Ted Leavitt M.Sc., RCC
I lived in the West Kootenays, in a little village called Salmo, (we actually lived outside of Salmo in a ghost-town called
Erie) until I was 13, when my family moved to the city of Langley, BC. This was a shock for me, as Fort Langley Junior High School had more students in three grades than the entire village of Salmo had citizens.
This was also the time when my undiagnosed ADHD and depression began to wreak havoc on my school performance. There were some very dark years in my adolescence and although I didn’t know it at the time, my experience (both personally and otherwise) with various mental health issues was serving to prepare me for a career in the helping profession. Many times I have drawn on my own experiences in attempting to relate to my clients and to communicate a sense of compassion and even companionship in suffering.
Following another bout with depression in late adolescence, I attempted to create some structure in my life and served a mission to Vietnamese refugees in the United States.
It was the most difficult and trying time of my life but proved to be a more than adequate training ground for problems that I would face throughout the rest of my life. During my first semester of university, I was married to my wife Tina, and following an initial miscarriage, we welcomed into our family the aforementioned tribe of children.
Initially, my career plan was to pursue graduate education in clinical sport psychology but during the preparation process for that step, I happened to find employment at a local residential treatment centre for adult men battling addiction to alcohol and drugs. It was here that I began to recognize the need for compassion and understanding in order to help people apply these same principles towards themselves and the world they inhabit.
During my time in the field, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds, diverse ethnic identities, diverse socioeconomic situations, diverse mental health struggles, diverse spiritual leanings, and diverse sexual orientations. My wide variety of experiences has allowed me to have an individualist perspective, underscored by the importance of feeling loved and cared for, despite any differences in background or experiences.
My Master of Science degree in psychology focused on the neurophysiology of anger and anxiety and this has become my main focus on treatment, although using attachment theory as a foundation leads to visiting virtually every corner of the mental health spectrum.
Away from my field, I am also an avid songwriter, struggling artist, and have a diverse athletic background (although this is becoming more historic as time goes on).
So, that’s a little bit about me. I hope you experience me as a fairly open book and if you can relate to any of the information that you have read, please give me a call or send an email and we can begin the journey of self-understanding together.
Alex Gheorghe BSW, RSW, MSW
- Addictive Behaviour
- Impulse Control
- Emotion Regulation
My passion for social work and counselling emerged from personal experiences as a young adult. Working with a counsellor that I connected with and trusted was pivotal to my personal growth and ability to overcome challenges. I was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to B.C. with my parents when I was six years old. At this young age I quickly grew to love B.C. and its beautiful outdoors.
Pursuing a lifelong interest in human behaviour, I completed a Bachelor of Arts at SFU, majoring in sociology and psychology. Following graduation, I worked in various shelter programs and transition houses before deciding to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work at UVIC in 2014. I began my career as an Addictions Counsellor at an outpatient treatment centre, whilst also gaining experience working in an acute hospital setting as a Registered Social Worker. Wishing to further develop and advance my clinical knowledge and skills, I began my Masters of Social Work at UBC in 2018.
Since completing my Master’s I have been working as an Addictions Counsellor at an inpatient treatment centre and as a Registered Social Worker on an acute medicine unit in a large hospital in BC.
I use a holistic person-centred approach with all of my clients, utilizing interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, solution focused therapy, trauma informed practice, and psycho-education. I have experience using mindfulness practice, which can support many individuals in becoming centred and aware of their body and mind. I have also utilized genograms to support clients in understanding the psychosocial and relational factors impacting their situation.
I feel deeply honoured and privileged to witness and walk alongside my clients in their journey. In my spare time you can find me trail running, practicing yoga and spending time with my friends and family.
I offer services in both English and Romanian.
Tracey Banks RSW, MSW
I can share with you that even before my training as a social worker, I knew working with children, young people, and families of all designs, brought me joy. Whether this joy came from my early days as a camp counsellor, as a recreation support worker, or from my paid social work employment in supporting families, or working with young people struggling with substance use, or in supporting young people in their challenges with autism, my practice focus has always been in working alongside others to feel less alone, to feel heard, to feel seen. And after 25 years of having officially become a “social worker,” this joy has never left me.
But I think what matters most is that only you are the expert on you. And because you are the person or family that knows yourself best, only in meeting with me will you know whether I am a good fit for you. I can offer humour, warmth, compassion and care. In our relationship together, I will be curious about what you think you need and listen to your story with my full self. And I look forward to getting started together.
Steve Price MCP
What I offer:
Freedom from self-harming behaviours, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and addiction.
After seeing several therapists where I felt misunderstood and judged, I discovered a therapist that saw my truth and helped me find freedom from my self-imposed jail. Life is all about deep meaningful relationships and through developing a safe, authentic connection with you where you feel truly heard and understood, I will provide a healing space for self-exploration and discovery.
I bring a depth of personal and profession experience to my sessions that includes ranges from trauma recovery, anxiety and addiction to helping families heal from the loss of a loved one to overdose. After 17 years as an elementary and middle-school teacher, I am a creative problem solver who can empower you to find workable solutions to your problems and make lasting change. Another strength I have is recognizing and sitting with pain and despair and finding ways to move through them. My other work experience with autism and addiction have shown the importance of relationship and connection.
I practice through a trauma-informed lens using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help clients change their relationship with their internal experience, realize what is blocking them and move towards a life of meaning and purpose. I also use attachment-based therapy and compassionate inquiry to help you recover your true essence. I believe we all have gifts; my gift is helping you discover what is truly important to you in life and teaching you to authentically connect with self and others.
If you are reading this far, I believe you have already begun your journey of healing and recovery. I am excited for your opportunity for growth and to help you discover your resilience. When we face our darkness and accept our present experience, we can live a life of vitality. I will help you finds ways to live in the solution and take committed action towards wellness.
When I feel truly alive:
Being lost in the rhythm of long-distance running, being truly connected with my heart, body and breath in my yoga practice, sharing my vulnerability and laughter with close friends, finding ways to inspire and motivate children in my teaching or sitting with you and helping you navigate your way through pain and despair. When we find what we are meant to do it feels effortless, joyful and playful; this is what I bring to the counselling office. I look forward to working with you!
Sukhneet Bains MCP, RCC
I strive to view every individual through a holistic, client-centered, and strength-based lens. I believe in the power of humans and work to empower my clients towards healing. I employ a trauma-informed lens and a range of therapeutic modalities, with an emphasis on Emotion-Focused and attachment-based work. Seeing all individuals as unique, I am flexible and adaptable to the needs of my clients and have experience utilizing interventions from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to name a few.
I feel deeply honoured and fulfilled to be doing this work. Witnessing the evolution of clients who let me into their growth drives me to continue this journey and I am committed to helping you on your journey. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and get started on the path to your well-being and healing.
Issues I can help with:
- Attention Deficit concerns
- Emotion Regulation
- Interpersonal issues: family, friendships, relationships
- Intrapersonal issues: self-esteem, self-definition, life
Darcee Cooper BSW, MSW, RSW
I’ve been a practicing registered social worker for 20 years working in a variety of settings. I have extensive experience working with a multitude of life challenges including substance use, chronic & critical illness, functional loss, palliation, caregiver stress, anxiety, depression and grief & loss. My theoretical background is in structural family dynamics, cognitive behaviour therapy, trauma informed approaches to healing, brief-focussed therapy, emotional regulation and mindfulness techniques.
I am also open to any other questions you may have about me, my experience and if we are a good fit in working together. I look forward to connecting with you as you take these next steps for yourself.
Rhonda Comeau MSW, RSW
Counselling has been transformative for me because it helped me develop a core set of emotional life skills that have allowed me to better understand myself and others. This understanding has enhanced my relationships and ability to nurture resilience during tough times.
I value humility, which is a journey and likely rooted in my modest upbringing. My childhood and teen years were spent living with my family and extended family in small and rural communities.
I am a registered social worker with many years experience working with children, youth, families and communities. I am able to help you work through and manage:
- suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- impulse control problems
- family and relationship struggles
Jenny Sudermann, RSW
I have 5 children ages 13- 23 and a wonderful husband of 4 years. In my spare time I volunteer with Saint Johns’ Ambulance providing certified animal therapy with my 3-year-old Golden Retriever. I work full time for the federal government supporting victims of sexual violence.
I became a counselor and social worker because I had a tough life. My experiences throughout my life motivated me to want to help people. I was fortunate enough to have some wonderful supportive counselors throughout my healing journey which motivated me to start a career as a helping professional.
I have experienced the loss of a parent at a young age, I have recovered from PTSD, and I have experienced divorce and separation after a 20-year marriage. Although these experiences were painful, they are what has shaped me into who I am today. I am a strong believer that lived experience is important to have when supporting others who are struggling, because being able to relate creates deeper connection and understanding.
I have experience working with all age groups and most issues that arise for people who are seeking support. I can help you with anxiety, depression, trauma, couple’s conflict and communication, PTSD, emotion regulation, grief and loss and parenting support and any mental health diagnoses or issue that is causing you stress. My office is a safe place for LGTBQ populations and transgender people who need support through their transition.
As far as my qualifications go, I started my educational journey at the University of the Fraser Valley where I obtained my diploma in Human Services in 1996. After working with vulnerable children and youth for 16 years, I decided to further my education and get my Bachelor’s degree through UVIC (2012). I changed careers and worked for Corrections Canada for 8 years. In 2019, I decided to pursue my Masters of Social Work to pursue a career in private practice.
I am currently completing my training in EMDR and can provide EMDR sessions for people who want help with trauma and PTSD. I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Critical Incidence, and I have delivered many group training sessions for trauma, addiction, and couples communication skills.
I start each session by asking my clients the 3 S’s. Do you want my support, a solution, or just a safe space to vent or process while I listen? SUPPORT, SOLUTION, OR SPACE. It’s up to you! The journey is yours.
To begin this journey, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am in the final course of my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree. Much of my professional experience comprises work with children, young adults and their families. In addition, I have experience working with addiction issues, substance use issues and neurodivergent individuals. I am fluent in both English and Punjabi.
I am truly honored and grateful to be working in this field and to be a part of your journey. I look forward to meeting you!
Concerns I can help with:
- Cultivating self-understanding, self-compassion, self-esteem
- Navigating transitions, friendships, relationship, family
- Crisis management
- Substance Use
- Emotional Regulation