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Counsellors


Colin Chow, M. Ed., RCCColin Chow M. Ed., RCC

I am described by clients as a warm, non-judgmental person with a genuine desire to help people make positive changes in their lives. I believe my clients are the experts in their own lives. I use my counselling skills and their personal agency to help them make positive life changes. I have training and experience working with adolescent and adult clients, and specialize in issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, youth issues, child-parent family issues, school difficulties, grief /loss and vocational/career exploration.

Professional Experience

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and History and my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, “in good standing” with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (Member #3441). I completed the Professional Development Program at SFU in the International Teacher Education Module, and I have been fully certified and credentialed as a teacher in the Province of British Columbia for fifteen years. In addition to my private practice work with The Change Agency, I have also been a mental health counsellor at the Art Institute of Vancouver, and currently also work at a public high school as a counsellor.

As a faculty associate and program coordinator with the Professional Development Program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University for five years, I was also invited to give lectures and workshops on issues related to counselling and education the University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia (Okanagan) University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, Thompson Rivers University, The Art Institute of Vancouver and Northern Lights College (Dawson Creek).

 


Tanya Heal | The Change AgencyTanya Heal M.Ed., RCC

I am described as caring, compassionate and client-centered. I provide a supportive environment while helping clients move towards making positive life changes. I provide specialized child, adolescent and adult counselling in areas such as: trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, eating issues, sleeping difficulties, school/work adjustment, add/adhd, stress, depression, problems in school/work, friendship struggles, bullying, anger, child-parent struggles, family issues, separation and divorce reactions, grief/loss, and complex emotions. My approach begins with being an active listener, building trusting relationships and helping clients to be their own change agents.

I believe in meeting clients where they are in their lives, treating them with the utmost respect and working together to help improve their lives. In terms of working with children, I begin with a “play-based” approach in order to help them feel comfortable and at ease in counselling. Given that parenting is complex, my work includes parental coaching and parent/child communication. I have over twenty years of experience in working with children, teens and adults.

Professional Experience

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Family Science and Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and I earned my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, “in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (Member #11875). I earned my Bachelor of Education, Grades Kindergarten – Grade 12 from the University of British Columbia, and I have been fully certified and credentialed as a teacher in the Province of British Columbia for over twenty years. In addition to my private practice work with “The Change Agency,” I currently work as a public elementary school Counsellor.

In the area of professional development, I have mentored and been a Practicum Site Supervisor for “Counsellors-in-training” from both the University of British Columbia and City University. In addition, I have been a Practicum Site Supervisor for “Teachers-in-Training” from Simon Fraser University. I am currently part of a public school district Critical Incident Response Team, and I am a member of a team responsible for writing Counsellor protocols and procedures.

 


Andrea Sum | The Change AgencyAndrea Sum

My job as a counselor is to help you use your internal resources to gain understanding of your need for change and move towards your most empowered self. I am described as open-minded, empathetic and present to my clients’ needs. I believe that if you are seeking guidance, you have already made a significant step towards a positive transition.

I have training and experience with children, youth and adults in areas of depression, anxiety, addiction, family issues, divorce/separation, grief/loss, relationships, career/vocational, children/youth on the autism spectrum, sexual identity and crisis intervention.

Professional Experience

I earned Bachelor’s Degrees in English Literature and Psychology as well as Education (K-12) at the University of British Columbia. I attained my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association for Clinical Counsellors (Member #6393).

I was accredited as a teacher in the Province of British Columbia in 2003 and have since taught in New York City, Japan, Morocco and Venezuela. In addition to my private practice, I work as an outreach worker on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and am a counselor at a public high school.

I have training in Satir Transformational Therapy Levels 1 and 3 and Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1. I published a chapter in the textbook, Diversity, Culture and Counseling, discussing best practices in counseling people from diverse backgrounds.

 


Julia Somody | The Change AgencyJulia Somody

I am passionate about helping people and organizations change and thrive. I am a non-judgmental, compassionate therapist who provides assistance with a variety of issues, including anxiety and stress management, disordered eating, grief, depression, and interpersonal relationships. I have a particular interest in working with clients on developing resiliency and self-compassion through work and life transitions. In addition to providing one-on-one therapy and coaching, I facilitate Visioning workshops that empower women to clarify their life direction and embrace their goals and dreams. I have also added yoga training to my repertoire of skills and teach yoga classes for anxiety and depression, as well as workshops in mindfulness and mediation.

I began my working life in the financial sector, working for years in investments, change management, reorganization, project management, training, implementation, and business analysis. It was while working in the corporate world that I discovered my passion for helping people create meaningful lives for themselves, both personally and professionally. In my therapy and coaching practice, I now draw on both my experience in psychology and my past in business to help clients overcome hurdles and become their best selves.

Professional Experience

I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#2325). I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Psychology from the University of British Columbia and received my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, with additional training in Multicultural Counselling, Family Therapy, and Conflict Resolution. I have over a decade of experience working in a variety of environments including university counselling services, workplace mediation and change management, corporate training and consulting, career and vocational counselling, conflict resolution, crisis counselling, psycho-educational and career exploration workshop facilitation, and psychometric assessment administration and interpretation.

In addition to my counselling and psychological experience, I have been invited to speak as a presenter and workshop facilitator on topics related to leadership, resiliency, and mindfulness at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, the Canadian Bar Association of Nova Scotia, and for 21inc and Venture for Canada leadership programs. In addition, I was invited to work with Immigrant Services of Nova Scotia as a psychologist specializing in providing services to newly landed immigrants and refugees.