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!
Lynn Cameron Counsellor, M.A., RCC
Lynn holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. For over 25 years she has counselled individuals for a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, stress and bereavement to name a few. Her approach to counselling is oriented to body, mind and soul. She draws on years of working with and training in trauma and abuse healing work, several body centred therapies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Lynn has a passion for healing and growth and helping individuals transform difficult emotions, thoughts, beliefs and body sensations towards a grounded, centred “at home” experience inside themselves. Her approach is attachment based knowing the impact on the development of the brain of earliest experience in our most significant relationships. This can bring understanding to the roots of our struggles and behavioural patterns so that we can establish healthier ones that bring about more satisfying, meaningful relationships. She encourages practices outside the therapy session toward developing mindfulness and self compassion to assist in calming the nervous system and improving mood for those struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
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.