Counselling Services

Counselling Services

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.

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?

The initial intake session is free. After that, students can 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 $24 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. You can look over this Treatment Agreement ahead of time, here.

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, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We're closed Wednesdays. Someone is usually in the office from 9:30-4:00 pm on our open days, and and you are welcome to stop by and get general questions answered.

Do you offer drop-in counselling?

If you have an urgent need for counselling or are in crisis please see our Dealing with a Crisis info page. If you would like to ask a non-urgent question about counselling, or about referrals to other resources then email the counselling supervisor at

How often can I come for counselling?

Typically, you would come every week or every other week.

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. If you are willing, your counsellor may be an intern studying for their MA in Counselling Psychology.

  Student Centre | Second Floor

  Mon/Tues/Thurs/Friday| 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

  604.853.3567 x326

  Email Counselling Services


Intake Booking Form



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


Meet the Counselling Team


Kristiina V

Kristiina Vuorensivu, MA, RCC

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I am very passionate about helping people move towards healthy emotional and spiritual lives, through the avenues God provides for me, leading ministry, professional counselling, supervising, teaching, parenting and family life

I have experienced first-hand how we are truly healed in relationships with Jesus and with others in community, through a miraculous journey of healing in my own marriage and my family. I believe this is an ongoing journey and that God uses many ways to give us wisdom about our hurts; counselling at our CBC counselling centre being one of those ways.

I have been blessed with opportunities that education and professional training bring. I hold a Masters in Counselling Psychology, am a Registered Clinical Counsellor operating a private practice in Surrey and I bring 15 years agency experience in counselling to my work here at CBC. I am a guest instructor in Counselling and Psychology at a local bible college in Surrey and I also love working closely with my husband, in various ministry initiatives at our home church where he pastors full time. I have three children who are each a precious priority to me.

I am very thankful to be here at Columbia, in guiding counsellors on their journey to professional accreditation, and integration of their very selves and their faith into their work. Mostly I am thankful to be part of a community which keeps Christ at the centre of all we do.

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

David B

David Bott, BA, MA Candidate
Counselling Intern

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I am in my second year of studies in the Counselling Psychology Program at Trinity Western University.

Seeing people change and grow is a beautiful, amazing experience, and having the opportunity to walk alongside someone in their journey of growth and change is very special privilege indeed.  Being invited into such a journey, and adding to it in whatever small way I can, is what I love most about counselling.

In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends, cooking, running, listening to all kinds of music, and reading about all sorts of topics!

Brynn Hughes, BA, MA Candidate
Counselling Intern

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Hello, my name is Brynn Hughes, and I am really excited to be working in the CBC community as a Counselling Intern. I am currently in my final year of a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University.

I was compelled to pursue a career in counselling due to my love and excitement for people and their stories.  I desire to be an authentic individual who connects with people where they are at. I have a passion to witness people living authentically, with freedom, self-compassion and hope. I have always loved working with teens and young adults, and so I am incredibly humbled to be working in the CBC community.

My personal interests range from enjoying the outdoors, stretching myself with new ideas in books and podcasts, and last (but not least) music and comedy. Although all these bring me great joy, I have found that engaging in relationship with people is where I find myself most at home.



Charmaine, BA, MAMFT Candidate
Counselling Intern

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My name is Charmaine and I am incredibly excited to be on the CBC campus as a Counselling Intern. I am currently in my second year of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy program at ACTS Seminaries. 

I was drawn to become a counsellor because of my deep-felt love for people and the desire to see people grow into their fullest potential. I believe that we are all broken and it is when we are able to make peace with and heal from our brokenness that change can occur. I believe that change is hard but possible, and I am continually encouraged by the profound strengths and resources that each individual possesses. My passion is to journey with others to bring awareness and open the door to possibilities so that change and growth can occur.

When I am not at school or work, I enjoy being outside, climbing mountains, travelling, eating (and cooking!) all kinds of food, and spending time with friends and family. This opportunity to serve the CBC community is both humbling and rewarding and I look forward to connecting with you.

Cordelia, BA, MA Candidate
Counselling Intern

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I am in my final year of a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. I graduated with a BA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

I was drawn to be a counsellor because of my love for people, having authentic connection, real and deep conversations, and hearing people's stories. It is my heart to provide a safe space for my clients to feel heard, understood, felt and supported. My specific areas of interest are depression and anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, general relationship difficulties, and marriage difficulties. 

I was born and raised in Asia. I came to Canada in 2010 for my undergraduate studies. I have been married for 2 years! In my spare time, some things I enjoy doing are reading, hiking, and biking. Most of all, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends, husband and family. I find my deepest sense of meaning in authentically connecting with people.

Courtney, BA, MAMFT Candidate
Counselling Intern

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Hello! My name is Courtney. I am in my final year of the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy degree at ACTS Seminaries, and am overjoyed to be part of the CBC counselling team as one of my internship placements.
As an alumnus of CBC, I believe I can understand student journeys at a measurable depth. I have always cherished human interaction and the beauty and strength in relationship. Because of this, I was drawn to continue my education and work in the counselling field. I see each person as valuable, with their own unique story and reason for seeking therapy. I enjoy working with all topics and believe that change is possible for everyone to achieve. My desire as a counsellor it to sit with people and help them to feel fully heard, collaboratively working towards the desired goals. I consider it a great honor to be welcomed in to such vulnerable places, and cherish the moments of raw truthfulness, honesty, and emotion.
In my spare time I enjoy the arts, interacting with friends and family, and exploring new places.

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 Columbia Students


Skills & Support Group

Skills & Support Group

Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? This is a counsellor-led group focused on building skills and support for those who experience anxiety. We promise that sharing out loud and homework are optional! (This group is open to both men and women.)

  Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30
October 26 - December 7

  Counselling Centre

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Web Resources

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


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.