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.

Michael P.Boyle MSW, RSW
Michael is a graduate of the University of Alberta and The University of Calgary. He is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. His counselling experience is in the area of integrating physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. Michael has specialized training and experience in: Psychosocial Oncology (Cancer Survivorship), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management, Grief and Loss, Relationships (Couples and Families), Resolving Workplace Conflict, Managing Workplace Stress, Sexuality, Self Esteem, and Life Transitions.

His practice is strongly influenced by Virginia Satir (family systems), Stephen Gilligan (self relations theory), Jon Kabat-Zinn (mindfulness) and a variety of others. Michael has a systemic, holistic and process oriented approach to his work, and works with principles form behavioural/cognitive and mindfulness in his practice. He incorporates an attitude of curiosity and openness to personal and professional transformation.

He works with individuals, couples and families (as defined by the client), and works from the perspective that the symptoms of any problems contains clues that help us find the solution. He takes a down to earth approach and works with clients to help them discover their strengths. Michael has lived and worked in Victoria for 31 years and cultivates his sense of well-being through walking, hiking, gardening, meditating, travelling and enjoying time with friends and family.

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.