Many Guides, Multiple Paths to Wellness
Earl Blacklock, MALM, MDiv, MC, CCC, Senior Therapeutic Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Parksville (M,W,F), Courtenay (Th), and Nanaimo (Tu,S)
Earl Blacklock has been the Executive Director of our agency since September of 2018. Earl has obtained three Masters degrees, in leadership, ministry, and counselling. He received post-graduate training in adult education, public relations, and communications. Earl is accredited as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI) practitioner.
A trauma and PTSD survivor, Earl’s focus is on clients suffering from past childhood and adult trauma to allow them to move forward with the skills they lost, or never obtained. He is the lead therapist on an initiative to prevent PTSD through early intervention following a traumatic event. He leads our trauma and cognitive disorder psychoeducation initiatives, as well as our Dialectical Behavioural Therapy programs.
Earl’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of those affected by poverty, substance dependence, and traumatic life events, allowing each client to manage their anxiety, develop interpersonal skills, regulate their emotions, and tolerate stressful situations. He serves as an experienced clinician and as the agency’s chief administrative officer.
Carol Bassingthwaighte, MA, RPC, Senior Therapeutic Counsellor, Registered Professional Counsellor (#2026), Nanaimo
Carol Bassingthwaighte is grateful for the opportunity to assist and support people through 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, Carol takes into consideration multiple factors that may affect a person’s well-being. This includes personal needs, circumstances and yearnings – what one wants to see happen in his/her life. Expanding the window of possibility often leads to a sense of increased choice and ability to move forward on a life enhancing path.
Carol is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) 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
Andrea Stenerson, ATR, Parksville
Andrea Stenerson is a registered Art Therapist working out of our Parksville office. Her area of expertise and experience is in working with children and youth dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma.
Andrea will be working co-operatively with our therapists to provide an opportunity for clients to explore difficult emotions and painful life experiences through art media. She will also be presenting regular workshops to give children, adolescents, and adults the opportunity to express their distress through art.
Paula Reynolds, BA, DipC, RPC-C, C.Ht, Therapeutic Counsellor, Courtenay
Paula Reynolds is a certified hypnotherapist and qualifying therapeutic counsellor working in our Comox Valley office in Courtenay. Paula’s interests are primarily with working with those who have experienced trauma, as well as those who require help navigating difficult life experiences.
A member of the BC Métis Nation, Paula specializes in working with seniors, caregivers of all kinds, and First Nations/Métis clients.
Bonnie Bergen, DipC., RPC-C, Therapeutic Counsellor, Nanaimo
Bonnie, a graduate of the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, is pursuing a Master of Counselling degree while serving as a therapist for individuals and families.
Bonnie is a Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-Candidate). Her work compassionately examines those parts of clients’ lives that hold them back from being emotionally and mentally well. Bonnie also serves our clients as their first point of contact when they want information on our services. Bonnie can be reached by text or message at 250-716-8888.
Anita Chambers, BA. Therapeutic Counsellor and Group Leader, Nanaimo
Anita has more than 35 years experience in the human service field and 12+ 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.
Anita’s principal role with the agency is as a much sought after group counsellor / workshop leader, delivering workshops on Shame and Resilience (using the Brené Brown curriculum) and Healthy Emotional Management (Frustrated and Fed Up curriculum) for those seeking emotional, frustration, and anger management support and education.
Kate Archer, Practicum Therapist, Nanaimo
We welcome Kate Archer as a Practicum Therapist. Kate is completing her Master of Counselling Psychology degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She provides a compassionate approach to her clients, giving them space and the opportunity to tell their story in a supportive, non-judgmental way. Her studies are preparing her for work as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Kate works out of our Nanaimo office.
Jennifer Mcrae, Therapeutic Counsellor, Parksville
Joining our Parksville office is Jennifer Mcrae, who has completed her Master of Counselling degree at City University. Her work and academic background is in education and outreach for children, youth, and parents.
Melanie Devine, Therapeutic Counsellor, Courtenay
Melanie has completed her Master of Counselling from City University. She has years of experience working with high risk communities, including youth. Melanie is delivering individual counselling, in the Comox Valley. She is also our lead on services to the LGBTQ2S+ communities. Appointments with Melanie can be made directly by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Burgoyne, MSW, RSW, RCC Senior Therapeutic Counsellor, Registered Social Worker (#12289) & Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15320), Parksville (on leave for the remainder of 2020)
Rebecca pursued a career in social work following her experience as a community developer and child advocate in the Philippines. Through these experiences Rebecca became sensitized to the varied strengths which people access in order to overcome hardship and suffering. These encounters have shaped Rebecca’s appreciation for human resiliency and have fostered her commitment to the field.
Rebecca is passionate about joining people in conversations which seek to uncover, strengthen and develop their capacities to overcome the challenges for which they are seeking counselling. She works collaboratively with clients, adjusting her approach to the specific needs and desires of those who consult her. Rebecca engages with clients in a respectful and supportive capacity, with the understanding that their unique values, experiences, and beliefs about life can be the foundation upon which to build meaningful change.
Rebecca has experience within a variety of specialized mental health contexts and has worked with individuals and families across the lifespan. She has completed an internship in child and family therapy, in addition to her experience within adult and geriatric mental health settings. Her specific areas of interest and expertise include working with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress reduction.
As a registered social worker, fees for her services can be claimed as a health related expense on your yearly income taxes. No referral is required.
Ian Gartshore, MTh, RCC. Senior Therapeutic Counsellor Emeritus, Nanaimo.
Ian Gartshore is our founder and Senior Therapeutic Counsellor Emeritus. He served as our founding Executive Director through August of 2018.
Ian has been professionally assisting clients for about three decades. His specialties are working with couples, anger, anxiety and depression issues, and clinical supervision of new therapists.
As of July of 2020, Ian has retired from the agency, and we wish him well in his retirement.
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