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Master of Counselling, Registered Clinical Counsellor & Founder



Change is difficult but made more effective with caring and knowledgeable support. My goal is to support every client in understanding the underlying cause(s) of manifested symptoms (suffering) and create a therapeutic treatment plan to support clients’ healing and growth. My clients experience meaningful life changes through our work, significantly increasing their ability to gain effective tools and gain a sense of overall well-being and life satisfaction.

In addition to my formal education, I have had years of diverse and intensive clinical experience in areas of trauma, domestic violence, anger management, parent coaching, separation and divorce, and executive coaching. I continue to support emerging clinicians as a professor and educator, aid in group facilitation, and contribute as a board member and public expert in various capacities related to mental health and well-being at an individual and community-based level.

Modalities and Therapeutic Frameworks expressed are Narrative, Cognitive Behavioural, Systemic, Expressive-Art, Attachment-Based Trauma-Informed, Wellness-focused and EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization EMDRIA Canada).

Key Areas of Focus: Trauma (EMDR), Separation & Divorce, Depression & Anxiety.

Clinical Supervision and Consultation are also offered.

Master of Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor & Clinical Associate



Personal growth occurs when a space is created to support individuals, relationships, and families to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, lending to greater meaning in life. Through our therapeutic work, I support the creation of greater meaning to life and a sense of excitement for well-being.

My approach aligns with many psychological and coaching frameworks that encourage self-awareness, and introspection. By providing a supportive environment, my clients experience a greater sense of self and personal understanding while gaining an excitement for life that promotes substantial personal well-being.

I bring over 33 years of experience as a clinical counsellor and therapist. I am also a director of counselling services, group facilitator and associated professor within the scope of counselling practice. Along with a master’s degree in counselling psychology, my training also includes the following therapeutic approaches: Narrative, Expressive and Play, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Existential Psychotherapy. I am also trained Mediator and offer Alternative Dispute Resolution services for individuals and on a consultation basis for organizational transformation.

Modalities and Therapeutic Frameworks expressed: Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioural, Systemic, Meaning-Based, Expressive-Art, Attachment-Based, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused, and Wellness-Focused.

Key Areas of Focus: Life Transition Coaching (Career Shifts/Retirement/Transitions), Men’s Issues, Parenting Support

Master of Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor & Clinical Associate



My warm and pragmatic approach supports clients to move from a self-limiting pattern of behaviour to a space of self-awareness and efficacy. I offer a non-judgemental environment where concerns are addressed with compassion and respect. I assist clients in developing their own insights and deeper perspectives about their own challenges. Through my wealth of experience and advanced expertise, I support clients by providing tools and strategies unique to their individualized needs.

I have over 17 years of clinical experience working with a range of private and public clinical clients. In addition, I facilitate parenting groups (STEP), provide parent coaching, and assist couples in navigating a multitude of challenging circumstances. I have extensive knowledge of working with individuals, relationships and children navigating trauma-related challenges, childhood suffering, anxiety, ADHD, depression, grief and loss.

Modalities and Therapeutic Frameworks expressed are Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Gottman Institute certified), Attachment-Focused work, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), CPT- Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma and Solution Focused Therapeutic methods.

Key Areas of Focus: Borderline Disorder (DBT/CBT), Couples Work, Depression & Anxiety

Sofie, MC (Master of Cuddles), Associate- Therapeutic Support


My journey as a Therputic Support Animal began this year when I joined SOLA Counselling as a furry intern. I provide a bridge between spoken therapy and a feeling of trust. By creating that connection, I assist clients to feel more at ease and foster a sense of safety in ‘the work’. Whether it’s a quiet cuddle during a tearful moment or a playful game to lighten the mood, I’m here to remind everyone that healing can come in many forms. I am a Havanese puppy and enjoy hours of bring close to those who need a cuddle or a moment to breathe. I am dedicated to creating a sense of unconditional love in session, where emotions might be difficult but more easily expressed.

I am training to master the the art of providing comfort and companionship to individuals who visit SOLA Counselling. Through positive reinforcement and interactive activities, I’m honing my skills to create a soothing and serene environment where clients can relax, open up, and find solace.

Tessa, MC (Master of Cuddles), Supervisor- Therapeutic Support


As a seasoned Therapeutic Support Animal, I have been dedicated to individuals facing emotional distress, offering them a warm presence and a furry shoulder to lean on. I’ve seen tears turn into smiles and heavy hearts become a little lighter, and it brings me immeasurable joy to be a part of their journey towards healing. My training and gentle demeanor remind SOLA’s clientele that they’re never alone. My soft fur and kind eyes have a way of soothing worries and bringing a sense of calm to even the most turbulent emotions. I’ve learned that sometimes, a wagging tail and a gentle cuddle have the greatest therapeutic impact.

More Than Just a Dog: I might be a Maltipoo, but I’m also a therapy dog with a heart that’s attuned to human emotions. Through years of practice, I’ve developed an uncanny ability to sense when someone needs a friend, a listener, or simply a companion. As the official therapy dog of SOLA Counselling, I’ve become a beloved fixture in the counseling sessions, offering a safe and welcoming environment where clients can open up without fear of judgment. With each person I meet, I remind them that healing is possible, and that sometimes, all it takes is a little furry friend to make the path a bit brighter.

We offer complementary 15-minute consultations to support you.

This consultation session will enable our practitioners to understand your needs and ensure we are an ideal fit for you. Much like dating, we want to make certain a ‘connection’ with your practitioner is created and encourage all prospective clients to have a free consultation prior to booking an entire session.

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