Our Staff

Counselling Staff

Ian closeupIan Gartshore, M.Th., Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor (#2560)

Ian Gartshore is the founder of Shore Counselling Society (now Island Integrated Counselling Society) and was its Executive Director for its first 10 years, and is back in this role since 2012. His specialties are working with couples, anger, anxiety and depression issues, and clinical supervision of new therapists. He has been professionally assisting clients for about three decades.

Ian is trained in Family System’s (holistic, relationship-based), providing therapy utilising a variety of styles and situations which allow him to sensitively tailor-make his work for each person and relationship. He is sensitive to cultural, religious, environmental and gender issues. While appreciating religious and spiritual components to a person’s life he does not seek to convert or change a person’s beliefs. Ian is sensitive and respectful as well as effective at assisting clients to make needed changes.

Ian’s therapy style includes both long-term and short-term counselling approaches, according to the need of the clients. He is highly educated, both in an academic background and in supervised clinical (practical) training. His approach is “holistic”, assisting people become healthy through improving their relationships, rather than blaming or shaming individuals.

For more information about Ian you can view his counselling website by clicking here.

Carol_newCarol Bassingthwaighte M.A., Registered Professional Counsellor (#2026)

“I am grateful for the opportunity to assist and support people through difficult periods and in their process of change. Change is present in everyone’s life. We all experience ups and downs over the course of our lifetimes. I offer a respectful and compassionate client-centered approach. Working on a holistic level I take into consideration multiple factors that may affect your well-being. This includes your personal needs, circumstances and yearnings – what you want to see happen in your life. Expanding the window of possibility often leads to a sense of increased choice and ability to move forward on a life enhancing path.
“As a Registered Professional Counsellor with a practice that has spanned almost two decades I have assisted and supported people dealing with a wide variety of issues. Some of these issues include relationships, addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.”       ‘To find the way, close your eyes, listen closely, and attend with your heart.’ ~Anonymous

AnitaAnita Chambers, B.A. (Psychology)

Anita has 33 years experience in the human service field and 10 years of direct counselling experience. Her areas of expertise are in parenting, women’s issues, and grief and loss. She is committed to supporting people to build on their strengths, increase self-confidence and develop healthy coping skills to assist them to deal with the challenges they face.


Julia Middleton

Julia Middleton, BScOT, Master  of  Counselling Psychology Program

Julia brings a wealth of experience as an Occupational Therapist providing services to adults recovering from illness or injury to the brain. She is pleased to be seeing our clients as a practicum student from social justice-oriented Adler University, while being trained by our experienced in-house supervisor.

A contemplative at heart, Julia appreciates the human need for meaning-making, and how avenues as timeless as story and metaphor can offer new insights, or remind us in fresh ways of what we already know. She has a special interest in counselling work in trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, and later-life issues.


Sandra Murray Loiselle

Sandra Murray Loiselle, BA, Masters of the Clinical Counselling Psychology Program, Yorkville University

Sandra has always been interested in the mind body connection, leading her to study what is called “psychophysiology.” She has pursued this interest by working in research in the areas of psychology, psychiatry and medicine. She is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Licenced Practical Nurse.

Her warmth is evident in her work with clients having issues such as anxiety, self-criticism, anger and more.

Christine Hall

Christine Hall, BA CYC, MA Counselling Psychology (candidate)

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~Carl Jung

Christine embraces a holistic and collaborative approach to working with others, respecting that successful therapy honours the values and beliefs of each client.
Christine believes that distress and pain are often the foundations that strength, meaningfulness, and wisdom are built upon.

Christine has a wealth of specialized training in Strengthening Family Systems, Adolescent Issues, Parenting, Couples Counselling, Substance Abuse Issues, Existential Issues (finding meaning and living more fully), Relational & Developmental Trauma, Somatic Therapy, LGBTQ+ Issues, The Impacts of Colonization (First Nations sensitivities), and Working with Shame. Christine is a trained Mindfulness Self-Compassion Facilitator, and embodies a compassionate lens to life and to therapy.

Christine offers personalized short or long-term therapy, or life coaching for individuals, couples, adolescents, or families. Resiliency need not be something one is born with, it can be cultivated!

Christine is now accepting referrals. She can be contacted through the agency
(www.islandintegratedcounselling.com; 250-716-8888 or her cell phone (250-667-2228).


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