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Counselling

At Cowichan Lake Community Services,
we believe:
  • Everyone has strengths and resources to make necessary changes in their lives.

  • That sometimes we need a little help to tap into our strengths.

  • The counsellor's job is to help people open up possibilities for positive change.

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What is counselling ?

Counsellors help people to:
  • define the problem.

  • think about what’s important.

  • figure out what to do next.

  • express their feelings and needs.

  • tap into their own strengths and resources.

  • examine unhelpful habits, coping methods, self-defeating beliefs, values and attitudes.

  • gather all the relevant facts.

  • consider different points of view.

  • understand how their behaviour and emotional reactions affect those around them and vice-versa.

  • work out what they can do and how others can help.

  • begin to make decisions based on what they've learned.

We provide counselling services for a range of issues, including:
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Loss and Grief

  • Abuse

  • Trauma

  • Stress and Coping

  • Self Harm

  • Mental Health

  • Relationships

  • Effective Communication

  • Other Social/Emotional/Behavioural Challenges

  • Family Transitions (Separation and Divorce)

Call Office to Book Appointment

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Family Therapist

Amanda has worked as a counsellor for Cowichan Lake Community Services since 1994. Amanda holds a Masters degree in Counselling from the University of Victoria, a BA in psychology from McMaster University, as well as a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and also has certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Child and Youth Anxiety through the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia. Amanda is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling Association, as well as a Registered Clinical Counsellor through BCACC. Amanda was born in England, raised in Oakville, Ontario and is now a true converted west coast island girl who likes to migrate south in the winter. Along with trauma work, Amanda has extensive experience working with adults, children, groups and families using a variety of approaches. Amanda brings enthusiasm and a passion for healing to her work and uses a playful approach to learning.

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Child, Youth & Family Counsellor

Alwynne has always been drawn to supporting others. Her love for working with children, youth, and families began in Ontario working in a variety of roles in recreation and education. After moving to British Columbia in 2016, she completed a B.A in Child and Youth Care and an Addictions Certificate from Vancouver Island University. Alwynne has been working in mental health since 2017 and has a passion for assisting individuals to better understand themselves, identify their goals, and build skills. She takes a client led approach and appreciates opportunities for play and creative expression in her work. Alwynne enjoys spending her free time crafting, stargazing, paddle boarding, and hiking Vancouver Island’s hidden gems.

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Child, Youth & Family Counsellor

Terrance takes pride and joy in giving back to the community. He grew up in Lake Cowichan spending his teen years here before moving to Vancouver to complete his schooling. Terrance specializes in child and youth work as well as addictions counselling. Terrance has certificates in Non-violent Crisis Intervention, Suicide prevention, First Aid as well as Narcan training. Terrance is fluent in English and Spanish as he spent 10 years living in Mexico before he moved to Lake Cowichan.

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