A highly respected Child and Family Therapist, Alyson Jones took over ownership of the centre in 2008. Alyson is an adjunct faculty member at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has been featured in the media sharing her extensive knowledge. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in therapy for children, adolescents, families, individuals and couples, she uses a variety of methods, and adapts a specific treatment plan for each individual or family, using cognitive, play and art therapy when working with children, as well as assisting them and their families in developing problem solving techniques. Alyson also specializes in enhancing the attachment between parent and child.
Alyson is currently not taking new clients. However, if you would like her to suggest a suitable therapist for your situation, please call 604-926-6665.
Salley-Ann sees the potential in every person; whether it is working with families through divorce, parenting issues, children, youth, trauma, anger, grief or mental health issues. She believes that the road to authenticity stems from knowing and living our truth. She understands that when we face a challenge our true journey begins. As a client centered therapist with the coupling of clinical counselling and expressive arts therapy Salley-Ann has a well-rounded approach to counselling. She is committed to doing her best to assist clients in meeting their goals, and finds that her clients often exceed their own expectations!
Salley-Ann is passionate about process, enthusiastic about change and extremely real about life’s challenges. Salley-Ann approaches each person, family, and situation with a conviction that if there is motivation then there is opportunity. As a therapist that has lived a life of colourful ebbs and flows, Salley-Ann brings richness into her therapeutic relationships that remain solid, realistic, yet challenging. Each client and family have their own story, there is no correct formula. Salley-Ann has a refreshing, open minded approach to working with individuals and families that is fine tuned to what they bring to counselling.
As a key note speaker, accomplished musician, music therapist, clinical counsellor, and guided imagery therapist, Salley-Ann works with individuals of all ages and circumstances. Salley-Ann is no stranger to life’s challenges and as a divorced mother of three almost grown daughters she has embarked on her own journey of blending a family. She welcomes her clients to embark on a journey of healing, truth, inner peace and a continual pathway to wellness.
Jorge Gonzalez is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who believes that everyone’s life is a journey, and that rarely does this journey go according to a master plan. Along the way all of us will encounter unexpected twists and turns; life’s own challenges that will test our resolve and our ability to problem solve and adapt. Using well-directed encouragement, in addition to a variety of effective clinical intervention techniques, Jorge helps clients increase their awareness, see new possibilities and gain the confidence to transform what often appear as challenges into opportunities for growth. Jorge has specific training in couples, family and play therapy and experience treating anxiety, depression, divorce issues, trauma, attachment disruptions and self-esteem.
Jorge specializes in child and family therapy and is a part of the divorce and separation team at Alyson Jones & Associates. Jorge is highly committed to excellent service and feels honoured to be of assistance to his clients. To witness human resilience and the ability to adapt to new circumstances is rewarding for both the therapist and client. Jorge adds that this is especially true when working with children, and believes that when properly supported children can heal from challenges and move on to live healthy and successful lives. Jorge approaches his work with families and children as an ongoing privilege.
Jorge has years of experience working with children and youth, and as a result of this background in parent education and child therapy, has become increasingly involved in assisting and challenging parents and other adults in a child’s life to re-examine their role, behaviour and responses to conflict and see how they can adjust them to positively contribute to a child’s well- being.
Jorge worked for many years as a strategic planner in advertising agencies in South and North America. This unusual background has provided him with a unique perspective when it comes to thinking creatively to resolve conflict and discover solutions. Each member comes with their own different sets of talents and abilities, stubbornness and triggers, hopes and resentments. Jorge firmly believes that a key role of the therapist is to challenge clients to see their contributions to conflict and general “stuckness”, as well as point out their unique strengths, and in doing so encourage them to work towards positive resolutions.
Heather believes that human relationships are one of the most important elements in our lives and that we need healthy, supportive human connections in order to thrive. Heather possesses an easy warmth and sense of compassion that are immediately evident and allow her to form connections with people of all ages and backgrounds. She sees the best in people and thrives on helping others in overcoming challenges, recognizing their unique strengths, and finding hope in even the most difficult situations.
With almost three decades of experience in Canadian and U.S. boarding and day schools, Heather is uniquely positioned to assist adolescents, teens, and their families in navigating this ever-changing world. Appreciating the complexities families are facing, she provides Parent Education and is experienced in addressing areas of struggle and conflict between children and their parents. Heather has worked with families from around the world and understands that issues of culture and ethnicity impact the way people see themselves and interact with the world.
Heather uses a variety of practical modalities when she works with children, youth, individuals, and families. She treats depression, anxiety, trauma, and provides anger management for all ages. She helps families as they transition through divorce and separation and brings her practical skills to helping families in conflict.
As the proud mother of two teenage boys, Heather believes in the tremendous power of optimism, role-modeling, and showing resiliency through moments of transition and change. Her positive outlook and attitude have been key in helping her to overcome the inevitable hurdles and obstacles life presents.
Heather works with people of all ages and brings empathy, humor, and genuine respect to all those she meets. Her collaborative, warm style is coupled with the belief that each individual and each family is unique and complex, requiring a tailored, personalized treatment approach. It brings Heather pleasure to assist clients tap into their inner strength, find joy where it was lost, and overcome challenges they are facing.
Laura has extensive experience serving individuals and families as they navigate transitions, grief and loss, and transform life-negating patterns. Some of the areas Laura works with include anxiety, depression, OCD, post-trauma integration, relationship challenges, parenting, and divorce and separation. Laura believes that challenges become a path to building self-esteem and resiliency. Laura’s approach is to serve as an active guide to develop the foundation for a life lived in alignment with one’s purpose and in meaningful relationship with others.
Laura has a special interest in attachment and parenting. As a member of the specialized Family Forward Team she applies her attachment training to assist in treating attachment disruptions, and building stronger parent child relationships. Laura has trained in the relational developmental parenting approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld at the Neufeld Institute. As a mother herself, she understands that there are both joys and challenges in parenting. Laura is heartfelt and practical in working to strengthen the child-parent attachment, both within her own life and that of her clients.
Laura has been trained in specialized somatic body based therapies that have greatly benefited her clients. She is also dedicated to mindfulness, and integrates these effective skills into the therapeutic context.
Warmth, humour, direct communication, compassion and humanity are found in each encounter with Laura. She honours the life challenges, courage, and wisdom that bring each person to her door. Laura works collaboratively and tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the unique needs and goals of each person and family. Working with Laura bridges the inner work of growth with practical steps that clients can take with them into their lives.
Caroline is a registered clinical counsellor who enjoys working with people of all ages. Caroline believes that counselling is a collaborative process in which the client and the therapist work together to discover new ways of understanding and addressing the challenges that come our way. Caroline is a compassionate and empathetic person who is able to balance practical assistance with a keen sense of humour.
Caroline works with individuals, couples, youth and families. She believes in dealing with the now in order to assist people in getting where they want to be. Her non-judgmental and inclusive approach works with a variety of issues all the way from anxiety and depression, to major life and identify transitions. She has experienced a number of significant changes in her own life, which inform her passion for her work, and her commitment to supporting change and affirming diversity.
An area of specialty for Caroline is Diversity and Identity. Caroline came out a few years ago, and now identifies as a cis-gender lesbian. This identity shift fostered a desire to support mental health and well-being within the LGBTQ community, and with people of all ages. Caroline has worked with LGBTQ clients facing life changes, and those coping with major life stressors. She has also supported clients as they transitioned, and those exploring identity issues related to gender and sexual orientation. She is passionate about supporting families as they adjust to a family member experiencing identity shifts and life changes. She also works with people in LGBTQ relationships and those in non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
Caroline is a divorced parent of four school-aged children and brings a deep understanding of attachment to her parenting, her relationships and her counselling practice. She is committed to supporting families, through parent education, and by helping parents to maintain their connection with their children during any transitions, and in particular during a separation and divorce. As part of the Alyson Jones & Associates Divorce and Separation team she provides assistance to families as they adapt and adjust to these life changes
Other areas of interest for Caroline are health and spirituality. Caroline was diagnosed with a chronic illness at the age of 18. She understands the additional challenges managing health conditions can add to our lives and she works with clients to find ways to manage their conditions in the wider context of their lives. Having been brought up in a religious household, Caroline has travelled her own spiritual path and enjoys working with those who are examining their relationship to belief and spirituality.
Art Therapist, MA, MCP, AT
Individual, Child & Family Therapist
Robin is inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit. She believes that within all of us lives an innate drive, not only to overcome hardships but to grow and ultimately thrive as a result of these challenges. She believes that everyone has their own unique answers within them and possesses the power to move toward greater self-knowledge, fulfilment and wellbeing.
Robin’s practice involves working with individuals, children, youth and families. Her style is attentive, warm, grounded and at times, humorous. She exudes warmth and compassion and nurtures meaningful, trusting and genuine relationships with her clients. She guides her clients in developing resources that help them better understand themselves. She also believes in assisting her clients in developing practical skills that will enhance their lives.
Robin became a therapist after earning an MA in Acting from the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London England and worked for over a decade as an actor and theatre educator in New York City, Toronto and at major Canadian theatre festivals. Along the way, she trained extensively in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices, as well as obtaining her professional registration as a holistic nutritionist.
Robin uses an integrative approach that draws on her rich background and creative gifts. She brings together her skills in counselling, expressive art-making, mindfulness and therapeutic play to support her clients in navigating a wide range of issues and challenges. Grounded in attachment and Client-centered theory, Robin draws on modalities such as Narrative, Holistic Expressive Play, Cognitive Behavioural, Adlerian, and Emotionally Focused Family therapy.
Zohreh specializes in individual, couple and family counselling as well as leads parent groups. Conducting therapy sessions in either Farsi or English, her special interest is in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, and relationship issues. In helping her clients deal with trauma, Zohreh is able to guide her clients through the ICBC or WCB process as well as provide rehabilitation counselling.
She is a Registered Psychologist with a PhD from the University of Wales and was a professor of psychology for 15 years at the Iran Medical Science University where she also had a busy private practice. Zohreh is a member of the BC Psychological Association and an active member of the International School Psychological Association.
Teacher, coach, mentor, entrepreneur, psychotherapist, and author, Dr. Lake wears many hats. However, the common thread that runs through all his work is people. “I love people. I have a need to understand, at a deep level, the other person’s experience and then support them to get what they want. Professionally and personally, my passions are interpersonal dynamics, emotional intelligence, and conflict management for couples and families.”
Becoming unstuck and moving forward is at the heart of much of Steven’s therapeutic work. Having been through many relationships and one divorce, Steven became an avid student of what makes relationships work and what hinders successful outcomes. Finally, hitting upon the formula for success, he has been happily married for 18 years and has been assisting couple and families at all ages and stages of their relationships.
In his work with couples, Steven realized that most people have not been taught effective relationship skills, and this led him to write, talk2ME: How to communicate with women, tune up your relationship, tone down the fights, dodge divorce, and have sex more than once a year.
“Life is complex, unpredictable and often cruel. The majority of my work revolves around trauma and crisis situations.” Steven has worked with victims of car accidents, bank robberies, rape, torture, war and divorce. Steven is a seasoned therapist who works with a wide variety of issues, and is pleased to bring his experience and steady approach to the Family Forward Program as well.
Steven is an experienced professional with compassion and insight. He has the innate ability to quickly create a safe and trusting atmosphere in which you, your partner or your family can begin the healing process.
Having lived on three different continents, Ida Harvey understands the significance of cultural background, family upbringing, and life experience in shaping our views and perspectives. Ida speaks three languages and is able to provide service in Farsi, French and English.
In her practice she seeks to compassionately understand how we are shaped by our perspectives and background, and in turn how to empower individuals, children and families to alter views and practices in order to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
As a mother and therapist, she cherishes the importance of parenting, while also recognizing the challenges that parenthood presents, especially when facing health, marital, career, or financial problems.
Ida is on the Divorce and Separation Team, and well as the specialized Family Forward Team, and assists families in working through transitions and change. She is committed to helping parents keep the well-being of their children at the forefront of a divorce and separation, and assisting children in building the resiliency that allows them to thrive.
Ida believe in meeting the clients where they are at and works with families collaboratively as well as those that are struggling with moderate to high conflict situations.
Her background as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) has taught her to establish an overview which allows her to systematically problem solve with her clients. Her multi disciplinarian professional background is of great assistance to her clients as she is able to bring a variety of practical experience and knowledge to her therapeutic work. These layers of her practice are of additional value to clients facing financial entanglements in cases needing mediation, collaborative divorce and other alternative dispute resolution processes.
Ida works with people of all ages to maximize their health and wellness. She has practical skills to assist with anxiety, depression and adjusting to life changes. With kindness and optimism Ida supports her clients in detangling, simplifying, and prioritizing the challenges that are faced so that change can be managed more effectively, and life can be enjoyed more fully.
Leila believes that although people are inherently resilient, we can benefit from support and guidance as we journey through our lives. In her counselling practice she provides both guidance and support to her clients. She works with youth, adults, couples & families and provides counselling in both English and Farsi.
Leila works with depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, relationship issues, self-esteem, effective communication, boundary setting, stress management, major life transitions, past traumas, multicultural issues, as well re-settlement and integration issues for immigrants & refugees. She has experienced vast changes and on her own journey in life and brings a comprehensive world view to her counselling practice. She is passionate about assisting all the clients and the families she works with in navigating their lives and environments as their own life journey unfolds.
Leila believes human beings are equipped with all the necessary inner resources for their growth and self-actualization. That being said, this inherent potential is at times blocked as a result of one’s difficult circumstances, upbringing, culture and other factors. Leila believes therapy is a collaborative journey where client and counsellor work closely together to increase awareness of those stuck places, strengthen one’s “emotional muscles", identify clients’ values and goals and commit and move toward those valued goals.
Leila uses a variety of methods to assist clients in reaching their goals. She specialized in Cognitive Behavioral & Mindfulness-based Therapies, as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in her practice. Leila uses practical counselling tools and self-compassion enhancing techniques to help relieve the individual from internalized oppressive forces inside that impede one’s growth and enhance healing.
In her former life, Rebecca was a practicing lawyer. She resigned her practice in order to search for a different career – something that allowed her to focus on relationships of warmth, heart, and compassion.
She now has her Masters in Counselling Psychology, and is grateful every day for the opportunities for connection this new direction has brought.
Rebecca believes in the power of a positive, encouraging therapy relationship to help clients get through difficult times, realize their potential, and pursue their dreams. Having been through some major life transitions herself, she is interested in supporting people through the process of re-evaluating and re-inventing themselves in an authentic way. Believing we are often hardest on ourselves, she strives to help clients cultivate both self-awareness and self-compassion.
Rebecca has training in a variety of therapeutic techniques and theories, including Lifespan Integration therapy (LI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness. Both through her training and her practical experience as a mother, she has a strong interest in Attachment theory and how it applies to parenting and love relationships. Some of the work she has done with people has included self-exploration, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, and the challenges of parenting.
Rebecca’s optimism and enthusiasm enable her to see the best in her clients, and to help them recognize and appreciate the best in themselves.
Shelley believes that life is an ongoing journey of personal discovery and that much self compassion is required! As a counsellor, it brings Shelley joy to encourage people to discover their own unique inner and outer resources to live the life they dream of.
Shelley is a Certified Teacher, holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has many years’ experience working with children and adults, couples and families. Although well versed in theory, she likes to bring her practical nature when developing a framework for understanding each unique individual. In her work with clients, she is able to adapt a variety of helpful skills such as CBT and Lifespan Integration to assist the client in making movement forward.
Shelley treats both children and adults for anxiety issues, and teaches parent education. She also treats depression (including postpartum depression), grief and loss, and teaches anger management for all ages. She helps create results-based parenting plans for couples who are separated or divorced, and is experienced in presenting on a variety of mental health issues to small or large groups.
Shelley truly understands both the struggles and the joys of family life. Relying on her personal experience as a wife and mother of three is one of the many ways she connects with and supports clients. She is intimately aware of the challenges that relationships present, and values the strength and wisdom that life's difficulties offer each one of us.