannon Lawrence
    Child Play Therapist

    Are you stuck at a crossroads in your life and you are not sure which road to take? Let me assist you in teaching you the skills you need to grow yourself or your children.

    I have over 20 years working with young children, families, and youth. It started as an ECE provider. After my experience within daycares, I wanted to expand my skills. I was very intrigued by the minds of children on the spectrum, so I took a program at Douglas College in which it enriched my knowledge of intellectual and physical disabilities.

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    This is where my journey started into the world of Autism and other neurological disorders. Since then, I have worked in the Surrey School District as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) / Support Worker (SW) and an Education Assistant. I have been a Behavioral Consultant and Interventionist for children/teens since 2002. Within that time, I have had experience working with a wide range of children with various diagnoses. Whether it is Autism, Asperger’s, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD and ODD, I have worked with many different multidisciplinary teams supporting individuals with challenging behaviours. I have taken various workshops, and I am always learning new skills to improve and assist the families that I am working with.
    I recently took Expressive Sand Play Therapy at Trinity Western University as well as completing my certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I have experience in Play Therapy as well through the Justice Institute of BC.
    As a Play Therapist, I see myself as a facilitator of learning. It is my responsibility to create and maintain an environment where the children and families feel valued, motivated, supported, and encouraged to learn and progress continuously. My goal is to help each client with their unique individuality and aspirations.
    I have a passion for teaching, playing, learning, and bringing out the best in all adults and children. Let me assist you in your journey.
    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 Dsilva, m.ED
    Clinical Counsellor (CCC)

    There are times in our lives when we feel trapped, stuck, or unable to fully move forward. Our past struggles and experiences can sometimes leave a negative residue on our present lives. For us to heal from the experiences and struggles we face we must allow ourselves to process our thoughts and emotions so we can truly move past them.

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    I work with clients in a gentle and non judgemental manner to support you in navigating through your struggles and help you cope effectively. I offer short term and long-term goal focused counselling for children, youth, and adults. I have experience helping clients to cope with depression and anxiety, build self-esteem and self-acceptance, and to set boundaries and build inner strength. I have spent many years as a behavioural therapist working with children and youth on the autism spectrum. I offer counselling for children with autism as well as support for parents and guardians. My approach is holistic, and I draw from cognitive behavioural, solutions focused, and strength based therapies.

    I have a Master’s degree in counselling psychology, and I will be licenced as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) from the Canadian Psychotherapy Association in a few months.

    No matter what your struggle or difficulty is, I will work with you to support you in learning and developing the skills you need to help cope with the challenges you face.

      Darcie Clark - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples

      SPECIALTIES: LGBTQ, Assertiveness, Boundaries, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Couples, Grief, Eating Disorders, Life Transitions

      Darcie Clarke, mc
      clinical Counsellor (CCC)

      I am inspired by the resiliency that can be found in people from all walks of life, and in every corner of the globe. I believe there is strength to be found in everyone, sometimes it just takes a nurturing hand, an understanding ear, and an open heart to create opportunity for individuals to find what is innately within themselves. I value the therapeutic relationship and the importance of creating a safe space where clients can explore and challenge themselves. I also feel honoured that clients are willing to invite me into their process of self-change and the enhancement of their well-being.

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      In the space of counselling, therapists can exhibit the traits and behaviours that so many of our clients are missing in their daily lives. It is through these genuine connections, and feelings of care and compassion that individuals can begin to feel worthy and cared for, capable of achieving their goals, and improving their sense of well-being.

      My experience at different agencies over the past 10 years has provided me opportunities to learn about the hardships endured by many different populations in our communities. I am intrigued by human nature and the resilience found in each of us. I aspire to provide support to those who are suffering and would like someone to travel their road with them.

      I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and hold a CCC license.

      I completed my Masters of Counselling at the University of Lethbridge in 2017. Since moving to Vancouver last spring, I have been working as a Clinical Counsellor at the Youth Wellness Centre in Maple Ridge, providing support to children, adolescents, and their families.

      The following list below are my areas of specialization:

      • Assertiveness / Boundaries
      • Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders
      • Past or Recent Trauma or Abuse
      • Relationship and Couples Counselling
      • Eating disorders
      • Grief support
      • Life transitions

      I’m particularly passionate about providing competent support for queer and trans folks, children and youth, and couples. My counselling approach is relational and integrative, most closely aligning with person-centred theoretical ideas and concepts. I strongly believe in the power of being present for the client, providing them with care, empathy, compassion, genuineness, and positive regard. In addition I also utilize approaches such as CBT, SFT, mindfulness, experiential, art, and play therapy techniques.

      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
      Counsellor

      I believe that wellness and optimal functioning are realistic goals that can be attained through the process of change and counselling. The modern world can sometimes cause us to get stuck in patterns that seem unbreakable. Counselling provides that light at the end of the tunnel allowing us to see the options that are available when we take our blinders off. It is all about creating new paths of growth and freedom that allow us to break our personal shackles.

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      I use an eclectic and holistic approach that includes person-centered, existential, and humanistic methods. It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship is best served by open dialogue and honesty which leads to internal driven change. In our sessions together we will build an alliance that will promote personal development and create options.

      Currently, I am completing my Masters of Counselling Psychology. I consider myself to be a life-long learner that enjoys learning new things and teaching others how to better themselves. I am a certified teacher in both Ontario and British Columbia. I also have an extensive background in psychology from my undergraduate studies. I taught overseas for many years which allows me to have a great appreciation for diversity and differences. I also have worked as a group facilitator of a smoking cessation group at a mental health recovery house in Langley for many years. Finally, I have completed my recovery support training out of Fraser Health which allows me to deal issues surrounding recovery.

      My experience as a teacher and my own background makes me an ideal fit when working with youth and young adult issues. I am sympathetic to the needs of today’s youth whether it be with dealing with school issues, substance issues, or personal family difficulties. In addition, I am very knowledgeable with navigating post-secondary school options and career planning that might seem overwhelming. I can help all clients in dealing with life transitions and helping clients deal with anxiety, depression, grief, or family structure changes. Through my eclectic approach, I give my clients the tools that counselling can provide that they can use in the daily lives to the betterment of their situation.

      Paul Singh - Counsellor

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

      SPECIALTIES: Depression, Anxiety, Mood, Relationship Issues, Conflict Resolution, Family Issues, & Self-Compassion

      Paul Singh
      Counsellor

      Languages: English & Punjabi

      We often forget that life is filled with ups and downs. Many experiences and relationships come with feelings of pain, anger, and sadness. These emotions and memories can be difficult to share with our family, friends, and close ones. However, finding the right therapist to support you can be one of the first steps towards healing and loving yourself. I believe the ‘right’ therapist provides a space for you to feel safe and supported, understood and heard, and guides you with education and training towards a life of acceptance and growth.

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      As I continue my work with others, I reflect back on my clients who have provided me with the opportunity and privilege to learn about their lives. This work is very sacred to me as I enter their lives and share a space to be vulnerable and make connections to their lived experiences. My background embraces a thorough understanding of lifespan and development, child and youth care, family systems and blended/bi-cultural families, trauma and loss, and supporting others in their journey towards self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-love.

      My clients connect with me on a personal level through my genuine empathy and warmth. I have worked with young people and families for 10 years and began working with adults as a therapist in 2018. Over the years, my clients have expressed their feelings of trust and care received from me and how my energy has provided a space for them to share some of their most challenging times. Support clients through family conflict, partner and relationship issues, trauma, and mental health challenges are some of my key therapeutic skills. I hold a person-centred lens that acknowledges the struggle and pain that my clients have lived through, while connecting and supporting them in their feelings and body through a somatic-based approach.

      I often refer to the heart, brain, and gut in my work with others. Our heart being our feelings and desires, our brain being our thoughts and memories, and our gut being our body and ability to take action and move forward in life. My work encourages these 3 areas to speak a similar language, particularly during times of crises and suffering that do not always allow so.

      I hold a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care and currently in the final stage of my Masters of Counselling (MC) and aim to be a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in 2020.

      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
      Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      Languages: English & Punjabi

      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. 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.

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      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.

      Colleen Franklin - Counsellor

      DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults (anyone over the age of 18), parents, couples and seniors

      SPECIALTIES: Addictions, anxiety, boundaries, burnout, depression, grief and loss, parenting/foster parenting, relationship/couples issues

      Colleen Franklin, MACP
      Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

      In our complex lives, we have many ups and downs. We may find ourselves struggling with unexpected events or a reoccurring issue that we don’t know how to let go of and move forward from. This can be stressful, scary or lonely. We all experience challenges in our lives but do not always know how to navigate through them. I am here to help facilitate your natural ability to heal. In a safe environment, I will guide you to deepen your own insights and self awareness. I use a holistic, integrative approach to counselling that includes mindfulness, focusing and other evidence-based modalities.

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      I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I completed my Master’s Degree program through Yorkville University and a Bachelor degree in Child and Youth Care. On my professional journey I worked with children, youth, families, parents, foster parents and adoptive parents. My work has allowed me to see no matter how overwhelming a problem feels; it is human nature to want to rise and heal. In reaching out for counselling you are taking the first step in creating change in your life. When we can slow down and listen to what our mind and bodies need we can then begin to develop the tools we need to cope, learn and grow.

      I use my specialized training in Mindfulness Based Somatic Therapy and Focusing to help you process and manage your emotions to become fully present in your life. Together, we can find ways to move through difficult times and improve your natural ability to heal. It is my passion to help you become your most authentic self.