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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Jeevan Atwal

MACP (In Progress)

Jeevan is a graduate level student at Yorkville University and is completing her practicum at South Island Counselling. Jeevan works from a holistic, person-centered approach, and hopes to provide a judgement-free environment so her clients can feel comfortable and safe. She believes that through the formation of a strong therapeutic relationship, the client and counsellor can work collaboratively to help the client understand themselves and their challenges, in order to identify and achieve their goals. Jeevan looks forward to supporting individuals from all walks of life, and will be accepting clients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

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Christina Atkinson

MACP (In Progress)

Christina recently moved to Victoria from Ontario to complete her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at Yorkville University. With experience working with children, adults and experience travelling to other countries, Christina will work together with your personal goals and experiences to increase your well-being in a way that suits and fulfills your life. While being empathetic and trusting, Christina is familiar with CBT, humanistic methods, and helping clients learn about themselves and how to work with the challenges they are facing. Clients can schedule appointments on Monday, Tuesday’s and Wednesdays. 

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Elizabeth Bekker

MTS, MACP (In Progress)

Liz holds a Master of Theological Studies from McMaster University and is completing her Master of Counselling through the University of Lethbridge. Liz has an undergraduate degree in arts and a teaching degree from the University of Victoria. She spent many years as a high school teacher and a youth worker.

Liz takes an interest in the whole person; body, mind and spirit, and seeks to hold space for clients to witness their own resilience and strength in the midst of struggles. Through exploring cognitive, emotional, or behavioural barriers to well-being, Liz encourages clients in their discovery of meaning, wisdom, and hope to live deep, joyful and wholehearted lives. 

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Roxy Humphrey

MCC (In Progress)

Roxy has been journeying alongside people throughout her adult life as a teacher, intern supervisor, mentor, mountain guide, group facilitator, and youth worker.  She finds that, in the context of safe and loving relationships, people continually find the tools, resources, strength, and insight within themselves to steer their lives in new, life-giving directions.  Roxy is of Scottish/English descent and was born in Vancouver, on the land of the Coast Salish Peoples.  She and her family now gratefully live, work, and study in Victoria, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lekwungen Speaking-peoples.  Roxy's counselling is informed and supported by constructivist modalities, where an individual is seen within the context of a greater social and cultural landscape.  She sees how the broader world impacts individuals and also how working with individuals, couples, and families impacts the broader world.  She fosters a welcoming space for people from all walks of life and works hard to affirm the dignity of all people.  She is excited to meet with clients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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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. 

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Tamara May

MACP (In Progress)

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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.

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. 

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.