Our Interns

Tasha Friedrichsen

MA, MAFT (in progress)

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.

Riley McDonald

B.A., MC (in progress)

Riley completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Victoria. His keen interest in life’s big questions along with his passion for working with people led him to pursue a career in psychotherapy. He is currently a student in the Master of Counselling program at the University of Queensland, Australia. 

Riley believes that humans are relational beings and that from birth, we rely on connection with others for a sense of safety and security. While there is an innate wisdom within all of us, our ability to see the way forward can become clouded when we are overwhelmed by tragedy or adversity. Riley’s aim is to provide an open, nonjudgemental space in which clients feel safe to share their unique and personal stories. A deep exploration of one’s internal experience can often be freeing, and provide valuable insight into patterns of relating to the self, others, and the world. 

Riley brings a client-centred, collaborative approach to counselling. His integrative style allows him to tailor the therapeutic process to each individual’s needs and preferences. He strongly believes in the power of a trusting therapeutic relationship, and in helping people to discover their internal strengths.

Evan Quinn

BA, MACP (in progress)

My counselling is client focused - using holistic and diverse approaches in order to provide the right support at the right time. Being client centered means I work with your physical, psychological, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. I offer a relationship based, compassionate and non-judgmental approach, working with you to make contact with self-actualizing tendencies. You are on a journey and my role is to support you. Also trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions to allow flexibility with clients hoping for a more direct hands-on approach.

I hold a BA in Environmental Studies where I focused on transpersonal psychology and holistic systemic views of the self and the world. Working towards obtaining both my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) as well as designation as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in the province of British Columbia.

Charene Cranston

BA, MC (in progress)

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and am currently a student in the Master of Counselling program at City University in Canada. Before starting my internship here, I provided counselling at the NEED Crisis and Information Line and Victoria Women’s Transition House. During that time, I worked in public relations for the provincial government and supported students in continuing studies at the University of Victoria. 

I come from a collaborative, strengths-based perspective in my counselling practice. I believe people have what they need to create positive change in their lives and my role is to support them in accessing and harnessing it. Creating a safe, welcoming space is a priority for me because I believe we can do our best work when we have authenticity, trust, and a shared commitment to creative solution-finding. 

I look forward to meeting with you.

Theresa Kauffman

BA, CYC, MC (in progress)

Theresa has an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and currently a Masters in Counselling student, with Athabasca University. She was born in Australia but has been a Vancouver Islander for over 30 years, living on the traditional lands of the Lkwungen People, with her family and three kids.

 As a clinician, Theresa has worked in the counselling field since 2004 in various community, residential, and hospital settings, and is passionate about walking alongside others on their journey. She has experience with mental health and addictions, complex trauma, parent-child conflict, self-identity, and change. Theresa believes everyone has a story, strengths, resilience, and that connections, relationships, nature, and hope, are powerful in change and healing. “I have respect for diversity and cultural backgrounds, and my intention is to develop a trusting, non-judgemental, empathic, and genuine relationship in a safe and respectful way towards achieving hope, resilience, and lasting change. "My integrative approach emphasizes a foundation in relational, connectedness, strength and empowerment-based, narrative, holistic, and nature-as healing practices”.

 "As a clinician for over 15 years, I believe that people can and do change; I have seen it! People are doing the best they can and want to learn, change, grow, and be the best versions of themselves. In 15 years of experience, I have had the privilege of practicing with diverse individuals and families of many cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and orientations, and continue to welcome all peoples".

Christine Alevizakis

MES, MACP (in progress)

Christine’s therapeutic approach is client-centred, inclusive and inspired by her diverse background as a filmmaker, teacher and mother of three.  

Being a documentary filmmaker gave Christine an appreciation of the complexity and richness of the human spirit. Witnessing and sharing stories of struggle and hope from around the world deepened her respect for diverse and unique paths of healing and growth. 

A long time yoga and mindful movement teacher, Christine understands the importance of the mind-body connection and builds somatic understanding and practices into her work. Christine has a Master in Environmental Studies and considers the natural world to be instrumental in sustaining our mental and physical wellbeing.  A creative, collaborative and trauma-informed therapist, her counselling style is compassionate and holistic and reflects her belief that we are here to help each other remember what we may have lost sight of, or forgotten along our way. Christine has a diploma in Gestalt therapy and is currently pursuing a Master in Counselling Psychology. 

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