Our Counsellors

Psycotherapists & Supervisors

Dr. Scott Kouri, PhD., RCC

Co-Founder & Clinical Director

Working with me is a process of honestly confronting your internal world in a non-judgemental way. Together we can work towards authenticity and a genuine relationship with ourselves and others. Counselling entails finding ways to manage our experiences while changing the underlying issues that perpetuate them. Sometimes, growth means overcoming obstacles through practical work, and sometimes it means making sense of our challenges within the broader unfolding of our lives.

You will find a private, safe, and confidential space to address your challenges and improve your life. I believe each person is on their own path to healing and growth. I provide a contained space in which your work of self-discovery, change, and growth can take place. My role is to support you in achieving the goals you have for yourself.

As a supervisor for students and early career counsellors, I offer in-depth processes of self-reflection, theoretical engagement, and case review. I work from a critical psychodynamic perspective which includes analysis of discourse, power relations, and the unconscious. I have a background in Jungian analytic psychology and focus on the therapist as an instrument for change.

Dr. Michelle Bass, MSW, PhD., RSW, RCC

Co- Founder & Director

I am a registered clinical counsellor and registered social worker. I have gained the wisdom and knowledge to guide individuals and couples on their path of healing. I provide a safe and compassionate space for self-discovery and development. I strive to be authentic, honest and active in our counselling sessions. I work with individuals and couples who struggle with various psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, substance use, bipolar disorder, life transitions, interpersonal difficulties, self-defeating patterns and trauma.

I rely on several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, and solution-focused approaches. Guided by your needs and goals, I will work alongside you to provide you with the structure and tools to make the changes you desire. Through this work, hidden and self-defeating beliefs, patterns of relating and maladaptive coping strategies are uncovered and examined. New skills are gained enabling you to move forward and make needed changes. In my experience, most people can make meaningful changes in 12 sessions or less.

For individuals and couples impacted by severe adverse childhood events and trauma and individuals who are interested in unlocking their potential, I provide longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. An essential benefit of this work is that painful personal experiences can be processed in a safe and non-judgemental space enabling new interpretations of experiences that facilitate healing.

I also offer clinical supervision to graduate interns in counselling and social work programs. I have thirteen years of experience training graduate mental health professionals and overseeing their practicums. For more information on our intern program click here.

Our Interns

Emily Schmitt, BSW, RYT200

If you are looking for a warm, non-judgmental listener to assist you with life’s challenges, I am here to take that journey with you.

We will collaborate to find your own unique path towards your goals. Whether we are working through mental and emotional burdens, addressing communication problems with someone important to you, or processing complicated life circumstances from the past, I believe we can find a strategy to suit your needs. I use both person-centred and somatic therapies to manage the wellbeing of mind, heart, and body.

I have experience in helping people troubled with consequences of trauma, abuse, depression, and chronic or acute stress. Having worked in the domestic violence field in Victoria, BC, for over 5 years, I have insights to share about the many practical and therapeutic resources available in our community. Outside of my counselling work, I teach trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation. I bring the practice of mindfulness to every one of my counselling sessions.

You deserve a friendly presence to do this work with. Let’s get started on feeling better, together!

Areas of Focus:

  • Symptoms of stress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship and communication challenges
  • Moving past abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem and self-care
  • Building strengths and resiliency

Kelsi-Lee Cooper, B.A. (Psych), IMHA PDD

I am passionate about working with people on an individual basis and I tailor my counselling approach based on what is most helpful for each client. I enjoy working in a strength-based, goal-oriented, collaborative way with clients and believe that small changes can make a big difference. My experiences working in mental health and addictions thus far have taught me that my clients always know best, and I strive to work with you to uncover and amplify your inner strengths and help you to build sustainable solutions. I believe that what we might see as ‘problems’ are often situational or relational, and never truly live inside of us - we are each resourceful and resilient. I will work with you to navigate the obstacles and barriers that might be standing in the way to your desired goals, and to repurpose skills and strategies that may be concealing the path to healing. 

I have experience working with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, and with substance use addiction. I am in my final year as a Master of Counselling student with City University. I have previously completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Applied Ethics in 2015 and I completed a post-degree diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions in 2017. Prior to my master’s program, I worked in substance use support services in both withdrawal management and early addictions recovery programs. 

I have lived on Vancouver Island my whole life, and currently am settled in the Cowichan Valley region with my partner. When I’m not working or reading, I can usually be found with my animals, or exploring outdoors.

Caitlin Colson, MA. Dip. Depth Psychology

As your counsellor, I work to provide you with a safe and non-judgemental space as you take your unique path to wellness. Trained in integral psychology, I bring a holistic perspective to mental health which integrates a variety of approaches and perspectives in our work together. I value this approach because I believe that when our challenges are multifaceted, our solutions must be too. I support individuals through experiences of anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and personal exploration. I work with a variety of counselling approaches and work with you to find the best fit given your issues and priorities. Some therapeutic approaches that I have found useful in my practice include mindfulness, body awareness, existentialism, nature-based therapy and spiritual perspectives. I can help you explore art, movement, writing, inquiry and dreamwork among other things as pathways into creativity and connection to your deeper self.

I have a special interest in working with queer and non-binary folx, neurodivergent individuals, spiritually-oriented people and creative types. As someone who identifies in these ways, I am able to relate to the issues, challenges and gifts that often arise along with these identities.

Originally from Ontario, I hold a Masters degree in philosophy with a focus on existentialism and a diploma in depth psychotherapy. I am currently completing my Masters in Integral Counselling Psychology with the California Institute of Integral Studies and am enrolled in a two year Somatic Attachment training. The intersections of mental health, social justice and mindfulness interest me. In 2019 I co-founded a non-denominational meditation community called Consciousness Explorers Victoria where we engage with these topics. When I’m not meditating or studying I’m usually hiking or camping, playing a sport, dancing, reading and writing, cooking and dreaming.

I work with a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness, body awareness, existentialism, nature-based therapy and spiritual perspectives. I encourage clients to lean into art, movement, writing, inquiry and dreamwork among other things as pathways into creativity and connection to their deeper selves.

Tyler Fong, B.A. PSYC, MA Counselling Psychology Student

I look forward to working with you as we will find ways to improve your mental health and adjust to challenging life experiences. I provide a welcoming, non-judgmental, and confidential environment for you to discuss and explore your experiences.

I like to use an integrated approach, which allows us to collaborate on what will be most helpful for you and what will suit your needs. My approach includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centred, and mindfulness-based practices. I have experience working in stress management, anxiety, depression, communication, and sport. My experiences have taught me that it can be easy to fall into cycles that keep us stuck while our lives continue to move forward. From this, we can utilize your strengths, set goals, and build resiliency to help facilitate healthy mechanisms to break these vicious cycles and develop tools that will help you move forward.

I am in the final stages of completing the Master of Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. I have a BA in psychology from the University of Manitoba, where I was a student-athlete and Academic All-Canadian. During my time in Manitoba, I also co-facilitated peer-support groups for stress, anxiety, depression, and student-athletes. Working with those who are or were involved in sports is an area that is very close to me and an area I wish to further develop. Specifically, I think the concepts of burnout, stress-management, identity, and transitioning away from sport are very important areas that can be overlooked.

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