Kristina Sohal, RCC

Kristina Sohal is a Certified Professional Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a masters degree in Clinical Counselling from Yorkville University. She has spent the last decade helping society’s most vulnerable members, drawing upon her extensive personal and professional experience to support a wide range of client issues including homelessness, addiction, mental and personality disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and anger management.

Kristina believes in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches with the ultimate goal to empower people, encourage self-growth and achieve an overall state of well-being. She connects with her clients through empathetic listening, seeking to understand before being understood and works with other mental health professionals (psychologists, doctors) to ensure that her clients receive the utmost mental health support.

Born in India with a Sikh background, Kristina speaks fluent Punjabi and understands cross-cultural struggles. She loves travelling the world with her husband and toddler.

Cherry Sheena

Cherry received her Registered Professional Counsellor designation after seeing people around her be affected by addiction and feeling a deep desire to be equipped to help. As a member of the Canadian Professional Counselling Association for years, she has been serving her community in different capacities; including volunteering at NightShift’s Therapeutic Art Class in Whalley as well as the John Volken Academy, running group counselling, and outreach counselling.

Cherry works with individuals, couples, or families and has a passion for working with people with disabilities, those who are homeless or on the poverty margin, or those struggling with addiction. She works to connect people with resources to facilitate their next steps towards healing. She also strongly believes in the importance of helping a person to identify their core values. This self-discovery helps a person to see how they filter every experience and decision in their life.  Through this method, Cherry feels that people are able to develop a personal knowledge that allows them to move forward with a solid understanding of what feeds their soul.

As a foodie who loves to share meals with friends and family, Cherry often expresses her heart to serve others through cooking. She truly finds her happy place volunteering at church and in the wider community.

Janice Inch RN, LC, RPC(c) (not currently taking new clients)

Janice is a Registered Professional Counsellor with a diploma from Pacific Life Bible College, a Life Coach through the Institute of Life Coaching, and a practising registered nurse with 40 years experience in emergency medicine and emergency pediatric medicine, currently working part time with retinal surgeons.

As a trained leader in the world renowned PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) programs, which provides a research based, proven system to create and sustain loving, intimate relationships, Janice has worked with hundreds of couples over the last 20 years, guiding them on a personal journey of self-discovery that enables them to truly connect with the most important people in their lives.

Janice also teaches a course for women entitled “The Powerful Self” which works on building self worth, emotional strength and resilience. It brings back a sense of joy and purpose to life and also helps you deal with difficult people and situations with compassion and assertiveness, rather than with anger or frustration.

Her heart is to walk alongside women, couples and youth to explore new ways to reach their goals, to live fully and to thrive as a couple or as an individual. Janice respects and values each person’s uniqueness and strives to support them in their journey to identify their needs and the changes they wish to make to reach their desired goals. She understands the need to be heard, to feel safe, valued and respected in order to share what is most important to a person, like one of her favourite quotes, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable” (David Augsburger).

Janice’s philosophical approach is eclectic and holistic in nature, and she incorporates most of the contemporary therapeutic models to form an integrative approach to therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.

When Janice isn’t counselling or nursing, you can find her playing competitive tennis, or cycling and kayaking with her husband Mike, enjoying nature in all forms, gardening and travelling. Most of all she loves spending time with her family and especially her two grandsons

Amanda Ratzlaff, RPC (not currently taking new clients)

Amanda’s heart is to provide a safe space for children, youth and adults to experience unconditional acceptance, embrace resiliency and to explore and overcome obstacles to health and happiness.

Amanda has a Social Work diploma from Grant MacEwan University and a diploma in Professional Counselling from Pacific Life Bible College. She is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellor’s Association. Amanda has completed three levels of training and holds a Student membership with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy as she works towards becoming a Play Therapist Associate.

Amanda understands that each individual who seeks counselling will have a unique set of circumstances, goals and needs. She will walk alongside the client to identify these and support them in making the desired changes in their life. This may come through having the experience of being truly heard and validated, identifying and changing one’s thoughts and behaviors or expressing emotions in a safe environment. Amanda strongly believes that the body, spirit and mind work together in the healing process. She advocates for the therapeutic process of play and art with children, youth and adults and believes that laughter and fun can be an excellent medicine.

Amanda enjoys volunteering, playing Pickle ball, kickboxing and singing. She loves being an auntie and is so grateful for her home in Surrey and the community she has connected with here.

Heres Snijder, BEd, MA, RCC (3446)

“As a man thinks, so is he.”

Heres obtained his MA in Counselling in 2007 from Providence Seminary, Otterburne, MB, and is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counsellor. Heres is a trained relationship coach (Relational Wisdom 360°), and a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, which positions him to help build strong marriages and healthy relationships.

His has also taught for 27 years in elementary and high schools in Alberta, Manitoba and BC, and was principal of a growing elementary school for another five years. This experience in education enables him to counsel in a wide range of areas, including work-related stress and burn out, parenting, marriage and family issues, alienation, isolation, bullying and rivalry, anxiety and depression.

Ongoing training and experience has positioned Heres to provide counsel in anger management and transition challenges. He is experienced in facilitating the conflict resolution process at work, in family, school and church.

Heres uses a combination of models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive and Behavior Therapy (REBT), Narrative Therapy, Impact Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. His Christian worldview and these therapeutic approaches to counseling shape him into the counsellor he is today.

Making music, gardening, hiking, cycling, canoeing, playing chess, reading and travelling are some of his favourite activities. Heres grew up in the Netherlands and welcomes any opportunity to serve the Dutch in their own language.

Leah Baugh, MA, RCC (not currently taking new clients)

Leah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and is currently studying at the University of British Columbia completing her doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology. Leah is continuously engaged in training opportunities to provide exceptional counselling care to the clients she sees. She has experience working with a broad range of clients – from adolescence through the various stages of adulthood – who may be struggling with any number of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and family relationships.

Leah brings an integrated therapeutic approach to counselling and lets the individuality of clients shape their counselling experience. She draws on the principles of Narrative Therapy – offering a space where clients can unapologetically share their story, highlighting strengths that are already present, and collaboratively setting goals that are meaningful to clients.

Some of the specific skills and techniques Leah draws on include: Values exercises to promote self-acceptance, Emotionally Focused Therapy interventions to bring insight, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to foster change.

These skills are combined in a safe and supportive counselling context with the aim to empower clients in living their preferred story.

When she is not studying or counselling, Leah can be found in nature hiking with her husband and her pups, Chloe and Bella, or curled up with a novel.

Ama Oduro-Kwachie RPC, MA (not currently taking new clients)

Ama is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families overcome life challenges and build strong, healthy relationships. Ama believes in collaborating with clients to explore, discover and pursue individualized solutions, and achieve personal goals.

Ama employs principles and tools from existential, cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused and solution-focused therapies to support clients reach desired change, develop authentic fulfilled lives, and enhance overall well-being. She draws from her experience in providing counselling services to individuals, couples and groups for depression, anxiety, loss, anger, relational challenges and life changes.

As a person passionate about healthy relationships, Ama enjoys her time off helping others, in the company of her husband and teenage children.

Sofia Khouw, CPBC #2200 (not currently taking new clients)

Sofia is a registered psychologist with a Master of Health Psychology degree from an Australian university. She believes in empowering clients to help them understand and manage the problems they are facing, thus allowing them a more fulfilling way of living. Sofia has a special interest in helping clients with chronic conditions improve their compliance to lifestyle and behavioural change. Her professional working experience in public health and private clinic settings, treating young, adult and elderly individuals, also allows her to assist in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, weight management, relationship difficulties, difficulty adjusting to life changes, chronic pain conditions.

Sofia typically employs a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and solution-focused approaches tailored to meet clients’ needs.

As a psychologist specializing in health, she has a personal interest in regular exercise for a healthy body, reading for a healthy mind, and baking and cooking for healthy emotion.

Maggie Callander – Art Class instructor

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