Counselling Interns

How does Crossroads Collective offer affordable Counselling?

At Crossroads Collective, it’s important to us that we get our services out to everyone possible. We know that financials can often be a trigger for people who are interested in the services but don’t feel like they can spend that amount of money on them, this is when our counselling interns can become interesting for you or your loved ones.

Thankfully, at Crossroads Collective in Kelowna, we have a solution for you. We know just how important counselling is for individuals. From one-on-one talk therapy to family and marriage counselling, having someone to discuss things with is important. This is why we offer affordable, accessible & qualified counselling interns services. Want more information? Download our Affordable Counselling at Crossroads Brochure.

Our team of counselling interns provide all services on a sliding scale for payment. Services include:

Our rates

Our intern rates for services are dependent on your need and income. Standard rates on our sliding scale are typically $40-80 per session. However, we know that everyone is faced with different circumstances – and we do have the opportunity for lower rates to accommodate your needs. Please contact our clinic to discuss your circumstances and we will ensure you get services. Our belief is that there should be no barriers to mental health services, so please reach out to get started with our counselling interns services!

Our counselling interns

When you work with one of our counselling interns, you’re working with someone who is eager and excited about their career and helping others achieve wellness. At Crossroads Collective, we only accept the best of the best. All of our Masters of Counselling Students are supervised by an accredited supervisor with additional training in mentoring and guiding our student interns.

We offer supervision for counselling interns specializing in play therapy, child and youth, adult counselling, couples counselling, high conflict, music and art therapy. We provide students with the opportunity to gain speciality training in these diverse and in-demand areas of counselling. And, when we provide this opportunity, it provides affordable services to those in need.

Why Hire A Counselling Intern in Kelowna?

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to work with our counselling interns in Kelowna. After talking with some of our esteemed clientele, we have boiled it down to 6 main reasons why you should consider Crossroad Counselling for this amazing service:

Affordable

As mentioned earlier, the rates for counselling interns are lower than if you decided to
work with a licensed professional. It allows people with a lower income to have access to
the services that they need today.

Flexible

Licensed professionals will work mostly during office hours. Interns will often be available during the evening and after working hours. It might be more convenient for you to meet after working hours and not have to worry about taking time off.

New Perspective

Our counselling interns in Langley and Kelowna are learning and up to date on the latest treatments and interventions. They bring a fresh look and perspective to ailments and issues that can be afflicting you.

Quality

One of the biggest misconceptions about counselling interns is that they do not
offer quality services. Not only are they qualified, they also benefit from supervision from our seasoned practitioners.

Dedicated

Our interns are excited to work with you. They want to prove themselves & continue learning every single day. They are committed to the process and eager to help you.

Professional

Crossroad Counselling hires only interns that can provide professional services. During the interview process, they need to show that they have integrity and that they are committed to go above and beyond.

In-Person Counsellors

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

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

SPECIALTIES: Self-Esteem, Depression, Anxiety, Thoughts of Suicide and Self-harm, Addictions, LGTBQ+, Trauma (recent, acute, or historic), Grief & Loss, Addiction, ADHD, Stress, Family Conflict, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Sports Performance, Men’s Issues

Brent Hayter
Intern Counsellor & Virtual Counsellor

Languages: English

 We are all human beings, and we all have strengths and weaknesses. There are times in life when each one of us will encounter challenges or difficult situations. In those times, it takes courage to reach out and ask for help, but we are all in this together, and there is help here at Crossroads.

 Being of service to another human being and finding a way to help is a privilege I am grateful for whenever it is presented to me. My goal is to do just that, to help my clients find a way to work through the challenges of life in a way that best suits who they are in a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative approach. You already have everything you need to be happy and overcome the obstacles life has put in your way. My job is to help you discover and develop those strengths.

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I am an intern counsellor, which means that I have completed my formal education, and I am now able to see clients under the supervision of a more experienced therapist. I hold a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and I am currently enrolled in my last term at Yorkville University in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology practicum. I am a student member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and both myself and my practicum supervisor are held to the highest ethical and professional standards as determined by the BCACC when working with clients.

I am a passionate professional who continues to strive to improve my skillset while bringing passion to working with both youth and adults in hopes of providing them further opportunities to thrive and grow as they overcome the challenges of life.  My culturally informed style of counselling is a blend of humanistic and client-centered theoretical approaches in which I apply a variety of different techniques based on the need of the individual client.

 I have been blessed with a vast range of experiences in my professional career as a teacher, program director, athlete, coach, father of 3 adult children, and a small business owner. As a result of these opportunities and experiences, I feel I have a balanced perspective and a wide range of skills, interests, and abilities that make me very adaptable to any new challenge set before me. I also feel that this well-rounded skill set, coupled with having overcome challenges in my own life will serve me well as I continue to seek new opportunities to connect with and help people as a counsellor.

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, youth and adults

SPECIALTIES: anxiety, depression, self regulation, life transitions, social thinking, support and advocacy for those with unique and diverse needs and/or their family members, self-esteem issues, addictions, eating disorders.

 

Shannon McDonald
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

Life doesn’t always bring us what we hope for, and this can cause challenges for us as we find ourselves navigating unexpected situations.

It is my goal to help you or your loved one with personal struggles which are preventing you from feeling relaxed, happy and achieving your best. I am committed to developing a connection with you in order to assist you in managing difficult situations in order to develop strength, resiliency and healing.

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As a counselling intern, I am nearing the completion of my MEd in counselling to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. In addition to my internship at Crossroads, I have worked for 10 years in the Surrey School District as a teacher and case manager for students with unique/diverse needs and as a learning support teacher. I have supported children with autism, ADHD, FASD, chronic health conditions, learning disabilities, gifted, 2e and those who are neurotypical. I also understand the unique needs of the immigrant population having worked 15 years with adult immigrants.

Some of the areas in which I can support you with counselling are:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • feelings of isolation or loneliness
  • feelings of shame or lack of self-confidence
  • eating disorders and addictions
  • navigating friendships
  • social thinking skills
  • self-regulation
  • dissatisfaction with work or school or personal relationships
  • transitions in life (birth, children entering or exiting the school system, death of a
    loved one or pet, separation & divorce)
  • support for children with exceptionalities (or their parents or teachers)
  • support for parents of multiples (twins, triplets)
  • help with pursual of a special needs designation for a child
  • support for parents of children with a recent diagnosis or designation
  • help navigating the school system with students who have unique and diverse
    needs
  • IEP planning
  • advocacy for students with special needs

I am an intuitive, caring, authentic and curious person by nature. In addition to my role as a counselling intern, I am a teacher, mother of 3 and have 2 entertaining cats. I continue developing my skills and therapeutic approach in the areas of cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused therapy, strength-based, person centred methods, and mindfulness.

Life can be hard, whether child, youth or adult I will meet you where you are and provide tools and resources to help you navigate life’s challenges.

 

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Group Therapy, Seniors

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Music Integrated Therapy, Play Therapy, Self Esteem, Life Transitions, Trauma, Mindfulness Based Techniques

Amanda Morazain
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

Many of us feel stuck in our daily lives, not knowing exactly how to get the progress that we want. Depression, anxiety, and trauma can hold us back from where we deserve to be and can negatively affect our well-being and relationships. No two people are the same and it is my goal to help you recognize your own unique strengths, integrating a case-specific approach to create your unique therapy plan. I am here to offer mental health support in a non-judgemental, friendly, and compassionate space.

I am currently a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and have completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology through UBCO. As I complete my practicum for my Masters in Counselling Psychology I will be guided by an accredited supervisor.

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One form of therapy that I offer is one that is music-integrated, using a brief singing lesson at the beginning of the session. This can be helpful with those who are seeking to modulate their autonomic nervous system, reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, while building skills that will encourage mindfulness, self-confidence, and competency.

Some Specific Types of Therapy I Offer:
-Music-integrated Therapy
-Child and Youth Counselling
-Play Therapy
-Couples Therapy
-Seniors Counselling
-Virtual as well as In-Person
Some of the areas I can support you with include:
-Trauma
-Anxiety
-Depression                                                         -Building self-confidence, self-esteem, and sense of self
-Parenting
-Relationships
-Time management
-Stress management
-Goal setting
-Mindfulness-based techniques
-Health and wellness
-Personal development
-Life Transitions
-Burnout

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Group Therapy, Seniors

SPECIALTIES: Addictions, Career changes, Parenting, Men’s Issue, Anxiety and depression, Child and Youth

Alex Mcivor
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

Let’s start a relationship based on trust, healing, growth, and fulfillment. My role is to walk alongside you as we delve into your emotions. I want to provide you with tools, communication, emotional awareness, and fulfillment as we navigate your struggles, successes, and transitions so you live a fulfilling life that highlights your true self, thus emphasizing your extraordinary personality. Through our work together, I would be grateful to help you navigate your experiences using empathy and without judgment in these categories:
– Addictions
– Career changes
– Parenting
– Men’s issues
– Anxiety and depression
– Child and youth

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I am an intern counsellor with Crossroads Collective completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. As a student member of the CCPA, I exercise the highest level of ethical industry standards. Before becoming a counsellor, I completed my Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and worked in sales, marketing, procurement, operations, and management roles. I opened my first business in 2014 by working with children and youth from a myriad of backgrounds. My experience led me to understand socioeconomic divides and different personality traits and propelled me to explore a career in the helping field. Through these experiences, I realized my passion lies in helping people reach their full potential.

 I believe the best if everyone. I operate from a person-centred, strength-based perspective. Also, I integrate CBT, mindfulness, narrative therapy, solution-focused and other methods to cater to your needs. I recognize that we all come from different paths and consider cultural factors and family systems.  

 The following list below are my areas of specialization:

Addiction

  • Internet addiction
  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Gambling
  • Sexual addiction
  • Substance use
  • Video game addiction
  • Chronic Relapse

 Relationship Issues

  • Sexuality (Bisexual, LGBTQ+, Lesbian, Gay)
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Anger Management

 Other

  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Men’s Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Career Guidance
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress

 Child and Youth

  • Self-esteem and confidence coaching
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career exploration with youth
  • Dealing with separation and divorce from the child and parents’ perspective
Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Group therapy Seniors

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Stress Management, Life Transitions, and Behaviour Change

Andres Beltran
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English and Spanish

Sometimes in the solitude of our minds, challenges become so big that we don’t know where to start. Thoughts and feelings come in waves, and it quickly becomes difficult to make sense of things. I believe we can collaborate and develop strategies that address the underlying cause of those difficulties. Together we will co-create a space to examine thoughts and feelings from different perspectives and start the healing process. Life is full of challenges, and you don’t have to take this all on your own. Let’s work together to identify and build on your strengths so that you can feel more prepared to face the next storm.

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Our work together can look many ways, as my goal is to tailor my approaches to your needs. There are a variety of lenses that will inform our work together. I believe that you have strengths and resources that can be supported and expanded, and we can look.

I also take the perspective of seeing the person in their environment. This means that I see the challenges that a person faces influenced by many different factors both in and around them, and we can explore different ways of thinking about and acting.

My practice lens is informed by seeing the person in their environment. This means that I believe that your experience is influenced by the communities and environments you interact with. Together we might explore ways to modify your surroundings and strive to find a better fit. I aim to support individuals holistically, recognizing the importance of and integrating a person’s social, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

I come to you with a strengths-based and person-centered perspective; that is, I believe you have an abundance of strengths and resources to draw from. Together we can refine these strengths so you can take on new challenges.

I am completing my Master of Social Work Degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and I plan to register as a clinical counsellor with the BCACC and as a social worker with the BCCSW. I have been living here in Kelowna for 7 years and take pride in helping build a resilient community. Over the past 5 years, I have worked with youth in our community delivering nature-based psychoeducation and recreation programs. I also spent time working in a restorative justice program, supporting youth, parents and families in promoting healing where interpersonal conflict and harm were experienced. I was a volunteer for a national crisis and suicide intervention line and had the honour of speaking with many individuals at very vulnerable times of their lives. I got to witness the strength and resilience people have when given the opportunity to be heard. From these experiences, I have a better understanding of the importance of unconditional positive regard, non-judgement, empathy, and genuine relationship. These are building blocks that we can use to co-create a therapeutic alliance. Lastly, I want to recognize the courage and self-awareness it takes to reach out for help. 

Some Specific Types of Therapy I Offer:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Child and Youth Counselling
  • Using the outdoors in therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Virtual as well as In-Person

Some of the areas I can support you with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Behaviour Change
  • Boundaries
  • Self-Esteem

Virtual Counsellors

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Teens

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Fears, Goal Setting, Relationship Issues, Boundaries, Emotion Regulation, Self-esteem, Holistic Approach, Gestalt Therapy

David Qi
Intern Counsellor 

Languages: English, Mandarin

My mission to help you recognize the power you hold and make sense of your life. I intend to create an environment that is respectful to all people on a fundamental level, and hope to foster emotional stability and self-awareness in a safe and hopefully fun manner.

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In 2010, I moved to Canada at the age of 13 with my parents with about 200 words in my vocabulary. Thanks to the cultural diversity in Vancouver, I had the opportunity to interact and connect with people from all over the world that grew up in all sorts of different settings. These experiences of being a Chinese adolescent, Asian Canadian teenager and adult has given me a unique perspective and passion for the human condition. This passion led to me pursuing my Master of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2021.

I mainly work through a holistic approach focusing on genuine human connection and self-awareness. In our sessions together, we might explore any unfinished business from the past, problems you are facing in the present, or goals for the future. I can offer both an accepting environment to process your experiences and concrete skills to improve your quality of life.

Some days life feels extra difficult. You might have difficulty making the connection you want with the people around you; you might face some really hard decisions that seem impossible to make; you might be dealing with anxiety, depression, or anything else and just want life to be a little easier. Regardless of your goals, or whether you even have one, I am here to listen and help you figure things out.

I truly believe that through my help, all my clients can come to recognize what they have and what they need to live a more fulfilled and healthy life. It is always an honor to see clients grow and achieve their goals. Some of my specialization include:

  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Goal setting
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Life transitions
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Trauma-informed care
Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Groups, Individuals, Seniors

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Building Confidence, Self-Esteem and Sense of Self, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Personal Development, Past or Recent Trauma or Abuse, Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries, Family dynamics, Life Transitions, Career Planning, Health and Wellness, Fears, Relationship Issues, Emotional Regulation, Burn-out, Career Planning

Julia Siedlanowska
Intern Counsellor 

Languages: English, Polish

Whether you have tried many therapists, or have never been to therapy, I am comfortable working with people who are skeptical about the counselling process. I bring a trauma-informed lens to counselling to help you work through tricky moments from the past and present that we may or may not be entirely aware of.

I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. I aim to facilitate your search for personal meaning and life goals through various therapeutic techniques including narrative therapy, psychodrama and mindfulness. I have a person-centred approach, which means that I work collaboratively with you, at your own pace. I aim to be a non-judgmental listener, walking alongside as we face our fears, shame, self-loathing and other challenges to find greater self-acceptance and ease.

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I have worked for over a decade as a voice coach with artists and students aged six to sixty-five, helping them discover confidence in themselves through voice work, drama, and public speaking to create life-affirming transformation through voice. I bring this same compassion and curiosity to my work as an intern counsellor at Crossroads Collective.

I have a BA in Acting, and am in the final stages of completing my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology.

Some of the challenges counselling can help you navigate are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Building Confidence
  • Self-Esteem and Sense of Self
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Personal Development
  • Past or Recent Trauma or Abuse
  • Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
  • Family dynamics
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Planning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Fears
  • Relationship Issues
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Burn-out
  • Career Planning

I believe people are innately searching to lead the best lives they can, with the tools they have. I work with adults, children and teens, in group, couples, and individual settings. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for a free trial session to see if we would be a good match. It would be my honour to accompany you on your journey.

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Families

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Family conflict, Grief, Life transitions, Racial identity, School issues, Self-esteem, Stress

Gurpreet Nahal
Intern Counsellor 

Languages: English, Punjabi

It is my goal to provide you with a nonjudgmental and supportive environment to encourage you through your life’s transitions and challenges. I can help you regain control of your mental health and wellbeing through a holistic and integrative lens, accounting for what makes you who you are and who you may want to be. 

Life is full of transitions and changes that can be hard to face alone. It could be anything – school, career, family, friends, love, or even moving to a new place. I can provide you with extra support through such changes, where you are given a safe space to share freely with me as I help you move forward in your life. 

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Everyone is made up of unique parts that make them whole, from their life experiences, culture, gender, and even their familial background, which I am respectful of when working with you. I hope to use these parts to help you work on your resiliency and belief in yourself.

Stress can present itself in a multitude of ways, such as physically, mentally, or emotionally, spilling over into multiple areas of your life. I would like to help you learn to manage such stressors appropriately, resulting in you becoming a happier and more fulfilled self.

I am currently working to complete my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology to register as a Clinical Counsellor. I have previously obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and have extensive experience working with marginalized populations from diverse backgrounds, including those with undiagnosed mental health challenges, addiction issues, family fragmentation, and identity issues.

I work with children, youth, and adults, as well as all genders. I like to use a variety of techniques, such as mindfulness, person-centered, Alderian, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I aim to provide you with a safe space where you can share without judgment and feel heard and respected for your life experiences and needs. The journey to healing is a collaborative process that I hope to help you navigate successfully.

Some of the areas I can help you with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Building confidence
  • Career planning
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional regulation
  • Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Family conflict
  • Grief
  • Health and wellness
  • Life transitions
  • Racial identity
  • Relationship issues
  • School issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Couples, Families, Teens

SPECIALTIES: Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Burnout, Trauma, Career Planning, Adult Play Therapy

Julie Beauregard
Intern Counsellor 

Languages: English

Do you experience ongoing conflicts in your most intimate relationships? Are you a new parent struggling with the loss of desire or intimacy with your partner? Are you overwhelmed by chronic pain, anxiety, or depression? Do you have sleep challenges that impact you deeply on a daily basis? Or are you looking for new meaning in life following an abrupt life transition? These uphill battles do not need to be faced alone. Join me in therapy as we explore facing these challenges together and finding solutions to meet your unique needs.

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My style as a therapist is warm, empathic, creative, and encouraging. I offer thoughtful questions to inspire shifts in perspective and enhanced self-awareness. I am likely to gently challenge you to think, feel, and act in different ways to promote healthy relationships with others and with yourself.

I aim to help you feel deeply seen, heard, and understood in each of our sessions together. It would be my privilege to assist you in navigating through difficult life experiences including:

  • The loss of intimacy and desire with your partner
  • Communication breakdowns with your partner or children
  • Chronic pain, anxiety, or depression from a motor vehicle accident
  • Grieving the loss of a loved human or pet
  • Getting passed over repeatedly for that big promotion at work
  • Having a hard time standing up for yourself and finding your voice
  • Being “on edge” and constantly feeling the need to keep busy or be perfect

I am completing my Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) degree at Adler University and am pursuing designation as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. Prior to graduate school, I had graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Psychology from Simon Fraser University and founded three small businesses. I had also provided play-based behaviour intervention to autistic children, published a best-selling parenting book, and worked for a decade in several areas of the construction industry.

Although I can always remember having an interest in understanding how others think and what might motivate them to act in certain ways, the greatest catalyst toward eventually becoming a therapist was being in a motor vehicle accident back in 2011. Along the road to physical recovery, I embarked upon an incredibly rewarding and profound path to emotional recovery as well. To my surprise, therapy provided me the precise tools I needed to self-regulate, to understand my life patterns, and to drastically improve relationships. Through therapy I had experienced genuine validation and undivided attention unlike I had ever encountered before. I have since been a strong advocate for counselling and am grateful to now be able to help others in this highly meaningful work.

My areas of specialization include:

  • Boundaries and assertiveness training
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma processing
  • Insomnia and sleep difficulties
  • Burnout
  • Workplace conflict
  • Career advancement
  • Perfectionism
  • The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
  • Attachment injuries
  • Desire and intimacy in couples/partners
  • Consensual non-monogamy
  • Positive discipline parenting
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief processing
  • Self-compassion

The forms of therapy that most shape my practice include:

  • Schema Therapy
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy

I commend you on taking this courageous leap toward addressing and resolving areas of distress in your life and harnessing joy. As counselling is not a one-size-fits-all approach, I look forward to developing an individual therapy to meet your specific needs.

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, Group Therapy, Seniors

SPECIALTIES: Life transitions, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, racial/cultural identity and conflict, boundary setting, stress, relationship issues, emotional regulation, self-confidence/self-esteem, loss, wellness, communication skills

Ruby Sall
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

The process of self-learning and connecting to our stories in order to make sense of our experiences, can be challenging and uncomfortable. You may find yourself feeling lost while carrying the immense heaviness of these challenges. I would be honored to collaborate with you, to foster your healing, and make space for your collective emotions so that you may engage with your life with a larger capacity.

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I come from an integrative approach to therapy, with an emphasis on emotionally focused, mindfulness, and person centered therapy. I see humans as holistic beings through a biopsychosocial lens. This means that I acknowledge the interconnection of the biological, psychological, and social dimensions playing a role in our experiences. My own South Asian background has given me window into how our perspectives are shaped by the identities we hold. I believe it is essential to flexibly collaborate with you to honor your unique context and needs. My intention is to provide a safe therapeutic space where your voice is supported.

 I am currently in the second year of my Master of Arts in Clinical Counselling Psychology program. I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology and World Literature at SFU. I continued working as a researcher within the field, developing a keen interest in understanding the human experience. As an avid collector of books, I have always looked for meaning in the stories around me.  Over the years, I have had the privilege of working and volunteering with diverse populations, including marginalized communities, families, and children. At the heart of my approach is the therapeutic relationship, which is built on unconditional positive regard, non-judgment, empathy, safety, and a genuine alliance. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the immensely important first step you are taking in seeking therapy.

 These are some areas I can support you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Self Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Life Transition
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Wellness
  • Assertiveness/Boundary Setting
  • Cultural/Racial Identity
  • Family Dynamics/Conflict
  • Relationship Issues
  • Time Management
  • Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, and Adults

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Communication, Stress Management, Self Esteem Issues, Assertiveness, Establishing and Maintaining Boundaries, Emotion Regulation, Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

 

Joban Rai
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English and Punjabi

I believe some of the most beautiful work takes place in a therapeutic setting. My goal is to provide you with a safe space, help you feel heard, cared for, understood, and be there for you through your journey in discovering new and different ways in leading a more authentic and meaningful life. I believe we all go through struggles and obstacles in life. Sometimes, what we are trying isn’t necessarily working anymore and we may need new and different perspectives and ways of tackling such issues and concerns. When given the right space, I believe you can heal and succeed in leading a life that you want to live. It would be my honour to listen to your story and be there for you in the process of writing the next chapters of your life.

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As a therapist, I am warm, empathic, intuitive, caring, and non-judgmental. I use a holistic approach and aim to help you feel truly heard, seen, and understood. I also aim to help bring to awareness things that may not have been noticeable previously. So, part of my work includes walking a fine line between being caring and kindly challenging you in ways to think, feel, or act in different ways to promote healthy relationships and boundaries with others and yourself.

 Currently, I am completing my Master of Counselling Psychology degree at Adler University. I hope to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. Prior to graduate school, I had graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology Major and a Gerontology Minor from Simon Fraser University. My previous experience includes volunteer work with children at BC Children’s Hospital and work as a behaviour interventionist, closely working with autistic children. I have always known that I wanted to work in a helping field. Now, I am given that opportunity and I am grateful to be able to help others through this intimate, special, and meaningful work.

 Some of the areas I can support you with include:

 Anxiety

Depression

Trauma

Life Transitions

Relationship Issues

Communication

Stress Management

Self-Esteem Issues

Assertiveness

Establishing and Maintaining Boundaries

Emotion Regulation

 The forms of therapy that I mainly use include:

 Gestalt Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

 I commend you on being courageous and taking a leap of faith in wanting to lead a more happy, meaningful life. I look forward to developing a safe, empathic, and trustworthy therapeutic relationship with you and to help address your specific needs when it comes to therapy.

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, and Adults

SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Confidence and Self-esteem, Trauma and Abuse, Education and Learning Disabilities, Life transitions, Child/Youth Counselling, Stress Management, Health and Wellness, and Holistic Counselling.

 

Elisha Sindhu
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

I believe that we are all worthy of finding a safe and open space to heal and examine our thoughts and feelings. Life is a journey that can bring about many different experiences and transitions. I will work with you from a holistic-based perspective and believe that encouraging empowerment, balance, and healing are some of the most important aspects of therapy. 

As an intern counsellor at Crossroads Collective, I am thankful to be able to further develop my skills and assist my clients through their journey. Through an integrative and holistic approach to therapy, my goal is to support my clients mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. By involving my client in decision making and encouraging goal-setting, I hope to empower my clients to make positive changes and search for self-connection.

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I have worked as a behavioural interventionist and a youth care worker; therefore, I have experience working with children and youth on the autism spectrum. I am here to support you in expanding and developing the skills you need to manage your struggles. I have a BA in Psychology and am currently working on my MA in Counselling Psychology. Through both my educational and work experience I have developed an empathetic and non-judgemental manner and hope to support you in coping with your challenges. 

Some areas I can support you with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Education and Learning disabilities
  • Life transitions
  • Self-confidence and Self-esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Health and Wellness 
  • Child and Youth Counselling

I believe that I can help my clients recognize their strengths to lead a more fulfilled and harmonious life. It would be a privilege to be able to guide you through your journey of wellness. I look forward to connecting with you to help you achieve your unique set of therapeutic goals.

Michael Zibauer - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, and Adults

SPECIALTIES:  Neurodivergent Children and Youth (Autism, ADD, ADHD, Sensory Processing), Anxiety, Depression, Past or Recent Trauma or Abuse, Coping Skills, Family and Relationship Conflict, Parenting, Divorce/Separation, Burnout, Career Planning, Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Building, Stress Management, Personal Development, Emotional Regulation, Communication Skills, Life Transitions (New Parent), 2SLGBTQIA+ support

Brandi Woods
Intern Counsellor

Languages: English

I whole-heartedly trust that every individual has the innate ability to heal when met with genuine support in a safe, empathetic, and collaborative environment. Through a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive approach my hope is to walk alongside you on your wellness journey. A few benefits of therapy can be an increased awareness of self and others, developing adaptive coping skills, and improved self-esteem. It can also help navigate challenging life experiences such as, relationship conflict or the transition to parenthood.

My ambition is to foster a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust and authenticity to help support you in achieving your unique therapeutic goals. My approach is holistic, person centered, and strengths based. I draw on evidence-based techniques from emotion-focussed, mindfulness, and play therapies. I take great care to provide neurodivergent affirming care, and believe individual differences are to be respected and celebrated.

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I am an intern counsellor, which means that I am able to see clients under the close supervision of a more experienced counsellor. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Clinical Counselling Psychology program at Adler University and am pursuing designation as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BCACC. I attained my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. My formal education and personal life experiences has provided me with a unique perspective on the complex mind-body connection. 

Over the past decade, I have worked in the community with children and adolescents, both neurodiverse and neurotypical. I am passionate about working with the next generation and am deeply honoured when I am given the opportunity to help a child or adolescent flourish and thrive. My hope is to support children and their families who have unique differences such as, Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing concerns, physical health diagnoses, and other behaviour and/or academic difficulties. I also believe in a collaborative relationship with parents and other caregivers to promote a positive network of support to surround the child or youth.

Throughout the therapeutic process, we will collaborate on individualized therapeutic goals that align with your unique needs. My warm, gentle, and attentive nature will hopefully foster validation, empowerment and encouragement. While therapy is a temporary process and my greatest desire for all my clients is for them to arrive at a place where they feel they no longer need me, my door is always open. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey to wellness.

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If you have any questions about our interns counselling services or if you want to learn more about Crossroad Counselling, please feel free to reach out to us today. Our team is here to help and guide you through difficult times.

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