Nanaimo Counsellors

Bruce Youngren 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.

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.