Victoria Counsellors

Zarine Vogel MSSW, Ph.D., RSW
Zarine received her doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a registered Social Worker with BC College of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience in the field. Zarine works with individuals, and couples in a wide variety of areas. However, she specializes in stress concerns, including post traumatic stress and crisis intervention, has worked very extensively with depression and anxiety related issues, grief and loss, life and career transitions and addictions. She has also dealt extensively with intercultural issues and is working increasingly in the area of retirement. Zarine believes counselling is a process through which we can rediscover our true essence and tap into our inner wisdom. It involves working on letting go of the past and embracing the present. It is about focusing on what is working and moving to a state of strength and hope. Zarine’s office is located in Metchosin.

Nicole Numan M.A., RCC
Nicole received her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counselling Psychology, and was certified in 2000 as a R.C.C. in B.C. Her area of work includes individual, couple and family therapy (with a special interest in working with children and teens), grief and loss counselling, and parenting programs. She has worked for both public agencies and in private practice. In the therapeutic environment, Nicole draws from an Adlerian approach as well as from Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focused therapies. Sessions are goal oriented and are explored in a sensitive, supportive and empathetic manner. In her spare time Nicole enjoys both teaching and playing music, and loves travelling and exploring nature with her husband and two children.

Anne Walter M.C., RCC
I like to work in a way that supports the exploration of what you’re bringing into counselling in the context of your life my approach to counselling is from a relational perspective – we all exist in a network of relationships, some of which work better than others. We also have a relationship with ourselves; this relationship can also be strained and may need some attention.

If we decide to work together, we will use lots of different tools to explore your material, including body-based or somatic tools, maybe using some movement or embodiment exercises to explore your feelings. We will use some thought-based tools that can help challenge some habits or patterns of thoughts that might make it hard to see yourself clearly. We will use some narrative, or story-based tools, that can help explore the stories you tell about yourself, or that others or your culture(s) tell about you. We can work on both reducing the symptoms you feel as well as looking at why you have some of those symptoms. I will aim to offer you a safe-enough container in which you can explore what matters most to you while we will work to build a tool box from which you can help yourself and hopefully find you some relief.