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Britt holds a Diploma of Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College and has 8 years of experience working in the field of psych nursing. After spending 5 years working with children and youth at BC Children’s hospital in various mental health programs, Britt joined SFU’s Health and Counselling team as a Mental Health Nurse.
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Deborah is a Clinical Counsellor and passionate about supporting students wherever they're at in their personal mental health journey. Her previous roles at SFU involved academic advising and program planning for new students, which fostered her appreciation for the variety of unique needs across a diverse student population. As an Access Case Manager, Deborah is curious to learn about the details of your individual concerns so that she can connect you with the best fit resource to support you.
Harp is a Registered Social Worker and passionate about creating a society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity; while addressing racial discrimination. She has several years of experience in the field of social work and health care and joined the Health & Counselling Team at SFU in 2019. As an Access Case Manager, Harp works closely with you to understand your individual needs so she can connect you with helpful and valuable resources. She wishes to ensure students are seen, heard and valued.
Kirby is a Registered Psychologist who holds a human rights and social justice-based perspective in her work with students at SFU. She works to understand individuals in the context of their identity and their relationships (e.g., partnership, family, community, society, culture) and she is alert to the impact of discrimination, violence, individual and historical trauma, and migration on mental health and well-being. Using a strengths-based perspective, Kirby helps clients develop supports and sources of resilience that will inspire growth, self-compassion and new ways to cope with life’s challenges.
Acting Director, Counselling Services
Les is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has had the privilege of supporting SFU students over the past 20 years. He maintains a practical, relational and in integrative approach to therapy that is influenced by Process Experiential/Emotion Focused Theory. Les is passionate in his desire to join with students in their unique journeys and in their desire for healing, growth and change in their lives. Belonging, connection, compassion and curiosity are key values that invite another to be seen, heard and understood, and to feel safe and welcome. Les maintains sensitivity to issues of identity, diversity and race and assists clients in compassionately addressing thematic patterns and emotions that may be distressing and impairing their journey toward healing and change in life.
Acting Director, Counselling Services
Angela is a Registered Psychologist who works from a client-centered perspective. She strives to understand the unique barriers, view points, and growth opportunities in each student. She believes in the healing power of humour, creative expression, and metaphors. Angela encourages students to take risks and to learn helpful ways of relating to themselves and to others.
Shona is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Psychologist who trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Oxford, U.K.. She is dual citizen who immigrated to Canada when she was 9 years old, previously living in South Africa, Thailand and Malaysia. She predominantly uses a Human Givens and a CBT approach and is a specialist in treating traumas and complex mental health disorders. She uses a strength-based solution-focused model, working collaboratively to help people understand their difficulties and learn different strategies to interact with them. She is humbly aware of her white privilege and is passionate with facilitating people to reach their full potential within a caring and empowering environment.
Monique is a recent immigrant from Hong Kong after being an international student here for over a decade. Cantonese is her mother tongue; Mandarin and English are her additional languages. Her professional interest lies in the role culture and race play in our being, including mental health, gender and sexual orientation. Her practice philosophy is that everyone is the author of their stories. She believes human connection is the basic ingredient for healing. Her counselling approach empathizes the mind-body connection through the lens of cultural humility, somatic experiencing, narrative therapy, and mindfulness practice.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor Wayne has been serving SFU students since 1998, helping them create transformative life experiences that promote wellbeing and pursuit of personal, academic and vocational aspirations. Wayne’s practice is influenced by evidence-based therapies including Adlerian, Client-Centered, Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Positive Psychotherapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Primary areas of focus include anxiety, depression, stress management, procrastination, learning skills and career development.
Beth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working within a client centered, intersectionality framework. She appreciates that students are busy, often overwhelmed and lead lives outside the confines of being a student. Beth’s life experience as a yoga and meditation instructor, group facilitator and graduate student inform her in her counselling work. She strives to support the development of insight, strategies and tools to assist students in reaching their counselling and broader life goals. Beth is a certified EMDR therapist with experience in supporting clients through issues related to trauma history, self-esteem, stress, anxiety and low mood.
David is a Registered Clinical Counsellor holding a MA in counselling psychology from Adler University. His approach integrates emotion-focused, narrative, and cognitive-behavioural therapy, and he prioritizes offering a grounded and caring atmosphere emphasizing safety and empathy. David is passionate about suicide prevention, social justice, career and professional development concerns, and the use of role-playing games in therapy.
Susan provides graduate students individual and group counselling, as well as workshops on topics including perfectionism, relationships with supervisors, and impostor syndrome. Her orientation is primarily psychodynamic within an anti-oppression framework. If you feel stuck, blocked, or overwhelmed she will explore with you ways you might be experiencing old or familiar patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that may not be serving you in the present. Before becoming a counsellor Susan was an English professor, giving her years of personal experience of the trials and rewards of grad school and academic life.
Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Sarah is committed to providing her clients with a collaborative, safe and nurturing space that honors their unique experiences, culture, histories, and identity. Sarah is passionate about helping her clients recognize their personal strengths, cultivate a more compassionate relationship with themselves, and develop key skills and strategies that will help them address their concerns and move towards their unique personal goals.
Doriana is a Registered Clinical Counsellor holding a Master of Counselling degree from City University. She completed her undergraduate degree at SFU in psychology, counselling, and human development. Doriana works from a strengths based, solution focused perspective supporting clients experiencing a myriad of issues including but not limited to family of origin, relationship issues, grief and loss, burnout, and cultural issues. She believes in the natural resilience of people and feels honoured to be a part of their journey.
Erica Van Driel
Erica is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works within client-centered and trauma-informed frameworks in order to work collaboratively with clients in a space free from shame or judgement. As the current liaison between SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) and Health & Counselling Services, her goal is to create safe(r) spaces for students who have experienced sexualized violence through building trust and connection within themselves and with others. Erica utilizes emotion-focused, mindfulness, and self-compassion approaches to support healing, growth, and resilience.
Donna is in her final year of studies at SFU towards becoming a counselling psychologist. She has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 30 years and co-owns a private fitness studio in Surrey with her wife.
Anne-Marie is a Counselling Psychology practicum student completing her Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Her approach is a blend of cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Anne-Marie strongly values providing a safe and non-judgemental space for students to feel as comfortable as possible in their counselling experience. While exercising warmth, acceptance, patience, and some humour, Anne-Marie is passionate about helping students to recognize their personal strengths and to cultivate skills that can help them achieve the changes they aspire to make in their lives. Anne-Marie’s personal philosophy includes an acknowledgment that struggling and suffering are key human experiences, and that doors can still open even after others have closed.
Megan is completing her practicum at SFU Health & Counselling as part of her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In her therapeutic approach, Megan employs a cognitive-behavioural framework which integrates her learnings around traumainformed interventions and modalities. As a student herself, Megan seeks to connect with the university community by honoring the personal strengths, histories, and wisdom that make each student unique. Prior to her practicum, Megan volunteered as a peer support worker on her university campus, offering one-to-one support sessions and psychoeducational workshops to students waiting to access mental health services.
Ayumi is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and predoctoral intern at HCS. She is aware of her privileges as a younger, able-bodied, educated, cisgender woman, as well as some of the struggles of being an Asian woman previously with an international study visa. In her counselling work, Ayumi strives to establish an emotionally safe and collaborative environment for clients to reflect and explore alternative ways of coping, changing, or perceiving their difficulties.