Bruce Youngren Executive Director, M.A., RCC
Bruce received his Masters Degree in Counselling from the University of Alberta. He enjoys 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 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, 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.
Diane Trapp Senior Counsellor, 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.
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!
Kelly Josling, M.A., RCC
Kelly is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has a passion for supporting children, teens, and their families. Kelly is completing her Certification in Synergetic Play Therapy (SPT), a research informed model of play therapy blending together neuroscience, attachment, nervous system regulation, physics, mindfulness, and authenticity. This exciting new approach helps children and teens increase their belief in themselves, regulate through big emotions and challenges, improve their relationships, think and learn more clearly. Play Therapy allows children to express what is troubling them when they do not have the developmental and language skills to express their thoughts and feelings.
Kelly takes into consideration parents and caregivers as playing a critical role in the healing process. Parent education sessions are also available to provide reassurance and help add to what is already working at home. Kelly believes in the inner strength and wisdom of every client and supports their connection to their authentic self. She also draws from ideas and concepts from solution focused therapy, positive psychology, Yoga, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Emotional Focused Family Therapy. Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys time with her family, running, reading, and the simple things in life.