Meet Our Counsellors
Our counsellors are non-judgmental and empathic individuals who believe that everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives. Sometimes life circumstances have led us to develop limiting beliefs and negative thought processes which block us from reaching our goals and living our dreams. Our counsellors have a passion for helping clients to overcome these barriers by walking along side clients and treating them as the experts in their own lives.
Jocelyn Carlson, M.Ed., RCC
Jocelyn Carlson, Registered Clinical Counsellor, completed her BA honours in Psychology at the University of Victoria and her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.
Jocelyn has extensive experience providing youth and adults with client-centered therapy support. She is well-versed in helping her clients to build inner strategies needed for managing anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorders, depression, grief and loss, trauma, gender identity issues, borderline personality disorder, stress-related problems and relationship issues. She has worked extensively with at-risk youth for 12 years in a youth custody setting, and for the past 6 years with youth and families providing counselling and mental health treatment in a community setting. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. In addition, Jocelyn has advanced group training, and is a group facilitator for DBT skills group.
"A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors"
Janet MacDonald, RPN
Janet MacDonald is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. She has worked extensively with children and youth both in the community and inpatient setting. Janet has 30 years of experience providing therapy and mental health treatment at Child and Youth Mental Health. She has helped countless families cope with issues such as an anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder/ borderline traits, psychosis, self-harm, suicidality and eating disorders. Janet is a skilled DBT therapist as well as an experienced DBT skills group facilitator.
Janet also has extensive knowledge and interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has a passion for working with families who have a family member with this diagnosis. She is well versed in helping to improve their social skills, their relationships with others and to thrive in their life. She also has experience providing CBT treatment for children and adults with autism. In addition, Janet has personal experience in raising a child with autism. She is highly empathic in her approach, creating a non-judgemental space for children, youth and families to share their feelings. Janet also provides counselling for adults who may experience difficulties with stress, life transitions, or any of the above-mentioned concerns.
Her training includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (IPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), TF-CBT, CBT for autism, Connect Parent Group, Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Early Psychosis Intervention.
(Please note: Janet’s services may not be covered under most benefit plans. Her services may be covered for those with autism funding.)