Bruce Youngren Executive Director, M.A., RCC
Bruce received his Masters Degree in Counselling from the University of Alberta. He has a great deal of experience helping people resolve stubborn emotional issues, relationship concerns, addiction challenges, spiritual needs and workplace matters. He offers clients of all ages a place where they will find safety, respect, kindness, acceptance and collaboration. He believes that by doing so unique possibilities, insights and solutions can be uncovered and discovered. Bruce is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor, member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He has also received training in alcohol and addiction treatment, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Bruce is passionate about providing healing, respect, integrity and leadership to the organizations he serves. For fun, he enjoys doing tai chi as a student and as a new instructor.
Lisa Barnes Senior Counsellor, M.Ed., CCC
Lisa received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 1989 and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has taught counselling skills and theory at several post- secondary institutions in Greater Vancouver and Victoria. Her unique background as an educator and counsellor allows her to be supportive and understanding with fellow educators.
Lisa has successfully worked with clients for 25 years with issues such as addictions, family problems, anxiety and depression. She counsels from a short term dynamic psychotherapy model, which is very successful at helping clients with anxiety and depression. Helping clients connect with their true feelings is an essential part of her work.
Her rejuvenation and re-energizing comes from swimming in the Cowichan River as much as possible, as she deeply appreciates the beauty of the Cowichan Valley!
Jennifer Taylor M.A., RCC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.” With over 15 years of experience, Jennifer brings a mindfulness based approach to counselling, encouraging awareness and compassionate acceptance of thoughts and feelings as they arise in the present moment. Her experience over the years includes Need Crisis line, Esquimalt Neighbourhood house, Victoria Hospice, USTAT Mental Health, and Cowichan Family Life.
Donna Brown M.ABS., RCC
Donna received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioural Sciences from Whitworth College and the Leadership Institute of Spokane. She has worked as a Family Justice Counsellor for almost 20 years, mediating and helping families navigate through the emotional, legal and often challenging process of separation. Since 1996 Donna has been in private practice helping family’s move forward during this life-changing event. She has 8 years of experience working with First Nations people and is currently a Clinical Counsellor for the Nuu Chuh Nulth Tribal Council, assisting their members who live on and off reserve. She assists many individuals who are dealing with the intergenerational effects of the Residential School System.
Donna brings a strong caring, respectful, accepting… sometimes humorous… approach to her practice. Donna assists families, couples, and individuals learn to cope and heal from traumatic events in their lives, including childhood traumas. She is trained in EMDR, an effective therapeutic tool in dealing with trauma. Donna uses an eclectic approach in assisting people with their issues – whether dealing with couples’ relationships; supporting parents of special needs children; improving parenting relationships following separation /divorce and renewing their parenting strategies; or assisting individuals to deal with the many stressors in their lives that sometimes overwhelm or cause depression.
Diane Trapp M.A., B.S., RCC
Diane received her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, Vancouver campus in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta since 1992. Diane has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors since 2002. Areas of specialty for Diane are trauma (EMDR), depression, anxiety, spiritual connectedness, parenting, teens, couples, and financial challenges. Diane has experience working with Emergency Mental Health, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child and Family Counselling Association, and in Private Practice since 2005.Diane has also worked with students in Private Schools as counsellor and house parent. To re-energize she enjoys taking time for hiking, gardening, playing music, sports, singing and laughing with family and friends.
Stephen Chadwick M.A., CCC, RCC
Stephen, or “Steve” as he likes to be called, has been working in the health and caring professions for over 10 years now. In the past he has worked with various populations including middle-aged persons, seniors, the elderly and palliative clients and their families. He has also assisted in dealing with all of the attendant complications of growing older: retirement, refocusing loss of ability, loss of a partner, dealing with “Mom and Dad as they grow old” (and one’s siblings), and dying. Steve’s clinical experience ranges from working with clients struggling with feelings of grief, depression and anxiety to those struggling with drug and alcohol trauma issues. Steve uses an integrated combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as psycho dynamic approaches, brief, solution-focused therapy and Narrative therapy.
In the past, Steve has also helped clients in emergency mental health who are truly in immediate crisis, such as suicide or immediate trauma. He also enjoys co-facilitating psycho dynamic group s and has done so in the past. Steve has also worked with adolescents and has experience with Drug and Alcohol Counselling and clients in recovery.
Making psycho educational presentations on mental health topic areas such as: healthy communications assertiveness and challenging false beliefs is another area that Steve has done in the past in order to empower clients and give them tools to help them identify for themselves when they might be in difficulty.
On the personal side, Steve is a keen gardener/quasi farmer and has an avid interest in all things agricultural. Steve’s greatest joy then is “watching things grow” whether in the garden or in people as they blossom and become their best selves and reach for their full potential.
Heather Fischer, M.A., RCC
Heather has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. Heather has also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Play Therapy. Heather has a background in education and has worked extensively with children, adolescents and their parents over the past 15 years in private practice as well as in a variety of other settings. In her free time, Heather pursues her passion of connecting with animals and nature. She enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs and learning with horses.