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Counselling Services

 

You matter. Your mental health matters.  At counselling services, we are ready to listen and help guide you in your goals towards better well-being. We offer safe, secure virtual counselling and in-person counselling-with Covid precautions. We have various counsellors available throughout the week to suit your schedule. Book a session today.

 

 

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  Student Centre | Second Floor

(COVID Protocols in place & virtual sessions are available)

Monday 9 AM-9 PM 
Tuesday
3 PM-9 PM
Wedensday
10 AM-7 PM
Thursday
9 AM-5 PM
Friday
9 AM-5 PM

  604.853.3567 x 326

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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.

 

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Meet the Counselling Team

 

Kristiina V

Kristiina Vuorensivu, MA, RCC
Supervisor

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I am passionate about helping people move towards healthy mental emotional and spiritual lives. I welcome work with most mental health concerns, suicidality, trauma, addictions and relationship conflicts to name a few.

I see the counselling space first and foremost as a safe place to share what you are experiencing with a trusted & confidential professional. I feel it valuable to explore the places of hurt and empower my clients to change their narratives to more self-compassionate stories. I foundationally take a client-centred and strength-based approach to my work and respect all people in their unique experiences. I utilize many areas of training as needed to best help you navigate your wellness. I am a Level One EMDR trained clinician to work with Trauma, and I utilize mindfulness-based CBT, Family Systems, Narrative and Emotion Focused tools as needed. I am passionate about destigmatizing mental health and supporting those who are suffering to find hope.

I have been blessed with Masters training in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I also really enjoy supervising the development of our clinical team and interns. I run a private practice in Surrey as well, and I teach and speak about wellness in various settings. I also work closely with my husband, in various ministry initiatives at our home church. We have three children, and enjoy laughing a lot together daily, playing board games and exploring the beautiful outdoors. When we can, we love to kayak and go hike locally.

I am humbled to be here at Columbia, and love being part of a community that keeps Christ at the centre as my faith is what I lean on.

"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

Chloe

Chloe Rice, MCS student
Intern

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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

Mahima

Mahima Jacob
MA Counselling Psychology, Canadian Certified Counsellor

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“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Is 40:31 (NIV).

I believe as Christian in a life that is driven towards fulfilling Gods purposes in and through one’s individual and this belief has been the fundamental for my calling as a counsellor. I am passionate about living a fulfilled life and helping others see that there is always hope. Over the years I have helped individuals work through past trauma, abuse, mental health challenges and relationship difficulties. More specifically some of the areas that I have experience with are adult survival of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger, motor vehicle related trauma and relationship difficulties.

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC#7622) from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Creating an emotionally safe, non-judgmental and empathetic environment in our sessions is of utmost importance for building a therapeutic relationship I follow a frames work that allows you as the individual to create a vision for healing and a direction for how you want to get there. I will be there to guide and lead but always in a way that leaves you feeling comfortable.

Janet

Janet Littlejohn
Intern Counsellor

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“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love…” -Eph 3:17-18

I am a student at Acts Seminaries in the MA Marriage and Family Therapy Program and am joining the CBC counselling services team as an Intern Counsellor this year. I also have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Recreation. I am honoured to serve the students here as one who comes alongside to walk the journey together.

I believe that God has called each student, with their own story, hopes, and dreams, to a life of purpose. I am passionate about walking with young adults as they navigate the challenges of this stage of life and lean into new growth. My hope is that each student will be equipped to journey toward wholeness in Christ while building healthy relationships along the way.

 

 

Shay

Shay Narain
Intern Counsellor

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Life Verses: Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 139, Micah 6:8, Hebrews 11 & 12

Hello! I’m honoured to be one of your Intern Counsellors this year. If you’ve seen me already or plan on seeing me, you will hear me say, “you know yourself better than anyone else in the world. I am simply here to hold space, ask the right questions, and support you through whatever needs to be worked on.” I take a Bio-Psycho-Socio-Spiritual approach to my counselling. Those are just fancy words to say, I believe we are holistic beings and everything that happens in our mind, body, spirit, and soul is relevant and impacts one another. I have a B.A. in Behavioural Science from Ambrose University in Calgary and currently in my final year of a Masters of Counselling Program through City University of Seattle (Vancouver Campus). My life has privileged me with travelling and living in multiple countries and navigating life in three distinct cultures. I also bring lived-experience in two world religions and am eternally grateful for having found Christ. All of the above have made me open and non-judgmental so no issue is too taboo to talk about with me.

 

Justin

Justin VanWinkoop
Intern Counsellor

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Life Verses: 1 Peter 4:10&11

I am honoured to have the opportunity to intern with the counselling center. I am currently a student at Trinity Western University planning to graduate with my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology this fall. I have had the opportunity to provide counselling across the Fraser Valley in different capacities, but I am especially grateful for the opportunity I have at Columbia Bible College to walk with you on your counselling journey as well as your spiritual journey. My desire to become a counsellor comes from my wanting to be a help and support to others. I feel God gave me skills and gifts to do so and it is my desire help with healing and growth. Life can be tough sometimes; God never promised us that things would be easy as we walk along our journey through life. If you are experiencing those moments of lowness, pain, anxiety or self-doubt, I want to be able to meet you where you are at. Together I hope that we can reach your goals of healing, strength, wellness and growth.

 

 



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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 talk@columbiabc.edu 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.