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 clinical counselling?

Counselling is a relationship with a professional that helps you gain self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and helps you develop your personal resources. The goal is to learn how to live more satisfyingly and resourcefully.

What kinds of things do you deal with in counselling?

Counselling relationships and sessions will vary according to your needs but may focus on addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict, healing painful experiences, or improving relationships with others. Your counsellor will help you in ways that respect your values, goals, and your inner strengths and wisdom!

How much does counselling cost?

The initial intake session is free. After that, students can receive counseling for a nominal fee of $12 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.

How often can I come for counselling?

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

Who will my counsellor be?

We have a great team of counsellors for 2016-2017! 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.

WE HELP WITH
Relationship Problems
Depression & Anxiety
Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
Body Image Issues
Addictions
Trauma
Grief & Loss
Eating Disorders
Other Issues

 

  Student Centre | Second Floor

  Monday - Thursday | 10AM - 5PM

  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

 

Claire Weiss

Claire Weiss, MA, CCC
Supervisor

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“Hi! I am a Clinical Counsellor specializing in helping people with anxiety and depression, and the addictions, behaviours, and relationships that often develop as a result. I have a private practice in Langley, but I spend most of my time at CBC as the Supervisor of Counselling Services. I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University and I am a certified member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I often give talks in the community on anxiety, relationships, and the psychological effects of trauma, and my experience as a counsellor has taken me to some amazing places, like Thailand, and Taiwan.

My counselling style is very relational and I use a number of evidence-based approaches, tailored to each person’s unique needs. In my sessions, I help my people discover the core issues which lead to emotional pain and difficult relationships. I also teach important skills to help them move forward and feel better emotionally, physically, and spiritually. My office in the Counselling Centre is a cozy, safe, and private space where students can come to relax, unload, and figure out what to do next.

I want students to know that I have also walked a difficult path in my life, and that I am no stranger to emotional pain. Along with these struggles I have also found healing and recovery, and my life is now devoted to sharing what I’ve learned with others. It’s such a privilege for me to walk this path alongside CBC students and they courageously seek a purposeful and authentic life

 

Riley Reimer, BA, MA Candidate
Counselling Intern

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I have a BA in communications, and I am in my final year of a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University.

I was drawn to be a counsellor because of my love for people, of authentic connection, real conversation, and hearing people's stories. I wanted to become a counsellor because I loved being a client. I grew so much from being accepted and journeyed alongside by a counsellor and wanted to do that for others. My special areas of interest are body image/eating disorders, Christian spirituality, sexuality, addictions.

I come from Oakville, Ontario. I was born and raised there but moved to BC in 2010 and have been here ever since. I have lived in Langley for 6 years now. I'm officially a BC girl! Also, I just got married to my husband, Eric, this past summer! My hobbies and passions include running/hiking, cooking, cookbooks, dogs, wine, camping, spending time with my close friends and husband, authentically connecting with people, and laughing :)

 

Leanne VanderMeer. 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 initially entered my degree with a desire to offer counselling services to missionaries, as a result of being a missionary kid (I lived in Pakistan for 9 years, Thailand for 4) myself. Since beginning, I have developed an interest in and appreciation for those who are dealing with challenging life transitions, the loss of loved ones, anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, trauma both in the distant and near past, and questions regarding spiritual matters.

I got married in August, so one of my more recent hobbies is learning what is involved in being a wife! Besides this, I enjoy being out in nature, spending quality time with close friends, making up silly songs with my husband while driving, and losing myself in the process of completing whatever task I put my hand to.

 

Daniel Cloake, BA, MC Candidate
Counselling Intern

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Hello, my name is Daniel Cloake, and I am incredibly excited to be serving in the CBC community as a Counselling Intern. I am currently in my third year of my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at ACTS Seminary. I graduated with a BA in Theatre and Art at Trinity Western University.

It was through the process of my theatre degree that I became aware of my deep love for people and their stories. It has been a long and challenging journey of growth to bring me to the field of counselling; the opportunity to serve and be a part of the CBC community is both incredibly humbling and honouring!

My personal interests lay in most physical and creative activities, from art to rock climbing, acting to carpentry. As much as I love to be outdoors and create with my hands, I find my deepest sense of joy and purpose in relationship and people.

 

Marietta Edward,  BA, MA Candidate
Counselling Intern

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I am a second year MA Candidate at Trinity Western University and I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology.

When I was young, through my own experience of counselling, I quickly became passionate about helping others in the same way. I was raised in Abbotsford and still reside there with my husband of 3 years. In my spare time I prefer to be outside hiking, running, kayaking, swimming, or playing with my camera. If it's a rainy day, I will either be outside still, or sitting inside with a big cup of tea.

My Special areas of interest include eating disorders, marriage/couples, divorce/separation, infertility/miscarriage, as well as issues in young adulthood and older adulthood.

 

Sarah Richter, BA, MC Candidate
 Counselling Intern

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I am currently in my final year of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program at ACTS Seminaries.

I’m pursuing my calling to be a counsellor because I consider it a humbling honor to journey with people through the pain and struggles of life. I feel very privileged to serve this year at Columbia Bible College, and to walk alongside CBC students at such an important time of their life. My specific areas of interest are depression, anxiety, and body image issues, and how these issues impact the lives of young adults.

I have been married for almost 14 years and have 3 children. In my spare time, some things I enjoy doing are reading, writing, and running!

 

 

 

Join our Team of Counselling Interns

 

Openings are available for graduate-level counselling internships for 2017-2018.

Learn more.

 

 

 

Counselling Groups & Events for Columbia Students

 

  Don't miss any counselling events! Join the Counselling Services Email List.

 

Women's Group

Women's Circle

More info to come!

  TBA

  Counselling Centre

  Email Claire to sign up

 

Guy's Group

Guys' Group

More info to come!. 

  TBA

  Counselling Centre

  Email Claire to sign up

 

Puppy Stress Relief

Puppy Stress Relief

No joke! There will be puppies!  Come cuddle one and you will instantly feel better.

   Dec. 7, 2016 & April 5, 2017

  1:00 - 4:00 PM

  Counselling Centre

  Reserve Your Puppy Time Slot!

 

Lunch & Learn Workshops

 

Mastering Boundaries

Self-Compassion

We all know that self-compassion is important, but how do you actually DO it?  In this seminar you will hear current research on how self-compassion can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, improve performance.  You will also learn a powerful self-compassion exercises that, when practiced, can change the way you feel about yourself.

   Wed, Oct 26

 12:00 - 1:00 PM

  Clearwood Room

 

 

Focus

Improving Focus & Concentration

As the stresses of college life add up, it becomes harder and harder to focus and concentrate. In this seminar, you will learn practical exercises for sharpening your attention and ability to focus, strengthening your brain in key specific regions that aid in concentration.

   Wed, Nov 16

 12:00 - 1:00 PM

  Clearwood Room

 

Mastering Boundaries

Mastering Boundaries in Relationships

Learn how to set and keep healthy boundaries in your relationships with friends, family, and significant others! In this valuable workshop you'll receive useful information and handouts, and learn from discussion and case examples.

   Wed, January 25

 12:00 - 1:00 PM

  Clearwood Room

 

 

Stress Relief

Grief & Letting Go

The things we hold on to, or try to control, are often the things in life we are most attached to.  We want to hold on to those things, people, places, and circumstances because we never wanted to lose them in the first place.  But holding on can often be a source of great emotional pain. Letting go means being willing to allow life to carry you to a new place, even a deeper more true rendition of self.  In this workshop, learn about the skill of letting go, and how to bring this practice into your own life.

   Wed, Feb 22

 12:00 - 1:00 PM

  Clearwood Room