Penny Fenske MA, RCC-ACS (provisional)
I am here for you and will hold every aspect of you and your journey with tenderness and dignity. 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.
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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, WorkSafe BC, 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.
When I am not engaged with this work, you will find me in my sanctuary, the forest. I love to hike the forests, mountains, and ocean trails with Atlas, my adopted miniature poodle/co-therapist; tend my permaculture food forest; restore the forest on the land where I live; split wood; do yin yoga; listen to music that moves my soul; dance; and share time with friends and family.
Lisa Clarabut MA, RCC
I have been working as a counsellor for 20 years, supporting both youth and adults. For many of those years, I worked as a counsellor within the school setting. I am a member in good standing with the B. C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Arriving at counselling may feel vulnerable and uncertain, my approach to working together is to offer a safe space where we can explore the areas that you identify as needing attention. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship which allows you to discuss the challenges you are facing and to offer support and skills to explore these together. I will do this with curiosity, empathy, compassion, and respect for your process. It is important to me that you feel like our counselling relationship is the right fit for you. Research has shown that multiple factors influence client change in counselling, with 30% of that being the therapeutic relationship.
I have skills and experience providing support to clients with concerns about anxiety, low mood, life transitions, parenting, emotional regulation, and feelings of stress and overwhelm. My way of being is strengths-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed.
My practice style is informed by these evidence-based therapeutic models and can be adapted to meet your needs:
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
I am available to provide daytime and evening, in-person and online sessions with adults and youth (aged 12-19). I look forward to walking with you as you take this next step.
When I am not at work, I love to spend time with family and friends, snuggling with my cat while reading a good book, being outdoors, and watching movies.
Beverley Wilson MA, RCC
After experiencing trauma in any form, our bodies and minds can unravel. I am passionate about the holistic view of rehabilitation, healing one’s self, both inside and out. Through the use of various modalities, I assist my clients to gain a healthy perspective of themselves, so that they can strengthen their bonds with others, while recovering both physically and emotionally. It is my goal to help those in need to feel safe, appreciated and whole again.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Registered Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science in OT and a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. I am currently completing my Doctorate in Counseling and Psychotherapy. I have completed level 3 training in Gottman Couples Therapy and work with couples to either heal their trauma or strengthen their relationship. I am also trained in EMDR, TRE, Prolonged Exposure, hypnosis and CBT to assist with processing and releasing trauma and encourage clients to reach their full physical and emotional potential.
As a treating therapist, I strive to create a strong therapeutic relationship, which is unbiased, kind and safe in order for clients to feel comfortable in sharing their most difficult experiences.
I have been known to help clients who are dealing with some or all of the following:
Negative patterns of conflict
Confusion about staying within a relationship / job / friendship
Understanding the consequences of toxic behaviours
Reduction in symptoms related to stress, anxiety, depression and/or PTSD
Releasing prior Trauma’s and learning to self sooth
How to recover from betrayal
Improve and increase confidence and self-image
A great strength is that as a result of an international and diverse background, I am able to work with clients in an understanding and inclusive manner, regardless of culture, gender, religious background or sexual orientation. I take everyone’s unique perspective into account and work collaboratively when setting goals.
When the office is closed, I’ll spend time with my husband of 40-years and my precious French Bulldogs Frankie and Missy. I love to cycle, go camping and sit on my patio with our adult sons, when they are around. I really enjoy watching my vegetables and flowers grow, while my husband does the yard work…