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Our Counsellors

Clinical Specialists

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, PhD., MSW, RSW, RCC

Co-Founder & CEO

With over 25 years of experience in mental health counselling, I have gained the wisdom and knowledge to guide individuals and couples on their path to 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.

I provide longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals and couples impacted by severe adverse childhood events and trauma and those interested in unlocking their potential. 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 supervise graduate interns in counselling and social work programs. I have thirteen years of experience training graduate mental health professionals and overseeing their practicums.

Registered Counsellors

Kelsi-Lee Cooper, MC, RCC

Welcome to Your Path! My name is Kelsi. I have experience helping clients with a variety of different problems over the past 5 years and in private practice for a year. I can help you with concerns relating to relationships, addiction, substance use, anxiety, stress, depression, and more. I enjoy working with individuals and with couples, and will work with you collaboratively to help you find your way forward.

I apply a strength-based, goal-oriented, and individualized approach with each of my clients, drawing on a variety of evidence-based approaches specially tailored to suit your needs. I believe that small changes can make a big difference, and I will work collaboratively with you to uncover and amplify your inner strengths and help you to build sustainable solutions. Some of the evidence-based approaches I may use in our sessions include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gottman Relationship Methods, Response Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

You are welcome to book an initial 15-minute free consultation to see if I would be a good fit for you.

Emily Schmitt, M.A., RCC

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

Mele Smallwood, M.A., RCC

Foundational to my work is providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space where you feel seen, heard, and understood.

I use an integrative and trauma-informed approach to counselling, which allows me to pull from various models, such as person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and emotion-focused, to support your individual needs best.

I have experience working with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and trauma.

Navigating life's challenges can be difficult, and you don’t need to do it alone. Together, we will work as a team to achieve your meaningful therapeutic outcomes.

Caitlin Colson, M.A., Dip Depth Psychology. RCC

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. I draw on a variety of counselling approaches and work with you to find the ones that best fit your needs. Some therapeutic approaches that I have found useful in my practice include mindfulness, body awareness, existentialism, nature-based therapy and spiritual perspectives. I help clients explore art, movement, writing, inquiry and dream work among other things as pathways into creativity and connection to their deeper selves. I believe that when our challenges are multifaceted, our solutions must be too.

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. I also support individuals through experiences of anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and personal exploration.

I hold a Masters in Integral Counselling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Masters degree in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, and a diploma in depth psychotherapy. I am currently studying Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy, an approach that integrates body awareness, nervous system regulation and relational patterning.

When I'm not working, I'm spending much of my time outdoors with my therapy-dog-in-training.

Laura Di Castri, MACP, RCC

My counselling approach is based on building a positive therapeutic relationship with a foundation of collaboration and empathy. I believe in tailoring the counselling experience to the unique needs of the client and creating a safe space to explore the issues that are impacting your current experience.

In my practice I utilize cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused and narrative techniques as well as polyvagal informed practice. I have a background in working with women fleeing intimate partner violence as well as newcomers to Canada with an emphasis on advocacy and community resources. My areas of focus are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, attachment, boundaries and more. I am passionate about the counselling process and hope to partner with you on this journey of personal exploration and increased wellbeing.

Tyler Fong, M.A., CCC

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 hold a masters degree in Counselling Psychology and 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.

Maya Saxby-Jones, M.A., RCC

I work within client-centered, relational, and trauma-informed frameworks, and utilize evidence-based approaches to help you meet your unique needs and goals, including: Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I believe the client is the expert on their own experience, so the counselling process is always collaborative. I strive to provide a safe and inclusive space that is free from shame and judgement.

I have experience supporting children, youth, individuals, and families. I support people navigating relationship concerns, managing anxiety, grief/loss, and stress, as well as self-esteem and identity work.

I invite you to book a free 15-minute consultation with me to ensure we are a good therapeutic fit.

Marcy Richardson, BSc. (nursing), Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology, RTC

I am here to support those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic pain, and/or relational conflict. My approach is gentle, compassionate, and informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities, some of which are Family Systems Theory, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), meditation, and mindfulness practices. In addition to my background in counselling, I bring 13 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, where I have had the honour of supporting people as they face extremely challenging experiences.

I will offer you a warm and caring presence while helping you uncover and access inner resources as we explore your life’s challenges. Through our work together, you will gain self-compassion and develop a more authentic perception of yourself and your needs, as well as the tools to actualize your potential.

I look forward to using my skills, experience, and the warmth of my heart to help you transform and find an authentically aligned connection with your truest self.

Sally Stuike, M.A., RCC

I am a client-focused, strengths-based counsellor who works with people who have experienced trauma. As a trauma counsellor, I work with you in a gentle and compassionate way to identify actions, reactions, and behaviours that once served you but are now impacting your life.

My areas of focus include:

  • Trauma, including abuse and violence
  • Addiction
  • Mood and personality disorders including BPD
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Shame and guilt
  • Relationship issues
  • Infertility, whether your own or your partner's
  • I use a holistic approach and I understand how trauma impacts the mind and the body. I use a range of therapies to help people connect with themselves again, including DBT, ACT, EFT, and Narrative Therapy. Your session is adapted to your needs, and my approach is warm and collaborative. I am also a CVAP counsellor.

    Together we can explore your unique experiences, and find ways to help you feel complete, at peace, and strong in yourself. I’d like to work with you to explore your power and potential, and I’d like to support you as you find a sense of calm in your world. If you feel we may work well together, I invite you to reach out for a consultation.

Danica Wernicke, M.A., RCC

I recognize the strength it takes to reach out for support, and I strive to create a warm and safe space where we can work through life’s challenges together.

My approach to counselling is holistic in nature and incorporates body, emotions, thoughts, and relationships in healing. I have experience working with an array of concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and relationship struggles.

Angelina McOuat, M.A., CCC, Certified Nutritional Practioner (CPN)

I aim to support your healing journey by providing a safe therapeutic environment along with a gentle and empathetic approach that is centred on collaboration. I believe in a holistic approach of exploring the whole person and acknowledging that everyone is unique. Understanding that one size does not fit all, I use an integrative approach to empower and help my clients.

My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and providing people with support related to the damaging impacts of social media. I utilize elements of Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred Therapy (PCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Nature Therapy.

No matter where you are in your journey, it would be my sincerest privilege to assist you by adding more positive, meaningful, and fulfilling aspects to your life. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Masters of Counselling Interns

Sage DaSilva, M.A., Counselling Student

As your therapist, I intend to join in your experience by providing a supportive environment to explore your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.

By using an integrative approach to healing, I am able to cater my counselling style to best fit your needs. In our sessions, I will make use of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help determine and achieve your therapeutic goals.

My areas of interest include eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal attachment. My personal and professional understanding of these concerns allows me to validate and empathize with your lived experience while reducing the feelings of isolation they may create.

I look forward to connecting with you so that together, we can recognize, understand, and overcome the obstacles in your path.

Emily Coldwell, MC Counselling Student

I work from a person-centred perspective, informed by narrative and humanistic therapy. I see you as the expert in your story, and want us to work together to deepen our understanding of how internal narratives play out in larger contexts. In our work together we will co-create a space that allows us to do work that feels relevant to your healing, growth, grief, and empowerment.

I am here to support, listen and explore how your experiences have shaped you. Through our conversations, we may see new opportunities for growth, healing and self-understanding. I work with anxiety, depression, identity, relationships, grief, and loss. I also have a great deal of experience working with young people and use a variety of approaches, including art and nature, to promote healing and growth.

I know that it can be difficult to know whether one person or another might be a good fit for you. Feel free to book a free, brief consultation with me if you would like to meet to discuss what you are looking for in a counsellor, or to see if we might be a good fit. It can take a lot of courage to seek help, or to choose to begin counselling - thanks for being here.

Monica Slobozianu, M.A., Counselling Student

Welcome! As a counsellor, I’m committed to walking alongside you on your path towards healing and self-discovery. Whether you’re facing overwhelming emotions or struggling with relationship dynamics, I am here to support you every step of the way. I bring a compassionate and empathetic approach to our sessions, aiming to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely.

Grounded in a person-centred perspective, I believe in the inherent strength and resilience within each individual. In sessions, I draw from Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and solution-focused approaches to meet your unique needs and preferences. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, addiction, substance use, and interpersonal attachment.

I understand that choosing the right counsellor can be daunting. I invite you to book an initial 15-minute free consultation to discuss what you are looking for in a counsellor and see if I would be a good fit for you.

Let’s embark on this journey together – you don’t have to face it alone.

Free 15-Minute Consultation