Counselling Services

Counselling Services


Counselling Services Update


Video and telephone counselling are now available to CBC students, and at NO COST through the end of the semester. We are here to offer crisis counselling, hear about your stressors, and support you with creating a good mental health plan going forward in these uncertain times. If you are a previous counselling client - welcome back! Or, if you are new to counseling and finding all these changes very overwhelming, please contact us. It can really help to talk to someone even just one time! We want to listen, support, give resources and help you make sense of everything going on around you. We are in this together, and we are praying for your peace amidst this very difficult time.


Book A Counselling Session





Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  Our Counselling Services team is here to support you when you need a hand. We're available to all current students for all kinds of reasons.  Read through our FAQ and be sure to look at the events & workshops we offer throughout the year.


Book Your First Session


  Student Centre | Second Floor

  Monday - Friday| 10 AM - 4:00 PM

  604.853.3567 x326

  Email Counselling Services



If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please click here for steps to take.



Counselling Services FAQ

What is counselling?

A counsellor listens to your specific situation and your needs. A counsellor guides you through a process towards understanding yourself better and exploring the things that hold you back from experiencing a healthy and fully engaged life.  You are a crucial part of this process as you are the expert on you!   Counselling is a place where you get to safely examine things that seem to be preventing you from living the way you would like to. Counselling looks very different for different people and counsellors can skillfully assess and guide this process for you. 

What kinds of things do you deal with in counselling?

Counselling can handle any issue really, and it does not matter how overwhelming the issue may feel at first, or how small or trivial you think it sounds. If you feel held back from the life you want to live in any way, then it is valuable to come to counselling. You may not even know how to define why you feel the way you do, but you know you need help, and that is OK. Or, you may have an identified tendency in behaviours, or a relationship that causes distress, or perhaps a way of coping with life’s stressors that you would really like to change. There is no prerequisite list of issues and our team will be alert for any helpful additional supports and discuss those with you when appropriate to best serve you. 

Will counselling resolve my issues?

Sometimes, issues are identified and much progress can happen in just a few sessions. The support of a counsellor can help prioritize and make changes in an area that can impact day to day satisfaction in our lives. For others, counselling may begin or continue a journey of healing that is part of a longer process.

How much does counselling cost?

Students receive counseling for a nominal fee of $15 per session. Please keep in mind that students who miss appointments, without notifying their counsellor at least 24 hours in advance, will be charged $30 for the missed session.

Is my information kept private?

Columbia respects the right to privacy, and keeps counselling appointments confidential. During the intake appointment, the Counselling Services Supervisor will discuss guidelines and limits of confidentiality.

How do I arrange my first appointment?

To book a counselling session,complete the online intake form as your first step. We'll contact you as soon as possible (within a few days) to schedule your intake interview.

When is the Centre open?

Counselling Services is open Monday through Friday. Most days, someone is in the office from 10- 4:00 pm, and and you are welcome to stop by with general inquiries. If we have a moment we can chat. If you want to get on the intake list please see our intake form online.

Do you offer drop-in counselling?

Please stay tuned as we are hoping to offer a drop in night one day a week. Please check the website for updates for an October start. This will be via online same-day sign-up for drop in opportunities!

How often can I come for counselling?

This varies based on your presenting concerns and our assessment. We try very hard to see all students who wish to see us, even if just once or twice to help work through an issue. Some students may be seen weekly or biweekly for a time, where appropriate.

What if I just want a couple of sessions?

Sometimes you just need someone to help you sort through a decision that seems hard, or you don’t forsee weeks of counselling happening so you are resistant to contact us. No problem is too small if it is bothering you. Or perhaps you just want a referral to a community support –we can do that here too. We help you figure out what support you want and where to get it. Depending on what you want, sometimes the answer is counselling, and other times it is a local community group or church.

What if I want to find a local community group, program, or church resource?

Yes we can do that too. Just email us at and let us know you just want a one-time resource and referral meeting. Or sometimes we can even answer your questions with a phone call. So give us your number if you would like a call back.

Who will my counsellor be?

We have a great team of counsellors! You can take a look at our names and photos below. After your initial interview, you'll be assigned the counsellor we feel will be the best fit, based on many factors.
Meet the Counselling Team


Kristiina V

Kristiina Vuorensivu, MA, RCC

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I am passionate about helping people move towards healthy emotional and spiritual lives.
I have experienced first-hand how we are healed in relationships with Jesus and with others in community, through a miraculous journey of healing in my own life.
I have been blessed with opportunities in Counselling Psychology, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I run a private practice in Surrey and I am a guest instructor at a local bible college in Surrey. I also work closely with my husband, in various ministry initiatives at our home church where he pastors full time. I have three children who are each very dear to me.
I am humbled to be here at Columbia, and love being part of a community that keeps Christ at the centre.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding but in all ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6

Cody Jackson
Counselling Intern

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Hello! My name is Cody, and I am currently a 4th year student at Columbia Bible College in our Counselling and Human services degree. I have been both a Resident Leader and a worship leader and now, I am incredibly blessed to be able to serve the community and God in such a practical way!

I am very excited to be taking on the position of Counselling Intern; helping with lunch and learns, running campus events, and counseling students. I see counselling as an important addition to a Christian walk. I have a passion for difficult conversations and seeing people go from a place of hopelessness or fear to find joy and abundance in Christ and his promises. I am looking forward to the way that God is going to form and develop leaders through counselling and campus resources as we strive to promote healthy and balanced lifestyles in a world that promotes stress and worry.

I am originally from Powell River, BC but moved to Abbotsford to attend CBC. My passions include Music, Baseball, and scrolling through the SPCA website anticipating the day that my schedule and wallet will allow me to have a dog.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. -- James 1:27


Doreen Yung, MCS Candidate
Counselling Intern

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My name is Doreen and I am in the Masters of Counselling Program at Providence Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba.
I believe it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be present with someone in a counselling room. I am always amazed at the courage it takes for someone to come to counselling and it is truly sacred ground to be holding someone’s authenticity and vulnerability.
I feel called to do my masters in counselling because of my ten years of experience in peer counselling. I felt I needed to learn more so I could walk alongside people in their healing journey. I am a mature student and I am married with two children. I also work at Post Abortion Community Services.
I am excited to be here at Columbia Bible College, because it is an honor to get the privilege to impact students and their life.




Kassidy G, DPC

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My name is Kassidy and I'm looking forward to meeting people where they are at and facilitating healing. God is the ultimate Counsellor and I am blessed to draw from His attributes because I am gifted with the opportunity to work with His precious children. My husband and I moved to Surrey two years ago to attend Pacific Life Bible College, where I received a Diploma of Professional Counselling. We were called to the Lower Mainland for schooling and have stayed to continue volunteering for the ministry of Young Life.
While at Columbia Bible College I will not only gain invaluable experience while practically applying techniques I've learned but I will be collecting hours to attain my registration through ACCT.


Chloe Rice, MCS student

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Hello! My name is Chloe, and I am blessed to be serving at CBC as a counsellor in training and look forward to meeting you. I am currently a Masters of Counselling Psychology student through Yorkville University, and hold a BA in Religion with a major of Counselling Foundations from Summit Pacific College.

I have a passion to see people lead healthy, fulfilling, whole lives and have a strong desire to be a support and a resource on the journey to healing. I feel immensely privileged to be able to be a part of your story as you grow and strengthen yourself as a student at CBC, and look forward to walking alongside each of you for this moment.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13


Andrea Pastoor
MA Candidate, Intern Counsellor

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I am in my last year of the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy program at ACTS Seminary. I completed undergraduate studies at Summit Pacific College with a BA in Religion and Major in Counselling. I am excited to be serving alongside the counselling team this year at Columbia! I am passionate about seeing lives healed. I recognize the courage, bravery, and authenticity it takes to commit to the process of therapy, and I am passionate about seeing lives healed through the redemptive process that counselling offers individuals.

" Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be week with those who are weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human."
~ Henri Nouwen

May you sense Him in the midst of your days.



Columbia is a practicum site for counsellors-in-training.

We provide a fully operational counselling centre where students from various counselling programs can come to get valuable direct client hours for their practicum and internship requirements.

As an intern-counsellor you can provide one-to-one counselling, as each year we have a guaranteed intake of campus students seeking counselling.

Columbia provides daily Counselling Centre Operation and Clinical Supervision as we have an on-site qualified Christian counsellor who is an MA, RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor)

Ideal for those looking to complete hours towards their MA, qualified Certificate or Diploma programs and/or towards professional accreditation hours with various professional bodies, BCACC and others.





Learn more about Counselling Internships at Columbia

Counselling Groups & Events for Students

"Coping with Stressors" & Counselling Services Orientation

Meet the Counselling Team, get a brief overview on coping with stressors, and sign up for drop-in or weekly groups.


Monday, September 16, Noon, in the Clearwood Room



Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn 2019-2020

Learn helpful tools for promoting your mental health. Typical topics are stress, anxiety, healthy boundaries, depression. Open to all Columbia staff and students. Presented by the Counselling Services staff & interns.


Upcoming Sessions:

  • January 27, 2020
  • February 10, 2019
  • March 23, 2020

Sessions start at noon, in the Clearwood Room. Bring your lunch!



"Let's Talk about Sex" - Discussion Group

Discussion groups facilitated by Student Development. The purpose is not therapy, but rather an invitation to engage in a safe discussion surrounding the topic of healthy sexuality.  Discussion groups will be divided into all-male and all-female groups.


Discussions groups will meet three Thursdays, from 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm. Please plan to join for all three sessions. Location TBA.


  • November 14, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • November 28, 2019


Sign Up for Men's Discussion Group


Sign up for Women's Discussion Group

Web Resources

Here are curated resources with solid information, trustworthy staff teams, and helpful action steps:


Anxiety Canada



Our TOP PICK for anxiety resources: an interactive webpage with lots of background info to help you understand your anxiety and tools to help you deal with it in healthy ways.




Crisis Centre



24/7 support for people in distress through phone & chat



Here to Help



Info sheets & self-assessments on mental health & substance abuse



Gov Canada Substance Abuse



A round-up of information on the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and prescription meds.


Celebrate Recovery



Christ-centered 12-step program to provide healing from addiction.
Celebrate Recovery is available locally at HillCity Church.


Fight the New Drug



Info and resources if you're struggling with pornography


Alpha Canada



Resources for spiritual seekers on Christian faith, life, and meaning.


Journey Canada



Resources for helping people experience Jesus in their relationships, sexuality, and identity.


Freedom Sessions



A 20-week, intensive healing-discipleship journey that uncovers the roots of pain in our lives and invites Jesus Christ to heal those areas of our hearts. Available at Northview Church.


Telecare BC


Telecare BC

Christian phone crisis care


Issues I Face



Connection to stories and online spiritual mentoring through Power to Change Ministries.


Focus on the Family



Offers one free professional Christian counselling session



Mercy Canada



Intensive live-in recovery program for women. A men's program is available through Psalm 23.


Early Psychosis Prevention


Early Psychosis Intervention

Resources Kits & Downloads


Relational Abuse



R.E.S.P.E.C.T. builds awareness about the realities and dynamics of abuse through storytelling and education. We offer support groups for women who have experienced abuse and distribute the book When Love Hurts to various institutions and service providers with the purpose of educating the public about abuse.

Columbia Safe Community

Columbia Safe Community

Columbia has a number of important policies and helpful info to make sure our community stays safe for everyone. Learn more...

Columbia Safe Community

If Someone is Being Abused

If you find yourself dealing with someone aged 0-18 who is experiencing abuse or neglect:

  • To report abuse or neglect of a child aged 0-18 in British Columbia, call 1-800-663-9122 twenty-four hours a day to report. A duty worker will talk with you about your concerns, even anonymously at first, and about the reporting process.
  • If you are a child in an abusive situation you can call the children’s HELPLINE at 604-310-1234! This line is available for anyone aged 0-18 to call in for help!