Amber Cushnie, M.Sc., CCC

Amber is Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has a high passion for supporting the people she works with, including children, youth, and families in the field of Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth work, school counselling, and educational support. Amber also provides support throughout the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Areas of Interest

LGBTQ, Depression, Anxiety, Learning Disabilities, School issues

Locations

Telehealth

Persons Served

Children, Youth, Adults, Men, Women, Couples

Anita Kapdee-Penner, MA, RCC

Anita is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups of diverse ages, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religions, and cultures. She uses customized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs, while instilling confidence to assist clients with self-growth so that they will be able to make lasting changes in their lives. She likes using eclectic approaches that cater to each client’s needs, which include CBT, narrative, attachment, existential, humanistic, solution-focused, and mindfulness approaches.

Areas of Interest

Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Couples

Location

Abbotsford, Telehealth

Persons Served

Men, Women, Teenagers, LGBTQIAS+, Couples, Families

Bob Youssef, MA, RCC

Bob has provided counselling services to men and women for over 9 years. He offers counselling from a Christian worldview as well for those who are interested.

Areas of Interest

Couples/Marital counselling, Addictions, Stress/Anxiety, Terminal Illness, Anger

Location

Abbotsford

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Families

Bonnie Seitz, MA, RCC

Bonnie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She is also a Clinical Certified Hypnotherapist trained in EMDR, and certified in Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT). Bonnie has extensive experience working with adults, teens and couples dealing with a variety of issues including attachment, behavioural challenges, and trauma. Originally from the USA, Bonnie and her partner moved to Canada in 2017 and haven't looked back since.

Areas of Interest

Trauma, Attachment, Depression, Anxiety, Grief

Locations

Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Langley

Persons Served

Men, Women, Adolescents, Couples

Cindy Merrick, MSW, RSW

Cindy holds a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and has been working in the helping industry for several years. She has experience with children, youth, and adults concerning a variety of issues such as substance use, family issues, adjustment challenges, and more. She works from a person centered, strengths-based approach and has training in EMDR, Satir Family Systems, play therapy and solution focused therapy.

Areas of Interest

Parenting, Substance Use, Play Therapy, EMDR

Locations

Chilliwack

Persons Served

Men, women, youth, children (6 and over), couples, families

Craig Monro, MA, RCC

Craig comes to the helping profession with over 20 years experience. He has worked in several capacities, most recently with at-risk youth involved with the criminal justice system. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Areas of Interest

Parent/Teen Conflict, Addiction, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Couples and Families, Grief/Loss, Anger Management

Location

Langley

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Children (over 10), Families

Debbie Welsh, MSW, RSW

Debbie earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at UBC Okanagan and is registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. Debbie has 14 years of direct experience working with individuals, youth, couples, and families. Debbie specialises in counselling regarding Trauma/PTSD, Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Grief & Loss, Anger, and Life Stage Changes.

Areas of Interest

EMDR, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness

Locations

Telehealth

Persons Served

Adults, Youth, Couples, Families

Deborah Mater, PhD, RCC

Dr. Deborah Mater is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors who has worked in the helping profession for over 25 years. She has a diverse background and uses her unique perspective to develop insight and motivate change. She also specialises in EMDR.

Areas of Interest

Anger, Stress/Anxiety, Trauma, Attention Deficit Disorder

Location

Abbotsford, Chilliwack

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples

Helena Ng, PhD,, MSc., RCC

Helena holds a PhD in Counsellor Education and Supervision and a Master of Science Degree in Pastoral Counselling. Her life experience is enriched by exposures to individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds, and she has gained invaluable experiences in counselling individuals and couples in the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, China, and Thailand. She is also a seasoned supervisor who has facilitated graduate students and social workers in their clinical work. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors as well as a National Certified Counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors (USA).

Areas of Interest

Life transitions, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, and Parenting Children with Special Needs.

Locations

Langley, Maple Ridge, Teleheath

Persons Served

Men, Women, Youth, Couples

Ilse Schafli, MA, RCC

Ilse is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has spent many years in the non-profit sector helping people overcome issues and has been in part time private practice for over 20 years. As a unique part of her practice, she offers counselling from a Christian perspective, is specialised in play therapy, and can offer counselling in both English and Afrikaans

Areas of Interest

Addiction, Grief/Loss, Play therapy, Anxiety, Depression

Location

Maple Ridge

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Children and Youth

Irene McCready, MSW, RSW

Irene holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, as well as two undergraduate degrees. She has been a Social Worker for over 25 years, having held clinical positions at both Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. She is a Registered Social Worker with memberships in the BC College of Social Workers, the BC Association of Social Workers, and the Canadian Association of Social Workers. Irene has a long history assisting individuals through drug addiction, anxiety, depression, mental illness, and relationship stressors.

Areas of Interest

Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships

Locations

Abbotsford, Telehealth

Persons Served

Adults, Youth, Individuals, Couples, Families

Janette Carr, MSW, RSW

Janette Carr focuses on helping clients realize their full potential. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and is a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology candidate through Yorkville University. Janette has several years in the helping profession in both health care and correctional settings. Janette works from a person-centered and strength-based approach with training in narrative, emotional, and solution-focused therapies. Janette is confident that everyone has the power to cultivate a beautiful relationship with themselves and the surrounding world; it just takes finding the right tools to do so.

Areas of Interest

Addictions, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Locations

Langley, Telehealth

Persons Served

Youth, Men, Women, Families

Josie Kane, MA, RCC

Josie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors who is specialised in EMDR. She has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over 25 years and brings the knowledge from that experience to enrich her private practice. She also has a special interest in mindfulness and its uses in the helping process.

Areas of Interest

Addiction, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Suicide, Trauma/PTSD, Bullying, Family Violence, Childhood Issues, Anger

Location

Abbotsford

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Families

Julie Kucera, MSW, RSW

Julie understands that when people experience severe stress or trauma, the positive story of their lives – their strengths, supports and past successes – can seem to vanish. Julie co-creates real solutions in the context of her clients’ lives. She brings knowledge from personal and professional experiences with a graduate degree in Social Work and an undergraduate degree in sociology with a focus on women’s issues. She has been trained as a Divorce Coach helping couples to navigate the rapids of divorce in a cooperative manner. She received certification at the College of Executive Coaching. She is the proud mother of three grown children and currently shares life with her dog, Ollie, enjoying great friendships, hiking and cooking. Julie has been described as enthusiastic, compassionate, caring with a strong capacity and desire to build relationships.

Areas of Interest

Stress/ Anxiety, Depression, Divorce/ Separation, Conflict Resolution, Trauma, Addictions, Self-esteem

Location

Telehealth

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Teens, Youth and Children.

Kathy Kuna, MA, RCC

Kathy has been working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for the past 16 years. Her background includes working with Street Youth on the Downtown Eastside, homelessness, recovery houses, and addiction treatment programs. She has extensive experience as a Group Facilitator teaching Parenting Education, Communication Skills, and Anger Management. She volunteers for the City of Surrey and provides clinical supervision to counselling students at a local agency

Areas of Interest

Addiction, Aboriginal Issues, Communication, Parenting, Anger, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Grief/Loss

Location

Langley

Persons Served

Men, Women, Children and Youth over 10

Larry Kittlitz, MA, CCC

Larry is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with over 20 years experience working with children, youth and adults with a variety of issues.

Areas of Interest

Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Men's issues

Locations Served

Abbotsford, Maple Ridge

Persons Served

Children, Youth, Families, Couples, Men, Women

Mark Douglas, MA, RCC

Mark is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has several years of experience working with families, children, and youth, and has special training in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and Play Therapy.

Areas of Interest

Divorce/Separation, Parent-Child Conflict, Family Violence, Childhood Abuse and Trauma, Anger management

Location

Chilliwack

Persons Served

Men, Women, Youth, Children, Couples, Families

Monica De Roo, MC, RCC

Monica De Roo holds a Masters of Counselling in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Since 2017, Monica has experience working with children, youth, families, couples and groups experiencing a range of concerns. Monica has completed training in Mentalization- Based Treatment for Adolescents, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy and Circle of Security Parenting Program. Monica uses other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Art Therapy and Play Therapy.

Areas of Interest

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD

Locations

Chilliwack, Telehealth

Persons Served

Men, women, youth, children, individual, couples, families

Pree Wadhawan, MA, RCC

Pree is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Her work history includes working with women and children fleeing violence. She offers counselling in both English and Punjabi.

Areas of Interest

Stress/Anxiety, Anger, Addiction, Trauma, Grief/Loss, Domestic Violence, Childhood Issues

Location

Abbotsford

Persons Served

Men, Women, Youth and Children, Couples, Families

Ray Welliver, MSW, RCSW

Ray is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the mental health field. He offers counselling in both English and Spanish.

Areas of Interest

Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Stress/Anxiety

Location

Langley

Persons Served

Men, Women, Youth and Children, Couples, Families, Groups

Sandy Chinery, MSW, M.Ed, RSW

Sandy is a registered Social Worker with the B.C. College of Social Workers who possess a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and a Masters Degree in Education (specialising in Adult Education) from Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over the past 30 plus years Sandy has combined Social Work and Adult Education and has experience working in, but not limited to, such areas as, child protection, healthcare (both as a Social Worker Master and an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)) and in the public and post secondary educational system (both as a Social Worker and an Adult Educator.

Areas of Interest

Solution Focused Therapy; Grief and Loss; Couples Counselling; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); and Workshop Facilitation/Adult Educator

Locations

Chilliwack

Persons Served

Couples, Families, Men, Women

Sharon Cooper, MA, RCC

Sharon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors with over 17 years experience working with youth, children and their families.

Areas of Interest

Stress/Anxiety, Addictions, Grief/Loss, Women's issues

Location

Abbotsford

Persons Served

Men, Women, Youth, Children, Couples, Families

Stefan Dunn, M.Sc., CCC

Stefan Morgan Dunn is an experienced Family Trauma Therapist who specialises in addiction issues, with a background in youth, adult, and group therapy. Mr. Stefan Dunn’s training, education, and experience in psychology has provided him with a strong background in both individual and group therapy. He is adept with assessment, intervention, treatment, counselling, and many therapeutic approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Centered Therapy, Family Therapeutic Mediation, and Art Therapy. Stefan has extensive experience in crisis and emergency situations, and he has worked as a facilitator for over 16 years working with child and family services, treatment centers, recovery houses, schools, and international mediation firms. His background has included counseling in cases of substance abuse, suicide, violent crimes, and parental abuse. He is also familiar with dysfunctional family issues, sexual harassment, learning disabilities, child development, anxiety, stress, and depression. Mr. Dunn is proficient in developing and implementing client centered case plans that are designed towards relapse prevention. Stefan has more than 7 years of experience in a collaborative approach with psychology and mediation, and 14 years of facilitation, family counselling and mediation specializing in addiction issues.

Areas of Interest

Family Therapy, Reunification, Addiction, Trauma.

Location

Telehealth

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Families, Youth

Tina Leknois, MA, RCC

Tina Leknois is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a background in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and couples counselling. Tina strives to offer clients a diverse counselling style in order to provide them with the best possible care using a solution-focused, cognitive behavioural therapy framework.

Area's of Interest

Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief/loss, couples, trauma

Locations Served

Telehealth

Persons Served

Men, women, couples, Youth over 12

Tony Lapointe, MA, MBA, RCC

Tony possesses a unique perspective gained from his education, experience and work history that gets results. He is a personable and outgoing counsellor, leadership coach and consultant with over 20 years’ experience. Tony brings a wealth of knowledge from his personal and professional background as small business owner, executive director, team leader and service provider coupled with a Masters of Arts Degree in Counselling and Psychology, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Certified Executive Coach (CEC). He completed EMDR certification in March 2020, Cognitive Processing Therapy in August 2021, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) immersion training in November 2021. He is described by others as "genuine, authentic, insightful, energetic, outspoken, articulate and engaging."

Areas of Interest

Addictions, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, Workplace Issues, LGBTQ. Models used include CBT, EMDR, AEDP, CPT

Location

Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack

Persons Served

Men, Women, Teens (16 and over), Couples

Wendy Yasinski, DMFT, CPC

Healing can begin by being a shoulder for someone to lean on and for the person to feel supported when life gets difficult or even if it gets horrific. Over the past 21 years, Wendy has exercised her extensive experience and passion for working with children, youth, adults, couples, and families to help thousands of people heal. Her extensive experience also has allowed her to successfully develop multiple groups and facilitate hundreds of group therapy sessions. Wendy brings a wealth of experience using various modalities of therapy including Brief Solution-Focused Therapy (BSFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and various other family systems therapy (i.e., Structural Family Therapy). Before working as a therapist, Wendy had a passion for working with children, teenagers, and their families, and so she completed a 2-year early childhood development diploma and worked to support families. Little did she know, in her early 20s, that this would begin her journey into becoming the strong therapist she is today. Due to her desire to work with people who were emotionally hurting, Wendy began a masters program, which then led to a doctoral program. While doing a Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy, Wendy developed a domestic violence screening instrument for the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. For her doctoral thesis, Wendy also wrote a book called Development of a Domestic Violence Screening Instrument. This screening Instrument is patented by Wendy in America. Wendy’s hands-on journey as a therapist began by conducting therapy with underprivileged people who were homeless, as well as working with children and their families who were dealing with abuse and/or neglect. Because she had a desire to obtain a wealth of experience in different areas, Wendy then worked in a psychiatric hospital conducting individual, family, and group therapy for children and teenagers who were inpatient or outpatient, helping those struggling with various mental health issues such as suicide, anxiety, depression, self harm, and family issues. For 12 years Wendy grew into a stronger therapist while working in the Superior Court of California as a court mediator, helping parents, relatives, children, and teenagers deal with custody and visitation court battles. Her skills continued to grow as she began to facilitate 52-week domestic violence and anger management classes that were parole and probation court ordered. She also facilitated parenting, co-parenting, self-esteem, and various other groups. Wendy then decided to change her journey and became a Caseworker with Children and Family Services, helping to support families dealing with abuse and/or neglect issues. Wendy was blessed to support struggling children, teenagers, and families grow into emotionally healthy and healed role models in society. Her lesser-used skills were strengthened through working in an Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program. he conducted individual and family therapy sessions and facilitated and developed psychoeducational and support groups to help individuals, families and loved ones, who were affected by psychosis. She helped these families understand what psychosis was and feel supported and empowered in their journey. For multiple years Wendy has also conducted therapy through various Employee Assistant Programs (EAP), helping employees and their families dealing with issues such as bullying/harassment, the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, family issues, children/teenager issues, alongside other issues. Wendy is a Christian counselor who can incorporate spiritual principles into mental health treatment if requested. In addition, Wendy and her dog, Bronco, are certified to do Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). The main goal of AAT is to have improved client emotional, cognitive, and social functioning. Bronco and Wendy have worked together in more than 100 hours of therapy. Bronco is ready and willing to work in sessions with Wendy upon request.

Areas of Interest

Couples/Marital Counselling, Addictions, Abuse, Stress, Anxiety, Anger, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavioral Issues, Blended Family Adjustment, Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues, Child & Youth Stress and Trauma, Communication and Negotiation, Dealing with Physical Health Issues, Grief and Loss, Family Issues, Violence, Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Impulsivity, Insomnia, Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Marital and Relationship Conflict, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Out of Control Shopping, Self Esteem Issues, Social Anxiety, Suicide, Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), Bullying and Harassment, Work Related Issues, Divorce and Separation, Co-parenting

Location

Telehealth, Limited In-Person Sessions TBD

Persons Served

Men, Women, Couples, Families, Children, Teenagers, Group Therapy