Nanaimo Counsellors

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!

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.