Amber Eves MEd, RCC, Director of Services, has extensive experience as an educator, school, and community mental health counsellor. Amber received her Masters’ in Counselling Psychology in 1994 to specialize in school counselling which she pursued in school districts on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. She also worked in the US as a licensed mental health practitioner. Amber has worked with children and families who have experienced trauma and abuse and is trained in assisting women heal from sexual abuse. She employs a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and internal family systems therapy to support her clients.Amber is also trained in couples’ counselling and has completed levels 1 and 2 of the Gottman marriage training program.
Margaret Anderson CHPCA, BCHPCA, specializes in grief, loss and other life transition issues including senior care and end-of-life preparedness. A member of the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and its BC affiliate the British Columbia Hospice and Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA), Margaret’s counselling practice covers an array of issues dealing with relationships, domestic violence, sexual abuse, self-esteem, spiritual issues, depression and anxiety. Margaret is an experienced educator and facilitator on bereavement, end-of-life care, elder-care issues and spiritual care. She has vast experience with advanced care planning and family mediation on behalf of elderly clients including those living with chronic and terminal illness.
Barbara Baillie MAPPC, BCATR, holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and Training in spiritual direction. Barb graduated with a M.A. In Pastoral Psychology and Counselling with an art therapy specialization. She helps clients towards a deeper self-knowledge and acceptance. As a trained midlife/long life facilitator, she is also adept at helping clients with the transition points in the second half of life. She’s supported many women through separation and divorce moving them toward positive self.
Bill Cole MA, RCC, works with individuals, couples, and families around a variety of issues. An experienced facilitator, he also teaches family systems theory, marriage preparation, pastoral counselling and pastoral care team training.
Jennifer Cole MA, CCC,received her undergraduate degree in Applied Human Sciences from Concordia University in Montreal and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell in Massachusetts. Jennifer counsels clients for issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, developmental trauma and domestic violence. With couples and families, she works from an attachment based paradigm. Jennifer enjoys working in inter-cultural and cross-cultural settings and draws on a variety of therapeutic modalities including Attachment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Expressive Play Therapy, and on Gottman’s research when working with couples. Jennifer is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Audrey Gibson BSc, OT, MDiv, SW, holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and a Master of Divinity with a major in Social Work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. During her extensive career, Audrey has worked mainly with children living with physical limitations and their families. She developed coaching and mentoring skills as a clinical leader and program coordinator with Island Health in Victoria.
Joy Gillett MPH, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Joy studied science at UBC, public health at UCLA, theology at Regent College and clinical counselling at Colorado Christian University. Joy brings a diverse work background in medical technology, education and training and management. Using a variety of approaches in response to the needs of clients, Joy focuses on assisting individuals toward mental, emotional, relational and spiritual wholeness.
Rosemary Merritt MEd, MPE, RCC, focuses on working with young men and women around self-esteem issues, self empowerment, depression, anxiety, holistic well-being, change, academic issues, sport, career and family related issues.
Peter Simmons BA, MDiv, received his BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and was also awarded a Master of Divinity degree from the Toronto School of Theology. His education and pastoral care work have given him foresight into the intrinsic value of individuality. Peter provides counselling to individuals experiencing a variety of life challenges such as stress, anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, depression, and life transitions.
Laurie Truant, MA, RCC, specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. She provides individual and group therapy as well as psychoeducational support groups for children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and drug addiction, separation and divorce, and developmental disabilities. Laurie’s background in social service agencies, community mental health, outpatient services, residential addiction treatment centre, and day program/sheltered workshops gives her unique insight into present day social issues.