About Us

Most people at some point in their lives experience a need for change. The desire for change or the need to feel better often opens the door for healing and growth to take place.

Our goal is to guide and facilitate you through the process of healthy healing and growth. We help you to work through issues in a compassionate and down-to-earth manner. We conduct our business with integrity and professionalism, and we honour our professional code of ethics.

You are invited to be active in your own healing process. You are encouraged to reflect on you personal issues and integrate your feelings and thoughts with compassion and understanding. A variety of short, medium and long-term counselling options are available based on your particular need.

We specialize in a relational, client focused approach to counselling – and we are experienced in working with people who want to develop healthy, meaningful lives and relationships. We are certified with our respective professional associations. Graduate interns in the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling program at St. Stephen’s College also see clients under supervision.

JOHN WALKER

John is a Psychotherapist/Counsellor with clinical social work and Pastoral Counselling training and certifications.  He has post-graduate education in trauma focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Hypnosis and Myers-Brigg’s Type Indicator (MBTI). As a holistic relational psychotherapist, John draws upon his knowledge of ecological, spiritual, and physical health to support and guide his clients towards greater well-being and authenticity. His areas of interests include: recovery from abuse/trauma/neglect, dissociation, couple counseling, addictions, spiritual growth, parenting, men’s issues and the role of Nature in healing and health.

HOLLY MILLER

Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling. She is also certified as a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist and out of that tradition, brings an experiential and relational focus to her work. Focusing as an approach to therapy has grown out of evidence-based research and arises from a natural human process. It has the capacity to bring a deep, bodily-felt experience of change, clarity to life situations and an ability to move forward in life. Further information about Focusing is available on this website.In addition, Holly brings a wealth of life experience to her work with clients as a life-long learner, a long-term marriage partner, a parent and from her prior professional experiences.

SUSAN ANDERSON

Registered clinical counsellor with a Master of Arts degree in psychology and pastoral counselling. Her M.A. thesis focuses on the experience of emotional pain and the image of God in suicidal persons. Susan enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families on issues relating to conflict resolution, intimacy, suicide distress and bereavement, communication, anxiety, loss, depression, anger, family of origin, and spiritual development. She uses a relational-existential approach that invites clients to practice authentic, healthy relationship with themselves and with others. Susan recognizes the importance of the mind-body-heart-spirit connection in counselling and additionally integrates useful wisdom from self-psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Jungian principles, striving to balance both masculine and feminine values in her work. Susan is married, has two young adult children, and enjoys gardening, nature walks, friendship, and reading.

ROGER THIESSEN

Roger has a Master of Divinity and recently completed his course work for a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy & Spirituality. He is in the process of completing his thesis and is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.Now in his second career, Roger is a former pastor. He has an interest in spirituality of all kinds and brings a focus of mindfulness to his work as a psychotherapist. He believes that the counselling relationship is the primary vehicle for healing. This means that he values the client as an expert on her/his own life, and his goal is to draw out and support the client’s inner wisdom. Roger enjoys counselling people of various cultures and all walks of life. He works with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationships and family issues
  • Addictions
  • Personal and spiritual growth
  • Self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Conflict resolution and communication
  • Anger management
  • Crises & bereavement
  • Coping with disabilities
  • Depression and bi-polar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Life/career transitions

Our therapists are certified by, and/or are members of, one or more of the following associations:

  • Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • The American Association of Pastoral Counsellors (AAPC)
  • The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)
  • The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • The Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis (CFCH)
  • The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Enrich Canada Incorporated
  • Psychometrics Canada ((Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  • British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • Human Systems and Family Constellations
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator