Penny Fenske MA, RCC
I offer counselling from an attachment perspective that is emotion focused and body-based. My education, research, and practice have focused on understanding deeply and responding compassionately while supporting resilience in those who have experienced trauma and relationship ruptures. This includes my being a Level Three Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy practitioner (AEDP). To learn more about this effective, heart-based, neuroscientific therapeutic approach click here.
I regard forming a warm, authentic relationship with you, based on empathy and respect, as foundational to good counselling. This means that I will treat you with dignity and fully attend to hearing and understanding your experience and how you feel about it.
As a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, I have met rigorous academic requirements, am committed to high professional standards of practice, and adhere to the BCACC code of ethical conduct.
I am registered as a service provider with FNHA and the BC Crime Victims Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance for individuals (and their families) who have been victims of a violent crime including physical and sexual abuse.
Julie Teng MA, MS, RDN, RCC
I am excited to offer a counselling approach that is body-based, person-centered, and seeks to uncover the root of the challenges you may be experiencing in your life. In addition to counselling, I have a background in holistic nutrition and specialize in addressing eating patterns, relationship with body shape and size, disordered eating, and general health and vitality. I endeavor to assist you in feeling more "at home" in your body. My background in Ashtanga yoga and mindfulness informs my counselling practice. I am passionate about working with you to foster a deeper connection with your own innate wisdom and insight.
I earned my BS in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, known for its evidence-based, holistic approach. I received my MS in Health Care Policy and Management from SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, NY and became a Registered Dietitian. Following several years working in the field of nutrition, I earned my MA in Somatic Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Dietitian (recognized in the US and Canada).
Julie is currently on maternity leave.
Kristina Bare MA, RMFT
I offer counselling based in my personal and professional training in Somatic Experiencing (R), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation. By supporting you tune into the wisdom of your own body and emotions, I help you heal deep layers of inner constrictions and past traumas that prevent you from living more fully. I bring 15 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist in Denmark and as a couple and family therapist in Canada primarily supporting those with relationship difficulties, traumas, and emotional dysregulation challenges. As a mindfulness meditation teacher, I also offer support to those who wish to explore spirituality and meditation as a tool for self-healing.
As a therapist, I offer a here-and-now focus in sessions. As you tell me about your life we may explore what is happening in your body as you talk about your difficulties. We may use different grounding exercises, breathing exercises and self-compassion exercises to gently help you release tension and develop a greater sense of inner safety. I may offer suggestions for things you can explore between sessions to support you in the healing process. I am dedicated to offer a collaborative process where you feel respected, attuned to and understood. Your wellbeing and sense of safety in our work together is very important to me.
As a clinical member of the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, I have undergone extensive academic and clinical training in the field of psychotherapy. I abide by the code of ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists and aim to maintain high standards of practice.