Our Counsellors
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Barbara Baillie


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.

B. Lyn Dunn

BA, M.Ed

Lyn has Master’s level training in counselling psychology and has been influenced and developed as a person and as a counsellor through: a troubled childhood, spiritual pursuits, cross-cultural experiences, striving for self-knowledge, making mistakes in life, theological study, work in Corrections, extensive travel, counselling in the British Columbia school system, charitable work in Africa, work as a Mental Health and Addictions counsellor in the Northwest Territories, a deep and abiding curiosity about people and the human experience, and experience as a father and grandfather.  Lyn helps clients toward deeper self-knowledge and self-acceptance as a springboard for change.  He has recent training has been in the areas of Trauma, Counselling Indigenous Peoples, and Motivational Interviewing.

Thayre Christine Fellows


Thayre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Athabasca and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She has extensive experience working with children, youth and adults in both educational and counselling settings, including crisis intervention. Taking a uniquely spiritual, energetic and emotion-focused approach to counselling, Thayre focuses on each individual’s ability to self-heal. Thayre helps guide clients through relationship, introspection, creativity, play, art, and education to help them re-frame problems into opportunities, and use life's challenges to foster growth and change.

Audrey Gibson

BSc OT, M.Div (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


Is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Joy brings experience from a broad background: science at UBC (Vancouver); public health at UCLA (Los Angeles); conflict resolution at the Justice Institute (Burnaby); international development (Belize and Papua New Guinea); First Nations community development (northern BC); federal government management (Ottawa); and theology at Regent College (Vancouver). Joy approaches counselling from a holistic perspective and serves clients of various backgrounds, ages, and issues. Using a variety of approaches in response to the interests and needs of clients, Joy assists individuals in discovering their unique journey toward mental, emotional, physical, and relational wholeness.

Stephanie Hayes


Stephanie holds a MA degree in child and youth care from the University of Victoria. She has worked as an early childhood educator and as a college instructor. Stephanie has a special interest in addictions counselling, and recently obtained a certificate in addictions-informed health counselling. She has a compassionate and collaborative approach toward individuals who seek to minimize the harm of addiction. Stephanie also works with a variety of other challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, and parenting. In response to the needs of each client, she utilizes several therapeutic methodologies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and Bowen family systems theory. She guides individuals to recognize and enhance their strengths and to develop the resilience that they will need to navigate the process of change with confidence and hope. Stephanie also facilitates Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) groups at South Island Centre.

Dorothy Meier


Holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counsellors and Psychologists Association (CCPA). She has worked in various settings including schools, Brief Therapy Clinics and doing EAP work. She has a keen interest in children and parenting, endeavoring to ease the stress and anxiety that is all too common with our busy lifestyles. Using a combination of reframing negative thoughts and tapping into our neglected sense of mindfulness, she hopes to restore a balance to life and its many challenges. She believes in allowing children to express themselves freely through play therapy and uses a child-centered approach which empowers them. She is passionate about helping adults and children alike and is adept at employing several modalities. Dorothy believes that bringing awareness to our unhealthy patterns while encouraging steps towards positive change is the basic premise behind the process.

Meghan Richey


Meghan is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality from the University of Ottawa. Meghan is especially interested in the process of navigating life transitions and the development of our identities over time. Working with elements from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and existential analysis, Meghan takes a values-based approach to help clients identify patterns, gain greater self understanding and take steps to build a future that is grounded in authenticity and personal meaning. She draws on principles from yoga, art therapy, eco-therapy and spiritual traditions in an embodied approach to emotional healing.

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


Laurie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

She earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Laurie specializes in working with people experiencing anxiety and depression. She provides individual and couples therapy as well as psycho-educational anxiety groups for adults. Her theoretical approach integrates Person-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Laurie’s background includes work in outpatient mental health, residential drug and alcohol treatment, and social service agencies for families, chronic mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Tamar Swartz


Tamar holds a Master of Social Work, as well as a MA and BA in Sociology. She is interested in working with clients experiencing life transitions, anxiety and navigating grief and loss. She aims to co-create a non-judgemental, safer therapeutic space with clients, and to explore the challenges being faced while also celebrating the resilience and strengths that arise. Tamar has training as an Expressive Arts Practitioner (EAP) and draws on visual art, writing, storytelling and somatic experiencing. Expressive arts offers a space for clients to explore experiences that may not yet have words. She wholly supports self determination and believes that clients are the expert in their own lives. Her role as a counsellor is one of space holding, witnessing and supporting through insight and reflection.

Erin Farley


Erin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has been seeing clients at South Island since May 2018. Erin offers an integrative theoretical approach that incorporates Person-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. In counselling sessions, she provides a comfortable, non-judgemental environment to explore areas of your choosing, at your own pace.

Growth, healing, and balance are achieved through honest and authentic exploration of yourself. You know your story. Erin can provide support as you bring your skills and expertise to the pursuit of growth and solutions."

Tasha Friedrichsen


Hailing from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Natasha moved to the Island particularly to complete an internship at our centre. She is a student of Couples and Family Therapy and is excited to begin working with her new community in this capacity. Natasha is well versed in working with adolescents and enjoyed hearing their stories, which suits her Narrative, Systemic, and EFT training. Tasha is available Wednesday and Thursday all day or Friday afternoons for counselling.