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Mary Klovance

BA. BEd. MA. RCC.

I grew up in a “broken-home” with a single mother who battled with her mental health daily--sometimes she won and sometimes we both lost, but no matter what, I knew that she loved and accepted me for who I was and that gave me the strength I needed to be successful. As an adult I learned that my risk-taking behaviour, constant need for movement, low frustration tolerance and fast speech were all symptoms of undiagnosed ADHD (hyperactive type). These life experiences are what built the foundation for my dream of being able to help caregivers and their struggling teens.

 

I started off working with youth at risk as a Crisis Intervention and Withdrawal Management Counsellor for the Youth Detox and Youth Shelter. Then once I learned to hone my hyperactivity and graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Counselling Psychology I became a middle and high school counsellor.

 

In 2020 I started my private practice in order to empower caregivers and their teens with challenging behaviours, addiction issues and/or ADHD.

I believe that mental health should be looked at through a holistic lens, and my motto is "invest in the person, not the outcome". When families grow together, they experience lasting change. My counselling style is non-judgmental, but I also challenge my clients’ assumptions and perceptions. My goal is to help my clients see things in a new light, and guide them in discovering solutions that work best for their unique family members.

 

If you have any questions about how I can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Rhiannon Harding
BA. Psych and MA. Student
Practicum Student

My name is Rhiannon Harding and I am a practicum counsellor pursuing my Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria, with an anticipated graduation date of August 2022. I have previously obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2018 from the University of Victoria. My previous counselling experience includes independently counselling university students as well as co-facilitating a support group for queer university students. Additionally, I have sustained experience in working with children and adolescents in both mentorship and teaching assistant roles.

 

As a practicum student continually growing and developing my skills and passion for counselling, I am dedicated to providing my clients with a safe, compassionate, validating and non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and fulfillment. My goal is to continually support you and work collaboratively with you to address the various concerns and challenges that occur within your life. I am committed to helping guide you through a therapeutic process that is collaborative, supportive, and resonates with you.

 

My particular interests include working with youth in the areas of self-esteem development, anxiety, stress, depression, social and emotional wellness, relationship and interpersonal issues, school issues and behavioural challenges. Through the development of a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I am dedicated to helping young clients toward self-awareness, the development of meaningful coping strategies and communication skills, and the acceptance of oneself.

 

I utilize an integrative counselling approach that is rooted in person-centered, cognitive behavioural, strengths-based and solution-focused methods and techniques. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of working with an individual’s internal strengths, resiliency and resourcefulness as a means of instilling self-confidence and the ability to work through and overcome life’s challenges. Together, we can develop strategies that “fit,” are effective, and reinforce positive patterns that support you in moving towards wellness.

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Mikaela Chia
BSc Honours and MA. Student
Practicum Student

Welcome, I am so glad you have landed here. I am a practicum counsellor in the Master’s of Counselling Psychology program at the University of Victoria and graduated with my Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology.

 

I have worked with youth, young adults and families for most of my life in various teaching, mentorship, and outreach roles. Recently I worked as a Therapy Assistant and Behaviour Interventionist to support youth with anxiety and/or ASD and also worked as a program intern in India with mothers who struggle with mental health.

 

I enjoy working with youth 11+ and emerging adults in areas such as identity, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, social and emotional wellness, and life transitions. I am passionate about working with clients to promote a non-judgmental and caring space of compassion, empathy, and deeply relational understanding that meets one another exactly where we are at. 

 

My hope is to work to foster a collaborative and empowering space for us to find, honour, and express your voice, your strengths, and your truths in a way that you feel most heard and to support you as you navigate concerns and challenges that life may present. 

I use an integrative and culturally-responsive framework that draws primarily from person-centred, narrative, and solutions-focused therapies. Collectively, we can create and explore strategies from a place of curiosity that best support and honour your needs and wellness journey.