Solutions to Life Counselling is dedicated to promoting a healthy community and a sense of belonging through healing words within a non-judgemental environment.
People coming to a place of self acceptance and contentment rhouh a positive collaborative approach that will assist them in developing the capacity to resolve their own issues and concerns.
Working with us
Tom Brooks, BA, RPC, MPCP
I am a Registered Professional Counsellor and a Master Practitioner of Counselling Psychology with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. Please visit the Associations webpage at www.cpca-rpc.ca for additional information. I am also an ordained Pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada. You may visit their webpage at www.foursquare.ca for additional information.
I am an approved counsellor with many insurance companies including but not limited to: Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife, Sunlife and Canwest. I have worked closely with the Ministry of Children and Families, Social Workers as well as Government Approved Adoption Agencies.
My private practice is influenced by several therapeutic approaches such as; Values Mapping, Crisis Intervention Therapy, Gottman Marriage Therapy, Psycho-Educational Communication Training, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Goal Setting and Accountability Therapy, Gestalt Therapy Techniques. My primary areas of practice working with young adults, individual adults and married couples include: Sexual Addiction and Sexual Reconstruction, Values Support, Depression Management, Anxiety Awareness and Prevention, Cognitive Reframing, Conflict Resolution, Relationship Restoration through Empathy Reconnection.
I believe that ALL conflict comes from individuals wanting to support their values. Couples and individuals either fight for their values or they surrender them. When this happens you're either getting intensely triggered or lost and not sure of who you are in your world or in a relationship. I have experienced trauma in my own marriage and through my personal journey I've grown to see how a person can be strengthened through reinforcing ones values and also supporting another person’s values.
I work with people who are stuck in relationships and believe they don't have a voice. I empower people to believe in their inner resources and personal abilities for true change to occur. Empathy is the key to connecting with yourself and others. You are the "expert" of your own life. I will work together with you in an atmosphere of non-judgment and unconditional positive regard for your life experiences.
There are two types of counsellors: one who points to the direction a person needs to go or one who, together, walks in the direction that person needs to go – I prefer the latter...
"I believe that people are not sick and in need of a cure, but rather in need of someone in their lives to come alongside of them and give them a hand up."
Jennine Saunders, BA, RPC
I am a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association as a Registered Professional Counsellor. My practice embraces a Holistic, Integrated approach which includes a variety of therapeutic and counselling techniques such as, Gottman Marriage Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Gestalt Therapy Skills; and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
My primary areas of practice includes working with Marriage/Couple Relationship challenges, as well as assisting both women and men in their individual struggles. These may include but are not limited to feeling disconnected and misunderstood or isolated within your marriage; believing you are stuck in chronic conflict; as well as specific personal challenges such as grief, anger, depression, abuse, anxiety, self-esteem, fears and phobias.
My focus is to work with my clients to empower them to move forward on the journey in their lives with greater understanding and confidence. I look forward to working together with you in a client-centered, non-judgmental atmosphere. I believe our body, mind and spirit are integrated. I will encourage you to explore & examine your thoughts, feelings, and internal resources as we work together to effect change towards a life of potential growth and greater fulfillment for you.
Karen Williams, RCC
I am a registered clinical counsellor with BCACC and have a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. I am also an approved counsellor for Crime Victim Assistance Program. My private practice is influenced by several therapeutic approaches, such as Attachment, EMDR, OEI, Gestalt, Communication Skills Training, and Theophostic Prayer Counselling. My primary areas of practice working with youth and adults include: Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/abuse (e.g. prenatal wounds, childhood to adulthood) Dissociative Disorders, Spiritual issues, and Griefand Loss. Other areas I am interested in are Addictions, Self-esteem, Anger, and Relationship issues.
In the words of Victor Frankl, counsellors "look beyond what we have been and what we are to new possibilities of what we may become." Said in another way, counsellors help others "to change what can be changed, to live positively with what cannot be changed, and to have the wisdom to find meaning in both instances." Personally overcoming many obstacles from my past and present circumstances, I have learned that I have the power and the freedom to define the kind of person I want to become. I maintain that people are not determined by their environment (though they can be impacted), but have a choice in how they are going to respond to their situations. Thus, no matter what predicament people find themselves in, whether it is a loss of a loved one, suffering a terminal illness, or encountering other types of abuse or crises, there is always hope. We are dynamic human beings ever in the process of becoming, transforming, and growing. Therefore, although we can be greatly affected or influenced by our family upbringing or surrounding environment, we are not destined to live our life passively. We, instead, have been given free will to determine who we are and what we will become.
It is with this hopeful perspective that I believe in providing a safe, compassionate, and collaborative environment that empowers clients to explore, discover, and resolve the barriers that prevent them from fully experiencing true sense of self, others, and surrounding environment. Holistic healing involves reconnecting with cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of self. As connectedness and restoration occurs through this process, individuals are able to discover their creative potential, make better choices, have healthier relationships, and have a greater capacity to make meaning out of their suffering and adverse circumstances.
"to change what can be changed, to live positively with what cannot be changed, and to have the wisdom to find meaning in both instances."
Michelle Wohl, RPCc
My practice is influenced by several therapeutic approaches, such as: Family Systems Theory, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Communication Skills Training, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My primary areas of practice are: working with the issues that arise in Children (ages 10 to 19) and their families as well as with Young Adults. These include but are not limited to: bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety/fear, depression, self-harm, rebellion, parenting concerns, abuse (verbal/physical/sexual), blended families, effects of divorce and addictions.
Children often do not believe that they have a voice or a choice in their world. They are constantly bombarded by circumstances that are difficult for them to interpret, handle, or make appropriate decisions for. This sometimes creates an implosion in their world, spiraling them into patterns of: fear, depression, decreasing grades, turmoil in the home and countless other things.
In working with the children and the family as a unit (where possible), I help bring out their strengths and empower them to restore or rebuild their foundation. Each person is capable of exceeding where they are currently, with a little assistance. We will work together in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere that will allow opportunity for growth.
Some of the greatest discouragements these individuals are faced with stem from a lack of hope, as well as a goal and a direction to head in. My hope is to offer these individuals a choice to change directions and head towards healing as we walk together on that journey.
"Each person is capable of exceeding where they are currently, with a little assistance."
David Anderson, RPCc
I am a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association as a Registered Professional Counsellor (candidate). My practice is influenced by several therapeutic approaches including: Gestalt Therapy Skills, Communication Skills Training, Conflict Resolution Training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Adlerian Family Systems Training. My primary area of practice is working with adults with a particular focus on men and their areas of growth. Topics regularly broached include finding balance in the areas of anger, sexual concerns, addictions, communication, nepotism, parenting and healthy marital relations. I believe that people have the capacity to achieve whatever they want in their life and their relationships. It is my privilege to partner with people to assist them in identifying the opportunities and resources needed to achieve their goals.
Stephanie Clark, BA, RPCc
I am a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association as a Registered Professional Counsellor (candidate). I am also the British Columbia President for the Canadian Profession Counsellors Association. Please visit the Associations webpage at www.cpca-rpc.ca for additional information.
I approach counselling from a holistic and integrative approach. Using aneclectic model I employ Jungian philosophy with Cognitive Behavioral skills, Gestalt techniques and a Reality therapy grounding. I find Narrative therapy particularly helpful in encouraging clients to explore the fundamental construct of the meaning of their life – our predetermined "truth" is often what holds us back. By redefining our "truth" we unlock a path to peace and personal transformation.
My primary areas of practice include working with anxiety, depression, and trauma including post-abortion care, grief and loss, spiritual concerns and relationship issues, victims of violence, and crisis and trauma.
"The guiding principles of life are ancient and locked within each soul. Unlocking the soul from pain allows individuals to find peace."
Rafik Daudjee, RPCc
I am a culturally competent counselor brought up and educated in East Africa and I now live in Surrey, British Columbia. My background gives me tremendous experience in my counseling practice to care and understand issues of life which rise from cultural conflicts. I am a graduate of Vancouver College of Counselor Training, and I hold a Master of Divinity degree. My competency and passion is to help families, couples and youth in the Surrey and Vancouver area who have struggles and conflicts arising from a mix of many cultures, mores, spiritual issues, and differing life patterns. My interests are in area of addictions, marriages, relationships, cross-cultural issues, communications, youth issues, depression, anxiety, building parenting skills, life stresses, trauma and grief processes. My primary approach in therapy is holistic and includes Reality Therapy, Cognitive therapy, prayer and scripture therapy. With my experience in working with the homeless shelter, and as a minister for the last thirty years I teach and equip churches and groups in providing awareness on outreach and cultural and religious group practices.
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