The Team

Note: not all counsellors provide “pay what you can services” – for some of our counsellors, minimum fees may apply.

Ola Abugharbiyeh, MA is continuing her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Yorkville University. Her background in education, human rights, and psychology has enabled her to facilitate the transformation of her diverse, multicultural clients. With strong belief in the human potential, Ola is passionate to facilitate her clients’ exploration of a more fulfilling life. Regardless of your age, skills or experience, there is always potential for a brighter tomorrow, once you get hold of the keys of your own satisfactionOla’s practice is based on integrated approaches of client-centred therapy, Gestalt, ACT, CBT, and existential therapy. In working with individuals, couples, and families, she believes in holistic biopsychosocial wellbeing and draws on solution-focused, strength-based therapies. In her free time, Ola enjoys hiking, kayaking, and doing Yoga. She provides counselling in English and Arabic and can be reached at Phone # 778-650-4773

Shakiba Ahani, MA completed her Master of counselling Psychology at City University.  In 2006 she received her BA in Psychology at University of Fraser Valley. In 2013, she received her credential in Substance Abuse and Trauma Counselling. Shakiba is currently works as a Program Manager with over 14 years of experience that includes working with battered women, youth at risks, vulnerable adults and immigrants. Shakiba is passionate and devoted to empower people and to assist them to move ahead in life. Shakiba practices in Abbotsford.

Jena Amarsi, MA: is a couple’s counsellor who completed her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. She is passionate about educating couples on how to have satisfying, happy love lives and how to keep the fun and passion alive in their relationships. She works with married, cohabiting, and pre-marital couples, as well as single people who want to learn how to have successful relationships in the future.

Some common problem areas she helps clients with are trust, communication, intimacy, and coping successfully with life changes such as pregnancy, job changes, or becoming parents. She teaches tools that will help boost your relationship success now and in the future. Jena has a diploma in Addiction Counselling, a BA in Psychology, and an honors’ thesis in Neuropsychology. *YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HER FROM HER RELATIONSHIP COACHING WEBSITE: WWW.INLOVEINFORMED.COM.

Namrata Bratch, MA Candidate:  is currently completing her Master’s in Counselling at City University of Seattle and working towards becoming a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, majoring specifically in Psychology. She has worked with children from the age of 6 to 17 with the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC for almost 5 years.  Currently, she is working with an adult and elderly population, some of who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other mental illness.

Dorothy Brown MSW RSW TITC – CT Spectrum Counselling Services.  Sometimes in life, we just need a helping hand. How we think, feel and act in our daily life, creates our tomorrow. I believe it is important for you to feel safe, comfortable and understood. Whatever difficulties you are currently facing, I am here to help you. I have a Health Sciences: Master of Social Work Degree in  Physical and Mental Health, a post graduate certificate in Clinical Traumatology and a post graduate certificate for working with Children and Parents with trauma conditions. I provide therapeutic counselling for individuals experiencing mental health conditions and troubling life challenges.I am also registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program.  Counselling fees may be paid by the Ministry of Justice for children and adults suffering emotionally and mentally from a traumatic incident.  Supporting women who are, or have been a victim of spousal abuse is another area of concern I can help with. The first step of renewed strength is realizing that you want and need some help. Call me. By setting up an appointment, you are affirming strength within yourself and you are taking the first positive step that will bring you relief and a happier future. 604-838-9990

Amanda Burns is a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with over 25 years’ experience in the mental health specialty. Amanda is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University so she can expand her skills and continue to serve others in their self-exploration and ability to reach their full potential. Amanda is eager to expand her work with those facing challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, transitions, substance misuse, stress, complex relationships, and grief and loss Her practice is based on an integrated approach of client-centered, CBT, psychodynamic, solution focused and existential theories. In working with individuals, couples, and families, she believes in a holistic biopsychosocial viewpoint to both assessment and intervention. Amanda can be reached at Phone # 778-806-7579

Arianna Clarke-Watts, RCC, MACP: Arianna completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University in New Brunswick and is a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Arianna has worked in the non-profit sector for years as a community advocate and continues to specialize her therapeutic work with those facing challenges such as: trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, transitions, substance misuse, stress, complex relationships, and grief and loss. Arianna is knowledgeable and experienced with cultural diversity among her clients and welcomes clients of all ages, sexual identities and orientations, cultural backgrounds and faiths. She takes a person-centered approach to her clients and helps to guide each individual in finding their inner strength to heal from their wounds. Email: Website:  *Language spoken: English

Julianna Hunt, MC, RCC Juliana’s experience and passion is working with children, teens and adults suffering from issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self harm, low self-esteem, relationship issues, grief and loss, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, school pressure and friendship dynamics, and family relationships and issues such as divorce/step-families/sibling issues. Julianna works closely with children, youth and their families to support people in achieving their mental health and well-being goals. 778-997-5069;;

Rhea Jacobs (MACP, RCC):  works with Crime Victim Assistance Program. She has degrees in Counselling Psychology, Applied Psychology, Political Science and Hindi Literature from India and Canada. Rhea has three years of counselling experience in India and Canada. She primarily focuses on individuals (adults) regarding issues that range from trauma, grief, suicidal thoughts, workplace conflict, stress, major life transitions, communication skills, relationship conflict, issues related to self-confidence, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders.

Being proficient in four languages (English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu), she feels proud to serve a diverse clientele from different cultures which also includes new immigrants and refugees. Rhea’s counselling approach combines mindfulness practices with Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and DBT. Her goal is to find the approach that best suits each client through relying on open dialogue to build a trusting therapeutic relationship. Please read more about her services at

 Caitlyn James, MA:completed her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  She believes in the potential of people and is passionate about helping others imagine better (life, relationships, job, happiness, finances, anything!) Caitlyn teaches 13- to 16-year-olds in a small, inner city alternate school and has a reputation for working with youth who have a difficult time regulating their emotions, energy, or behaviour.

Prior to teaching, she worked in the women’s movement advocating for increased access, safety, and opportunities for happiness, for women and families.  She has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) degree.  Caitlyn uses her education and experience to craft quality opportunities for individuals and groups to imagine and create a better life.


Sharon Lee, MCP: takes an integrative approach to therapy by incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Client Centred modalities within her work. She is very passionate about guiding clients along their journey towards mental wellness. Sharon has had experience working with individuals dealing with a variety of issues, such as: depression, life transitions, anxiety, addiction issues, trauma, grief and loss, cultural identity conflicts, and domestic disputes. Sharon has successfully completed her studies at Adler University (MCP) and the University of British Columbia (BA & DEDU) and offers services in English and Cantonese.

Sharon is dedicated towards reducing the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health services and hopes to continue engaging in anti-stigma work within her career.

Simone Maxwell, BSW, M Ed, RSW, RCC, “Looking for counselling?  A listening ear, someone who cares.  Simone Maxwell, BSW, M.Ed.(Counselling), Registered Social Worker, Registered Clinical Counsellor is now taking appointments at the Surrey office.  Crime Victim Approved Provider.  I have worked with individuals, couples and families.  Contact her through Moving Forward Family Services 778-321-3054, or email:  See more about her at:  ‘I am committed to helping clients find success.'”

Sacha Medine, MCP, completed his Masters of Counselling at City University of Seattle and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (registration #-13769).

Sacha has experience working with people who identify as (or have been labelled as) struggling with issues relating to: anxiety & depression; finding meaning; life transitions; loneliness & social anxiety; relationship conflict; health & medical challenges;addiction & substance misuse; grief & loss; family violence; immigration & refugee claims; trauma, torture & political violence; suicide; sexuality & gender identity; accountability & rehabilitation;
oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.).

Gurjit Mather CHt, RTC is a Registered Therapeutic Counselor and has also been a Certified Hypnotherapist for 8 years. She is a member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and also a member of the International Hypnosis Association. Gurjit has spent many years healing and growing from her own childhood trauma and in the discovery of herself. She utilizes her own healing experience when working with her clients and has worked with many to help them overcome emotional, mental and physical issues; she is now specializing in trauma work and with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She works primarily with emotional therapy and the mind-body connection and works with individuals and as a group facilitator. Gurjit’s private practice is called Suenta Health where she works with clients using both counselling and hypnotherapy techniques and has now opened the Suenta Health Academy where she will be teaching hypnotherapy skills to those who wish to enter the healing field  One of her strongest beliefs is that “Everything happens for a reason.”

Kelly Mooker, MCP, RCC: is a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Kelly holds her Masters in Counselling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Over the past several years she has been working in a non-profit organization where she has gained experience working with families with children.

She did her clinical internship at a non-profit organization where she provided counselling to mandated and non-mandated clients as well as facilitated groups. Kelly’s theoretical orientation is CBT yet she also uses Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Services are provided in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

Kirsten Mueller, MSW RSW has been a social worker since 1995, and has experience with addictions, family conflict, disability, and more. The bulk of her recent professional background lies in supporting individuals around the many emotions that accompany challenging physical and neurological health conditions, whether it is parenting a child with FASD, or caring for an aging adult experiencing depression and declining health. If you have a health condition or are caring for someone like this, you may be experiencing challenges with grief & loss, stress & burnout, and/or shame & stigma. Kirsten is experienced in helping you get through all these challenges.

If you live in Greater Victoria, Kirsten can meet with you either in your home or in her office. However, her passion is helping to make counselling more accessible to everyone across Canada, by providing services online. She has designed Rainstorm Counselling & Consulting to meet the needs of everyone from busy professionals who don’t have time to schedule an appointment, to older adults who have difficulty leaving the house. For example, check out her website to learn more about email counselling, a relatively unknown genre.

In the safe space that counselling creates, lays the capacity to learn about what scares us and thereby promote change and growth in our life. Kirsten’s style is reflective and relational, as experience has taught her that it is the only way to build trust. Having that trusting relationship allows you the courage to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, paving the way to a better life. Kirsten believes that counselling teaches self-compassion (to honour your own truth), and empathy (to understand what is true for others in your life). Please read more about Kirsten and her services at

Dean Pilkey, RTC, MTC

Over the past 20 years Dean has worked for a diverse group individuals and groups, ranging from; persons living with special needs, youth at risk, adults in the criminal justice system and persons in a forced transitional state in their lives.  These areas include, Addiction, Depression, Anger Management, Transitions, Stress Management, Self Management, Career and Learning and Coaching.

Dora Resta, MA Dora has worked for several years as a school counsellor. She deals mostly with children struggling with anxiety, depression, stress as well as self-regulation especially dealing with anger. Also, she has been working with couples having relationship issues and depression among adults.  She can be reached by e-mail at

Linda Tang, MA, RCC: holds a BA in English & Linguistics and MA in Counselling Psychology.  She has worked with immigrants and refugees for almost 20 years in varying capacities including language instruction and settlement support.  It is her passion to work with families in the under-served communities to promote healing and resilience.

Linda has worked with a number of non-profit agencies in Greater Vancouver to build capacity for clients through education and her clinical practice. Linda has a private practice in Metro Vancouver.


Xu Wang, MC:AT, CCC: Xu (MC:AT, CCC) is a certified Canadian counsellor, specializing in art therapy. She has diverse experience in working with clients in various mental health settings, with a wide range of needs. For over six years, Xu worked closely with children, teens, youths, adults and elderly people, supporting clients at every stage of development. Her clinical approach stems from an integration of compassion-focused, narrative and anti-oppression practices, with an emphasis on cultivating clients’ strengths and uniqueness. She also has extensive experience and specialized knowledge in working with LGBTQ issues and supporting the community. Currently, Xu runs private practice in Burnaby, Artfeels Counselling and Art Therapy, providing low-cost counselling services to people who are unable to sustain the cost of private mental health care.

Ginny Wong, MC, RCC: is a  Counsellor with over 30 years of experience as a community-based social worker serving immigrants and refugees. As a Chinese Canadian immigrant parent with extended family members, Ginny knows how important it is to support her clients in their life transitions – in their home language and cultural context. She is fluent in English and Cantonese, and also proficient in Mandarin, with cross-cultural counselling training.

Over the past 20 years, Ginny has been working in Metro Vancouver with clients from all cultural backgrounds facing various immigration and life challenges. Her practice is client-centered, strength-based, and collaborative. Ginny believes in integrating a variety of approaches such as Satir Family Therapy, Solution-focused, and Sandtray therapy.  For more information: or call Ginny Wong at 604-356-1320

Sunny Wong, MA: holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselling. He works with children, adolescent, and adults both individually as well as with the family. Sunny has experience working as a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor, Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor, Family Counsellor, as well as a Grief and Trauma Counsellor. He also has experience working with cross-cultural issues especially with refugee and new immigrant individuals and families. He is a compassionate and empathetic listener who works collaboratively with each of his clients.

Sunny takes an integrative approach to therapy including,  Attachment Theory, CBT, Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. Each individual experiences the world differently, and therefore a unique approach is used for each client depending on his or her needs.



2 thoughts on “The Team

  1. Gary, I received your email and would like to speak with you. Thank you so much for reaching out to your first responders! Lisa Jennings, Founder -You are not alone PTSD BC


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