Port Alberni Counsellors

Pamela Ana M.A., CCC
Pam is pleased to offer counselling services for children, youth and adults. People say Pamela is a friendly, down-to-earth, and practical person. Bringing a wealth of experience to her counselling practice, people benefit from her years of experience in human services, which includes work in crisis centres, mental health clinics, public schools, colleges and FN communities. Pamela’s experience in adult counselling work has been with people with a variety of physical, learning, and mental health diagnoses, as well as those with challenging stressors and crisis. Her way of working is client-centered in a safe respectful environment where there is a mutual interest in building a supportive experience that benefits the client. Through compassion, professional training, humour and a genuine interest in the interest of the client, she engages in a dynamic process to resolve issues that are currently distressing the client.

Pamela also has specialized experience working with children and youth and provides effective approaches tailored to their age. Whether for the child or the family, she creates a space that is safe for children and teens to explore their hopes and fears with their families as they develop independence and identity. Pamela has had specialized training to support for friends/family members bereaved by suicide, those facing Adult Children Of Alcoholics issues and coping with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

Tessa Brohart M.Beh.Sc, BScN, SEP, CCC
Tessa is a graduate of Laurentian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a graduate of Bastyr University with a Master’s of Behavioral Science Degree in counselling.  Post graduate training includes certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.  She is also interested in Family of Origin issues and attachment.  Tessa is presently training to be a Medical Qi Gong Practitioner.  Tessa has been counselling others since 1998 and is a client centered practitioner that uses a multitude of counselling theories and tools.  Coming from a strength based, body oriented and holistic, spiritual perspective, she creates safety and support to assist people to navigate and overcome obstacles and life’s challenges.  Tessa’s experience in adult, couples and youth counselling work includes helping those with a variety of physical and mental health diagnoses, trauma, addictions, stress management, relationship issues and grief and loss.

Ron Jorgenson M.ED., RCC
Ron has 29 years of counselling experience, including 15 years in community based counselling practice. In his work he has provided counselling to individuals, couples and families since 1989. He has both lived and worked in First Nations communities for 30 years, and is sensitive and adaptable while working in cross cultural situations.  Ron has conducted psycho/social assessments of clients involving diverse issues including crisis intervention, family role disruption, adolescent acting out, sexual, physical, emotional abuse, substance abuse, and trauma. He has trained extensively in Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Critical Incident Response, Working with Troubled and Troubling Adolescents and Peer Counselling.

In his work he has managed a large caseload of both voluntary and involuntary clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, provided counselling support and crisis response for critical incidents for staff in the education system, and provided clinical support for student interns and front-line workers. He has extensive experience in the provision of training and systems evaluations in varied cultural contexts and on international, national and local levels.

In addition, Ron has extensive training and experience in the field of FASD and served as the FASD Specialist in Special Education for School District 70 for 11 years.  During the last 12 years, Ron has also provided Neuro feedback both to the school district and to clients in his private practice.   Ron holds advanced certificates in Panic Healing and Reiki and is an avid sea kayaker.

Sandra Karlsen MSW
Sandra is an Indigenous Therapist with 28 years of experience. Born on Vancouver Island she has made Port Alberni home and traveled throughout Canada in the pursuit of adventure and education. Her strengths are drawn from a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work specializing in Indigenous Trauma Resilience from Toronto University combined with her practice of trauma informed lens. Sandra is able to integrate experiences from her personal and professional life and has helped many.  It takes courage to seek out services and her approach is compassionate and respectful as she acknowledges you are the expert of your life and your experiences. Sandra can help you be at ease with her safe and supportive environment while helping you to make changes that you seek and deserve.