Our background

Our Counselling Interns
 

All of our intern counsellors are in the final phase of completing their master’s degrees in clinical counselling. As the last part of their counselling training, they are required to complete a certain amount of counselling hours to graduate and receive their designation. Our interns receive weekly professional supervision from experienced supervisors here at our Centre to support them in their learning. When you work with an intern you receive the benefit of both their skills and training as well as their supervisor’s expertise.

 

As a not for profit we greatly appreciate and rely on interns completing their training with us as it allows us to fulfill our mission to provide affordable counselling by supporting our subsidy program. If you apply for a subsidy you will likely be set up with an intern counsellor who fits your needs.

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Miranda Harvey

MC (In Progress)

Miranda holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies and history from the University of Victoria, and is currently completing a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle in Canada. She has years of experience as a crisis support volunteer for youth, and has also volunteered extensively as a counsellor for university students and adults. Miranda enjoys working with people of diverse backgrounds to situate problems in systems of influence, unveiling individuals' inner resources by collaborating on connecting their values and interests with their goals for meaningful transformation. She is especially interested in helping individuals manage stress, anxiety, and pain; improve their relationships; navigate grief and loss; and become better friends with themselves. Co-creating a warm and safe environment imbued with curiosity through therapeutic approaches like Narrative Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and Existential Therapy, as well as through tools like grounding, body-awareness, and mindfulness, Miranda supports the people she works with to thrive amid the ebbs and flows of life.

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Sharon Baerg

MACP (In Progress)

Sharon is completing her Masters in Counselling from Yorkville University and is a practicum intern at South Island Counselling. She brings a holistic perspective to her collaborative work with clients and seeks to support each individual in their journey toward enhanced wellness. Sharon’s goal as a counsellor is to cultivate an authentic, accepting space for a client to explore challenges, identify strengths, develop coping strategies and gain insight. Her vocational background and life experience includes working with people as they navigate the emotional, relational and spiritual complexities of life. She has an integrated, person-centered approach to counselling, and draws from various evidence-based applications. Appointments are available between Monday and Thursday, and some Saturdays. 

Kathleen is a graduate level student in Counselling Psychology. Her passion is working with youth, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds, including military families who face a range of mental health concerns. Working in both French and English, she helps clients feel comfortable, safe, and heard while challenging them to identify strengths and goals through a solution-focused lens. 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. 

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Kathleen Thaler

CD1, MA, MACP (In Progress)

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Tiffany Canning

MACP (In Progress)

Tiffany is currently undertaking her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and works part-time at Victoria General Hospital in youth mental health. Tiffany has worked alongside children and families for over a decade now and has travelled across Canada and around the world speaking to individuals about their self-worth, self-esteem, and identity. Tiffany has spent several years volunteering with many related associations such as Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Ronald McDonalds House and Child Life in the Hospital.

Her passion is working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, addictions and self-esteem issues. Tiffany knows how overwhelming life can be and her desire is to support others by teaching practical skills to regulate emotions, promote self-awareness, foster resiliency and ultimately restore familiesYou will love Tiffany’s warm personality and ‘down-to-earth’ style that gives each client the space to feel safe and comfortable. In her spare time, you will find Tiffany camping, hiking scenic trails, and spending time with family and friends.

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Taylor Evans

MACP (In Progress)

Tay (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. She has also completed over 600-hours in yoga and mindfulness training and comes from a background in health promotion and sexual violence advocacy. Given her eclectic background, Tay integrates a variety of approaches to offer individualized support. She is continually drawn to body- and justice-oriented approaches, as well as relational  orientations to understanding mental health. Tay aims to offer a supportive, accepting place for all clients to land—and to hopefully get a little curious about their inner and outer experience.

Tay is available to see clients Wednesday to Saturday.

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Tamara May

MACP (In Progress)

Tamara is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Program at Yorkville University. Tamara works from a solution-focused and strengths-based approach while incorporating CBT, narrative, and person-centered methods. This perspective acknowledges the mind-body connection, as well as the strengths, values, and untapped potential in each client as they navigate their life stories and set goals. Tamara also infuses mindfulness into her sessions to promote a healthier mind-body presence that helps facilitate self-awareness, self-acceptance, and well-being. She believes in working collaboratively with clients and creating a safe, open, and accepting space to explore their experiences. Tamara emphasizes the importance of a compassionate, non-judgemental, and trusting therapeutic relationship to ensure that you feel supported, comfortable, and understood as you navigate your wellness journey together.  

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Curtis Menz

MACP (In Progress)

Curtis comes to South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Society as a Masters student in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. He brings a background and education in physical health by completing his Bachelor's degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership and working as a fitness coach. This belief in the mind-body connection embraces the counselling emphasis on wellness, growth, empowerment, and personal development. Through a collaborative, safe, and respectful environment, Curtis hopes to work with clients through the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural aspects to build resilience and well-being. A natural client-centred approach supports clients in understanding their narratives and embracing their authentic self while reducing negative self-perceptions.
Curtis is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for in-person and virtual sessions.

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Laura DiCastri

MACP (In Progress)

Laura is currently completing her Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She values creating a positive therapeutic relationship with clients through a non judgemental and empathetic approach, with a particular focus on client strengths. She is familiar with different theoretical approaches such as CBT, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy and believes in tailoring the therapeutic process to the unique needs of the client. Laura is passionate about the counselling process and exploring how she can work collaboratively with clients to increase wellbeing through acceptance, self-awareness and goal creation.