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!
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.
Elizabeth Krahn, MSW, RSW
Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (clinical focus) from the University of Manitoba and is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia. She has recently moved to Vancouver Island from Manitoba, where she worked as a counsellor in private practice for a number of years, while also engaging in history research focusing on lifespan and inter-generational effects of collective trauma.
Elizabeth brings a validating presence into the counselling process and enjoys working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and all walks of life, integrating holistic concepts and practices which address emotional, mental, behavioural, social, inter-generational, and/or spiritual factors that can directly or indirectly affect our overall well-being and ability to navigate life’s challenges. She focuses on the capacity of individuals, couples, and family members to transform difficult circumstances into opportunities for growth, and draws from several modalities, including essential principles and strategies of cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, human development and attachment theory, narrative therapy, family reconstruction work based on the Satir approach, and mind-body approaches. She also brings a strong background in mental health into her counselling, having worked as a mental health case worker and counsellor in the Okanagan with adults aged 19 to 90+ years.
Elizabeth’s greatest joy is playing with her wee grandkiddies and spending time in nature. She is thrilled to not have to plug in her car during the winter!