COUNSELLING

Associate Counsellors

In-Person Counsellors

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DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, and Family Therapy

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Behavioural Interventions, Crisis Counselling, Depression, Thoughts of Suicide, Addictions, LGTBQ, Trauma (recent, acute, or historic),  Grief and Loss

Daniel Smith
Associate Counsellor & Virtual Counsellor

Languages: English

Life brings many amazing moments. Unfortunately, those amazing moments are often surrounded by the challenging ones, the sad ones, and frustrating ones, and all the other ones in between. Regardless of what kind of moment you’re experiencing, having someone to support you while you process, celebrate, manage, or understand these moments is crucial. Whether you’re coping or facing an unexpected challenging life event, begun feeling overwhelmed with all the emotions, are struggling to find balance between various aspects of your life, or just need someone to talk to, you’re journey to reaching a calmer, more balanced future begins with Crossroads Collective.

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I found my passion helping people through turmoil and hardship early in my career. I worked in crisis response and coaching for young adults and their families for a decade, supporting people through some of the worst moments of their lives. I’ve worked with individuals with diverse needs, many experiencing mental health crises. I moved into supporting children and youth, exploring how someone’s behaviour and routine can be a tool to supporting their wellness.

I’m currently completing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I also have been fortunate to have taken a plethora of training and certification opportunities about crisis response, paramedicine, and leadership.

Some of my focus areas for counselling include: crisis counselling, trauma counselling (acute or historic), grief and loss counseling, LGBTQ2S+ support, anxiety, depression, youth & adolescence counselling, and addictions counselling. I work with individuals of all age groups, despite my experiences lending to younger populations.

Through my professional, personal, and educational experience, I have developed a passion for supporting others through hardships and celebrating their path to wellness. I understand that journey is seldom easy, and requires a lot of effort, dedication, and care to reach what can feel like an ever-changing horizon. I hope to join you on that journey together.

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DEMOGRAPHIC: Coming Soon

SPECIALTIES: Coming Soon

Andrea La, RPC
Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC)

Languages: English

Located at 513 Lawrence Ave (Unit A), Kelowna – Directions

I hold the designation of Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) and received my Diploma through the Kelowna College of Professional Counsellors in 2018. I am licensed through the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and have been providing counselling services since 2019.

I provide my Clients with a safe, collaborative & supportive environment to help them  navigate symptoms of Trauma as they work towards healing from their deep emotional wounds and painful pasts.

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In this inclusive space I use a multi-modality approach focussing on Polyvagal Theory, Somatic techniques, Talk Therapy and Mindfulness practices.  Clients learn to reconnect with their bodies, regulate their emotions and process their negative experiences.

I help empower my Clients to use their individual strengths to navigate through life’s challenges with confidence. Clients are offered Psycho-education which helps them understand themselves better & teaches my Clients tangible skills that they can use when they are struggling or in crisis.

The following list includes my areas of specialization:

  • Developmental Trauma
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Boundaries and Assertiveness
  • Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Relational Trauma
  • Harm Reduction
  • Relationship and Couples Counselling
  • Gender Dysphoria and Transgender Care
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
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 DEMOGRAPHIC: Youth, Adult, Individual and Groups

SPECIALTIES: Grief & Loss/Chronic Illness/End of Life, Life Transitions, Health- Wellness-Lifestyle Coaching, Personal/Spiritual Growth and Development, Reiki- Master Level, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Jessica Hughes, RPC
Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) & Virtual Counsellor

Languages: English

Jessica is a Registered Professional Counsellor and a Holistic Health Coach. She works to help people who struggle with physical, mental emotional or spiritual pain to find more balance, vibrant health and wellbeing even if they have tried without success before because she offers a unique holistic approach that looks at all of who we are body, mind heart and soul.

She uses an integrative approach that’s addresses a variety or individual concerns. Being extremely empathic and intuitive Jessica has a way of tapping into and aligning with her clients to help them to get to and address the root cause of concerns.

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It is through her own challenges that she has come to this body of work. She has worked hard to heal and understand her own challenges and believes that is what qualifies her the most when it comes to helping others.

If you struggle with self worth, worthiness, or feelings like you are not enough Jessica would like to help you to transition to your rightful place of self love and wellbeing. She invites you into a loving, collaborative environment where you can feel safe to explore and take a deep dive into the places where you can hear the quite whispers of your soul that have been calling you into healing and wholeness.

Jessica is a life long learner committed to staying current with continuing her education and skillset ongoingly  

Her studies include- Applied psychology of counselling, eating psychology, holistic nutrition, mind-body wellness coaching, health coaching, personal training, yoga, mindfulness, death & grief studies, Reiki healing- master level, EFT tapping and more.

Jessica Trained under Dr Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transitions. She worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years as the Director of Bereavement services for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association offering direct client support as well as coordinating and overseeing all of the bereavement and wellness programs.

In Aug 2022 she made the decision to follow her heart and step back into her private practice full time. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice.

It is her intention and deepest desire to be a channel of love and a healing presence. She believes it is what she was put on this earth to do. She invites you if you feel called to reach out and work with her towards your highest goals.

Areas of specialization

  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Personal / spiritual growth and development
  • Low self worth/ Confidence / Self esteem
  • Body image issues
  • Relationship / Couples counselling
  • Separation / Divorce
  • Chronic pain/ Illness/ End of life
  • Life coaching / Health coaching /Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Weight loss
  • Stress/ Burnout / Compassion fatigue
  • Anxiety/ Depression
  • Assertiveness/ Boundaries
  • Communication building
  • Coping skills
  • Career guidance

Virtual Counsellors

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DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Teens

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, panic, and depression, Personal development, Spiritual connection, healing, and growth, Finding purpose & fulfillment, Self-love, Self-trust, and Self-worth, Assertiveness / Boundaries, Past or recent trauma or abuse, Self-sabotaging, Eating disorders, Addictions, Life transitions, Communication building, Grief, Life coaching

AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY

Amber Vandermeer
Associate Counsellor & Certified Life Coach 

Languages:  English

My mission is to help you to heal from the root of your anxiety. Everyone experiences different levels of anxiety in their life, and for some, it is constant. 

My method involves healing from a whole human perspective, body, mind, and spirit. Using body based therapies such as Somatic Therapy, I am passionate about discovering the root cause of anxiety so that you can heal, instead of just coping with the symptoms of anxiety. 

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I am deeply passionate and honoured to help you through:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Inner-child healing
  • Life transitions & Big changes
  • Procrastination
  • Social Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • General Dissatisfaction & Unhappiness
  • Feeling Stuck

I am a mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy practitioner, an Anxiety Coach, a Forest Therapy Guide, and a Life Coach. Using my Body – Mind – Spirit method, I help people to heal from a whole self perspective. I also use the bottom-up method, which addresses the body first. My belief is that our bodies hold the wisdom to our healing, and when we use body-based methods, we are able to heal from our traumas and create more freedom in our lives. When we have anxiety, there is something out of alignment in our lives, my method helps you to come back into alignment with your true self. 

When I was 22, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had severe anxiety, and the cancer gave me the realization that I needed to make a change. From this experience, I became passionate about healing my own anxiety, and learning where anxiety comes from, and how I can help others heal, too. Which has led me to where I am today, using trauma-informed body-based methods, along with mindset coaching, and spiritual healing. Using what I learned works best for healing anxiety, now helps my clients heal as well, helping them to finally free free, calm, and deeply joyful in their lives again. 

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

  • Anxiety, panic, and depression
  • Personal development
  • Spiritual connection, healing, and growth
  • Finding purpose & fulfillment
  • Self-love, Self-trust, and Self-worth
  • Assertiveness / Boundaries
  • Past or recent trauma or abuse
  • Self-sabotaging behaviour
  • Eating disorders and addictions
  • Life transitions
  • Communication building
  • Grief counselling
  • Life coaching

I would be absolutely honoured to help you, and to be a part of your healing & growth journey. 

Counsellors - Mansi

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Young Adults, New Moms, Families

SPECIALTIES: Play therapy, Art therapy, Special needs, Anxiety, Fear, Self-esteem, Behaviour Intervention, School and academic related challenges, supporting parents with
Autism/ADHD/ADD/ODD diagnosis

AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY

Mansi Parekh
Associate Counsellor 

Languages:  English, Hindi & Gujarati

Your story, your pain and your collection of struggles and memories are unique to you. My overall goal in therapy is to build a grounded relationship with my clients and facilitating them to. My approach is interactive, warm, and accepting; helping my client, which includes children, youth, young adult, and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe. I follow eclectic approach to therapy as I believe there is no one size fits all approach to therapy. We will spend time understanding exactly what you are experiencing and why so that when you start making changes that improve your life, they will stick.

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I prefer in utilizing an integrative approach in which they blend different but complimentary theories to work with their client in the most effective way. This flexible approach enables the counselling experience to be tailored to the individual needs and style of each client. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where relationship can thrive.

I have earned my Bachelor’s in Developmental Counseling and Master’s in Psychology from India. Also have 6+ years of experience of working with children and young youth both in elementary and secondary schools as a counselor and as academia support teacher. I plan to educate myself again in Canada starting May 2022 with master’s in counselling psychology. I have experience working with a broad range of mental health difficulties along with life challenges. I have worked alongside parents and teachers and other professionals. 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, bullying/discrimination and conflict resolution.

Counsellor - Paul

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

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

AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY

Paul Singh
Associate Counsellor & Virtual 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.

I believe the “right” therapist provides a space for you to feel supported, understood and guides you with education towards a life of acceptance and growth.

We are here to support you along your journey.

We are now accepting both virtual appointments as well as in-person appointments.  Click below and schedule your first visit today!