Counselling Services


Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  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. Please go to the CBC counselling services webpage and complete an online intake to get your first session set up.


Book Your First Session


  Student Centre | Second Floor
(COVID Protocols in place & virtual sessions are available)

 Monday 9 AM-9 PM 
3 PM-9 PM
10 AM-7 PM
9 AM-5 PM
9 AM-5 PM

  604.853.3567 x 326

  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


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.


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 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 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.



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

Anxiety Group hosted by Foundry Abbotsford

For students ages 18-30 who experience stress, worry, and/or mild anxiety.
You MUST register and attend an information night from 6 - 8:30 pm September 12 or 21, 2020.
Contact Trish by phone 604-557-6198 (call/text) or email: 


Mondays 6 - 8:30pm at Foundry Abbotsford



Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn 2020-2021

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: TBA



"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.


Disscussion Dates: TBD


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!