Salt Spring Island Counsellors

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.

Vanya LaPorte  RCC
Vanya is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Certified Hakomi Practitioner. Vanya’s basket of skills weave together mindfulness, a body-centered and trauma-informed approach, along with deep nature connection. She holds a deeply compassionate and nourishing space for her clients that is both gentle and grounded. Clients feel welcomed and valued in Vanya’s calm, supporting presence.

Vanya is a highly competent and respectful counsellor who holds kindness and curiosity as her gold standards. She is committed to honoring the unique qualities of each individual and helping them discover their own innate resources for well-being. Whether you are healing from a trauma, anxious about this stage in your life, or adapting to a changing world, working with Vanya can help you cultivate a more meaningful life and develop skills to navigate challenges.  Vanya is currently working with individual adults, including older teens (17+).   Vanya also specializes in Nature Based Therapy to the needs of children (ages 6 and up), youth, and families who are seeking an alternative approach to mental health services.  Vanya meets clients outdoors at inspiring natural spaces, public trails, and parks on Salt Spring Island for these sessions.