Our Counsellors
 

Our team of clinical counsellors are passionate about providing the highest level of therapy. They have a wide range of training and expertise and our Director of Clinical Services will find the best match for you based on your needs.

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Barbara Baillie

MAPPC, BCATR

Barb worked for many years as a spritual director using the insights of Jungian psychology & Christian sprituality to facilitate clients in their journeys to individuation. Barb believes in the essential goodness & giftedness of each person and that self-acceptance is key for wholeness. Barb is a trained midlife/ long life facilitator helping clients with the transitions of life. She uses the enneagram personality theory in her work as well as art therapy techniques (ie: Lucia Capacchione's inner child work). She has helped many women through the stresses of separation & divorce.

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Laurie Truant

MA, RCC

Laurie works with adults and couples experiencing a broad range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and stress, trauma, grief and loss, and spiritual concerns. Working alongside clients, Laurie’s theoretical approach integrates Person-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She also provides clinical supervision to counselling student interns. Laurie’s background includes delivering counselling services in a residential alcohol and drug treatment centre, an outpatient eating disorders service and various community mental health agencies. As people are complex and wonderfully made, Laurie considers biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors as she listens, empathizes and helps clients move toward their goals and a fuller life.   

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Stephanie Hayes

MA, RCC

­­Stephanie holds a MA degree in child and youth care from the University of Victoria. She has worked as an early childhood educator and as a college instructor. Stephanie has a special interest in addictions counselling, and recently obtained a certificate in addictions-informed health counselling. She has a compassionate and collaborative approach toward individuals who seek to minimize the harm of addiction. Stephanie also works with a variety of other challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, and parenting. In response to the needs of each client, she utilizes several therapeutic methodologies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and Bowen family systems theory. She guides individuals to recognize and enhance their strengths and to develop the resilience that they will need to navigate the process of change with confidence and hope. Stephanie also facilitates Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) groups.

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Audrey Gibson

BSCOT, MDIV(SW)

Holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and a Master of Divinity with a major in Social Work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. During her extensive career, Audrey has worked mainly with children living with physical limitations and their families. She developed coaching and mentoring skills as a clinical leader and program coordinator with Island Health in Victoria.

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Jennifer Lynd

MACP, CCC, RCC

Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Counselling and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  In your sessions with Jennifer, you can expect a welcoming, compassionate, and non-judgemental space where a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities will be incorporated. Jennifer’s primary role in therapy is to become a trusted companion on your journey to improved mental wellness.  She will gently facilitate meaningful conversations that help you develop inner clarity and trust in your resilience and strengths. You may also decide you would like skill development in important areas such as regulating emotions and increasing your tolerance of uncertainty. Whatever your goals, Jennifer will work with you to develop an approach that is unique to your needs. As a former yoga teacher, Jennifer draws strongly on mindfulness practices and personally believes in the healing power of nature, physical movement, and music.    

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Meghan Richey

MA, CCC, RCC

Meghan is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and an RCC with the BCACC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality from the University of Ottawa. Meghan is especially interested in the process of navigating life transitions and the development of our identities over time. Working with elements from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and existential analysis, Meghan takes a values-based approach to help clients identify patterns, gain greater self understanding and take steps to build a future that is grounded in authenticity and personal meaning. She draws on principles from yoga, art therapy, eco-therapy and spiritual traditions in an embodied approach to emotional healing.

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MSC, MOCC, RCC

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Dorothy Meier

MA, CCC

Dorothy is a certified counsellor with CCPA who has an extensive background as an educator and counsellor. She has worked in various settings including schools, Brief Therapy Clinics and doing EAP work. She has a keen interest in children and parenting, endeavoring to ease the stress and anxiety that is all too common with our busy lifestyles. Using a combination of reframing negative thoughts and tapping into our neglected sense of mindfulness, she hopes to restore a balance to life and its many challenges. She believes in allowing children to express themselves freely through play therapy and uses a child- centered approach which empowers them. She is passionate about helping adults and children alike and is adept at employing several modalities. Dorothy believes that bringing awareness to our unhealthy patterns while encouraging steps towards positive change, is the basic premise behind the process. 

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Panida is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Christian Counsellor. Panida has worked with children, youth, couples, and families who face a range of mental health and relationship concerns such as anxiety, depression, traumas, dissociation, family/marital conflict, self-esteem, identity, eating disorders, addictions, grief and loss, and spiritual development. Panida’s work is based on an integrative framework, utilizing a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic models. It is creative and intuitive stance to best meet each unique client’s needs and goals. Panida strives to build therapeutic alliances with clients which provide her clients with a safe, warm and judgment-free environment to discuss their most personal and intimate life struggles. She takes on a strength-based and culturally sensitive approach to help clients understand challenges presented, explore the underlying issues, develop new skills and capacities, support them through changing and healing processes, and facilitate growth. 

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Emma Donald

MACP, RCC

Emma is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She believes in each client's ability to work through past hurts, determine better ways to function in the present, and set goals and intentions for the future. Emma practices from a collaborative, supportive approach and draws from different modalities such as CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems, and others, in order to tailor treatment to each client's specific goals and needs. In drawing on these diverse modalities, Emma can support clients through a variety of issues and challenges including grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, body image struggles, life transitions, and relationship conflicts to create new, healthier patterns in their lives.  

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Kathleen Thaler

CD1, MACP, MALAT

Kathleen holds Masters degrees in both Counselling Psychology and in Learning and Technology. Her passion is working with adults and couples from diverse backgrounds, including military families who face a range of mental health concerns. Working in both French and English, she challenges clients to identify strengths and move towards goals through the integration of Solution-Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. With a recent background in delivering culturally-sensitive support to Indigenous youth, Kathleen's practice is rooted in advocacy. She believes in helping clients to find their own voice and path, as well as to increase their ability to handle life's changes and struggles. Kathleen is available for virtual and in-person sessions Wednesdays and Fridays. 

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Sharon Baerg

MACP, RCC

Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling (MACP), and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC. Sharon brings a holistic perspective to counselling and seeks to support individuals who are navigating the complexities of life. Her goal as a counsellor is to cultivate an authentic, accepting relationship where clients feel supported, seen and valued in their pursuit of wellness. Her education, vocational background, and life experience enrich her person-centered and trauma-informed approach. She believes in the uniqueness, hope and resilience within each person’s story, and draws from various therapeutic approaches to meet a client’s unique concerns and goals. This integrated framework provides a collaborative and supportive context for clients to explore, navigate and cope with challenges like anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions and relational challenges.  

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Bev Hutchinson

MACP, CCC, RCC

Clients who utilize Bev’s services will benefit from her wealth of life experience coupled with her knowledge of the latest evidenced-based therapeutic treatments. Throughout the counselling process, Bev places an emphasis on building and strengthening a productive working relationship with her clients. She also collaboratively creates holistic treatment plans with clients centered on their needs and goals. These flexible road maps help the clients move from where they are now to where they want to go. During the therapeutic process she also infuses humour, empathy, acceptance, straight-forwardness, and compassion into her sessions. Bev has a wide therapeutic breadth and is familiar with CBT, DBT, humanistic methods, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapy interventions. In addition, she has her Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She looks forward to positively impacting and supporting you on your journey to wellness! Bev holds her Master’s in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and member of the British Columbia Accredited Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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