Diane Trapp Executive Director, M.A., B.Sc., RCC
Diane received her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, Vancouver campus in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta since 1992. Diane has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors since 2002. Areas of specialty for Diane are trauma (EMDR), depression, anxiety, spiritual connectedness, parenting, teens, couples, and financial challenges. Diane has experience working with Emergency Mental Health, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child and Family Counselling Association, and in Private Practice since 2005.Diane has also worked with students in Private Schools as counsellor and house parent. To re-energize she enjoys taking time for hiking, gardening, playing music, sports, singing and laughing with family and friends.
Bruce Youngren Counsellor M.A., RCC
For more than 25 years, Bruce has been honored to host healing and helpful counselling conversations built on respect, compassion and a belief in each person’s inherent value and capacity to live their lives to the fullest.
He specializes in assisting with substance use disorders, workplace stress, critical incident stress management, work/life balance, grief and loss, elder and family caregiving, emotional upset of many kinds and developing an authentic, congruent and balanced life. His approach is encouraging and goal oriented. It is also addiction and trauma informed.
Together, you will explore unhelpful patterns in your thinking, your beliefs, your behavior and your emotions. Patterns that may be keeping you from more fully connecting to yourself, the world around you, the relationships that are important to you and a deeply meaningful inner life. When you reconnect to these things, you reconnect to our wellness, balance, and fulfillment. Together, you will shape practices and behaviors that reflect and serve who you are and how you wish to live your life. you will identify what is already useful in your life and how to be intentional about it.
Over the years, clients say they appreciate Bruce’s kind, knowledgeable and authentic style. He would be honored to join you on your path of personal discovery, recovery and transformation. Bruce takes time to nourish himself with regular tai chi practice, ongoing personal and professional development and especially, quality time with family and friends.
Cindy Clark MEd. RCC
It has been a 30-year professional road -mostly travelled by supporting families in one aspect or another. It was from the broken-hearted stories of children that became my compass for choosing a career that remains dedicated to the support of Parents, Parent & Child Relationships, Children & Youth, Individual Adults and Couples. Some of the struggles that we have walked through together have been based on experiences in trauma, separation, regulation, life transitions, natural child & adult development, family conflict, and a wide range of mental health & wellness concerns.
It is with a caring heart that I sit with clients, curious in how they notice and care for their whole being and how that relationship with Self weaves its way into their relationships with the world around them. From Self-Awareness to Self-Compassion to Responsibility on through to Healing. This has become my therapeutic lens that I offer my clients in my practice. It has notes of Attachment, Mindfulness, Jungian, Strength based, and hopefully is always Body and Person Centered in its flow. My work with couples is a blend of those while integrated into the research from the Gottman Institute.
I have been in relationship with my partner for 34 years, together we have parented our two children into adulthood and been blessed with a granddaughter who continually reminds us of what is really important in this world. Much of my learnings and empathy have come from my own family experiences and challenges, it is from the struggles of my relationship with my two-year-old son that the Parenting on the Edge Project was formed, which has since been presented to hundreds of parents and caregivers over these past 20 years.
After a career dedicated to supporting families through non-profit agencies and MCFD contracts, I am delighted to be settling into a private practice that allows more room for balance and nourishment to myself, my family, and to my clients.
Heather Goodings M.A. CYC (in progress)
Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Vancouver Island University in 2016 and is currently completing the final requirements for her Masters of Arts in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. She is also a certified yoga teacher and clinical hypnotherapist. With this varied background, Heather combines client-centered, collaborative counselling techniques with mindfulness, breath work, and an understanding of the subconscious mind into an eclectic, holistic practice. She believes that we all have our own inner resources, thus endeavours to assist clients with discovering their inner knowledge, insight, and guidance. To stay grounded and rejuvenated, Heather spends a lot of time walking in the woods.
Cole Schafer M.A., RCC
Cole received his Master’s in Counselling and became a Registered Clinical Counselling (RCC) in 2017. Cole has a general practice, working with people of varying backgrounds. Cole has trained extensively in the Hakomi Method, which is a mindfulness, body-centered approach of self-discovery.
Cole offers a heart centered and spacious approach, trusting we each have within us what we need to live meaningful and joyful lives. Cole is currently interested in the mind body connection, such as how stress and mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety) present in the body (e.g., tension, chronic pain, fatigue); and the influence of the environment on our wellbeing (e.g., how nourishing nature is).
In additional to general mental health concerns, Cole is experienced in working with substance use (those using and affected by other’s use), trauma, stress, and family and relationship struggles. Cole believes in the importance of authenticity: offering to people what he has walked through himself.
Cole replenishes himself through time in nature, creative practices (art, music, and writing), movement practices (yoga, swimming), time with family, and connecting with community.
Leslie Stewart M.Ed., MC, RCC
Leslie recently graduated with a Master of Counselling and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She offers a breadth of life experience, including a Master of Adult Education, prior roles in healthcare, the energy sector and human resources. Leslie completed her practicum placement in Counselling Services at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. While there, she regularly witnessed the strength and resilience of clients who were experiencing mental health challenges.
Leslie is interested in working with individuals who are navigating through life transitions (e.g. changes in relationships, new environments, parenthood, loss) that can lead to experiences of depression, anxiety, grief or even despair. She believes that these painful experiences help point us in the direction of what is truly important to us.
When working with Leslie you can expect to be met with authenticity, dignity and hope. She is privileged to walk alongside you on your journey toward your desired future.
Leslie rejuvenates by hiking, running, gardening, or chilling with her husband, two daughters and their yellow lab.