A counsellor for everyone
May 2021 Update: We are experiencing an unprecedented volume of demand for services. Your patience as we work to better respond to the need is appreciated. If you require urgent help, please call the Fraser Health Crisis Line: 604-951-8855 or toll-free 1-877-820-7444 (available 24/7).
Sources Counselling Services is a fee-based counselling program located in White Rock.
The counselling services team offers a wide variety of backgrounds, training, and life experiences. Our intake coordinator will ask you a few questions and match you with a counsellor most appropriate for you. All of our counsellors are registered clinical counsellors with a master’s degree. Each of our counsellors are registered in professional regulatory bodies such as the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
We offer individual, couples, family and group counselling for:
- Separation or divorce
- Workplace issues
- Anger management
- Historical trauma
- Grief and Loss
- Stress and anxiety
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered issues
- Family concerns
- Play therapy for children
There are some service limitations.
Sessions can be arranged according to the availability of the counsellor.
Sources Counselling Services is a fee-for-service program, with subsidy provided through Sources Foundation and donations. Counselling can be covered through some extended medical plans or specialized funding programs (please inquire).
- Meet Our Counsellors
Jason Thadickal, M.Sc.Ed, MACP Marla Coulas Graham Grill Jason is interested in people’s stories and providing a safe space where they can tell their stories in a way that is meaningful and important to them. He is open to working with people from all walks of life and identities, and is interested in hearing about your individual experiences and perspectives.
One of the main goals of counselling is to activate your own ability for compassion, healing, motivation, and hope. There is no shame or blame in having a tough time or not being sure what you would like to happen in this chapter of your life. I hope to honour your experiences, religious and cultural values, and perspectives as we collaborate to work on what you bring to the therapeutic relationship.
Marla’s connections with young people are based on relationships of mutual respect and trust. She builds safe counselling spaces by meeting youth where they are at, listening without judgment, and empowering them as the experts of their own stories. She approaches each interaction with empathy, curiosity, and care. When we create places where young people feel safe to be vulnerable and know that even the tough moments will be met with compassion, they feel comfortable to share what will help lighten the emotional loads they may be carrying and be ready to access the tools that will help them manage the emotional complexities of their young lives. Marla’s approach is trauma-informed, person-centred and celebrates the diversity of the incredible youth she is grateful to work with. Marla believes that positive growth and change are possible when we nurture learning, connectedness, empowerment, and trust in our own capacities to care for ourselves. Graham is passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of personal, interpersonal, and/or relationship concerns. He cares about getting to know your experience and life story, along with your current circumstances and concerns. Graham collaborates with clients on developing solutions and/or skills that incorporate your own personal values and beliefs. He offers a range of counselling services tailored towards clients specific needs including stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, parent/child relationships, Tourette Disorder, along with individuals that have witnessed/experienced traumatic events. Using a client-centered approach as a foundation to therapy, Graham integrates stress and anxiety management, cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and mindfulness based activities to meet your needs. With a core belief that everyone has the potential and ability to make meaningful changes to their current circumstances, Graham looks forward to getting to know you and how he can assist you with what’s important to you. Leah Kostamo (she/her/hers) Connie Mathieson, M. Ed, RCC Gurneet Kang Leah’s greatest joy is traveling with others in the deep waters of their own transformation. Using interventions based on the latest developments in neuroscience psychology, Leah creates a safe and nurturing environment in which clients can resolve traumatic and sensitive issues.
Leah has specialized trainings in Lifespan Integration Therapy, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, OEI Therapy, and Somatic Internal Family Systems. These therapeutic approaches allow for the gentle resolution of sensitive and often long-standing issues.
She works with adults and youth (16+) wanting help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, life transitions, and/or the impacts of trauma and PTSD. Leah also considers it a privilege to journey alongside those in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Connie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. She is a person-centered therapist who believes deeply that the relationship formed in counselling plays a pivotal role in supporting growth and healing. Her ability to truly listen with empathy puts clients quickly at ease, while her unique insights offer new ways of reflecting on the challenges faced. Hi, my name is Gurneet and I am a counsellor with Sources with over five plus years of working youth and families, adults experiencing mental health challenges and addiction, as well as supporting adults with developmental disabilities. I am a recent graduate of the Masters of Arts and Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. For as long as I can remember, mental health and wellness has been a passion of mine. I hold my self to providing the highest quality of service to clients while practicing from a place of compassion and respect. I believe counselling is a courageous step into supporting growth and healing. Megan Pickell Akeiko Rawn Debi Shannon Megan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. With over a decade of therapeutic experience, she has a passion for supporting individuals, youth and families in addressing issues that are holding them back from experiencing the life they deserve. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, self-compassion, attachment parenting/conflict resolution and substance use. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect for growth, and she considers it a privilege to work alongside clients to help them achieve their goals. Megan works from a collaborative and strengths-based approach and, based on individual needs, utilizes concepts of mindfulness, CBT and DBT, among other interventions. Akeiko has been working with youth and families for twelve years supporting neuro-diverse youth. She works from Alexander den Heijer’s framework of “when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” With her, you can imagine future possibilities, create possible futures, and journey beyond surviving as well as develop new kinds of living in the direction of preferred identities. Akeiko is fluent in German. Debi pursued a second career in counselling after working outside the home and raising a family. Her work at the Fraser Crisis Line added to her desire to help people as they struggle with immediate and ongoing concerns. She works with adult clients (young, middle-aged and older) and couples as they face many diverse issues such as life and family transitions, relationship concerns (couples and adult family members), communication, anxiety, stress/life balance, depression, grief and loss, the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and family caregiver stress. She is an optimist who believes change is possible at any stage of life. Tracey Shephard Mark Thomas Heather Wintermeyer Tracey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) from UBC who combines compassion and practical tools to work with adult clients who are dealing with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use, problem gambling, and trauma as well as relationship issues which may be resolved through establishing clear boundaries and communication. Her goal is to work with clients to help them make changes in their lives that are consistent with their values that work best for them. Mark holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. With almost 20 years of experience, he has enjoyed working with individuals who are trying to improve their lives. Although his clinical focus is on anxiety and depression, he also has many years of experience working with individuals struggling with the following: ADHD, stress, substance use, boundary setting, and relationship issues. Heather has been the intake coordinator for counselling services and substance use services since 2012. She brings a vast knowledge of local resources and services within Sources and in the White Rock/South Surrey community. She has a degree in Psychology and has diverse work experience with many populations including mental health, substance users, acquired brain injury, children, youth and older adults. She understands that reaching out for help, whether for one’s self, or someone else, can be scary and challenging. She tries to provide a safe space to share a bit about one’s individual situation, listening to what one would like to do, and offer hope that things can improve. Heather will ask a series of questions to get a sense for the issue or concern and review what might be helpful. With a collaborative team approach, she will do her best to help find meaningful connections and services, and the best ‘fit’ for a counsellor. Lorraine Hall Yale Shap Kaitlyn Sandher Lorraine is Registered Social Worker with many years of experience working in hospital and community settings, most recently in mental health providing individual and group therapy. She has been a life-long learner and has training in many areas, including various trauma competency trainings, body based self-regulation, EMDR, CBT, solution focused therapy, and family systems, to name a few. Lorraine is client-centered and non-judgmental and uses resilience oriented, trauma informed engagement and a solution focused, strength-based approach with clear boundaries to provide the sense of safety and trust that is crucial healing. She works with people of all ages with relationship issues, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, life transitions, stress and self-esteem, etc. Yale holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has been involved in counselling elementary, secondary, post-secondary, adult, and elder individuals. He also helps with various special needs, hoping for a more positive and pro-active future including career and retirement planning. He uses a “toolbox” of various counselling techniques, such as solution-focused therapy, and works towards reducing anxiety, depression, and anger as well as helping deal with interpersonal relationships through mediation and conflict resolution. Kaitlyn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) who holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology (MCP) from City University of Seattle. She believes emotional and physical safety throughout sessions is the key component in fostering a trusting and therapeutic relationship. This ensures that the therapeutic journey is reparative rather than re-traumatizing. Kaitlyn takes a collaborative and strength-based approach using components of various techniques to empower and support clients to move through life’s challenges. She has walked alongside youth and adults struggling with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, stress and relationship problems as well as, those who are involved or impacted by sexual exploitation and gang involvement. Kaitlyn is trained in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Roshni Vijay Sebastian Ang Zoe Younger Roshni obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and membership with BCACC as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). She has experience in providing psycho-education sessions, individual and group therapy based on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Being a first-generation immigrant, she has successfully lived in two countries over the years and understands the influence of culture, navigation needed around bureaucracy, and the importance of building powerful personal and professional networks. Roshni is multi-lingual and can speak three Indian languages. Sebastian receives frequent requests from clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, life transition and career direction. Clients seek counselling for change in their lives and seeking help can be stressful. Sebastian understands this and offers a safe environment for clients to work on their issues while supporting in ways that are right for them. He works with clients to co-construct their preferred future. Sebastian knows that making changes can be stressful so he will help by carving out next steps forward in ways just right for them. Using a combination of solution-focused practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, his approach is strength-based and goal-oriented. Counselling for change starts with Sebastian asking purposeful questions that will prompt his clients to think and figure out workable solutions unique to each individual. Sebastian’s best hope is to help his clients achieve their goals in the shortest time period possible. Zoe’s approach is rooted in the Adlerian theory of Individual Psychology. She believes that all behaviour, feelings and beliefs make sense and one’s experiences in life, starting from childhood, create a web of interconnected thoughts, feelings and logic that guide our daily interpretations, actions, and decision-making processes. Subconscious patterns that likely served us well at some point, may not be serving us now. Zoe believes that with insight, courage, and support, everyone has the ability to understand, change and adapt their default reactions and behaviour patterns. It is her hope that therapy can help clients understand their own patterns of thoughts and underlying beliefs and assumptions. From there, individuals can evaluate their current situation and choose what they want to nurture and change, and how they want to move forward. Claire De Boer Huma Malik Marileia Freitas Claire is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with an MA in Counselling Psychology and a Professional Diploma in Counselling. She is passionate about working with women struggling with identity and self-esteem issues as well as individuals dealing with depression. Her approach is attachment-based and includes modalities such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR. Huma is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She enjoys working with people from all diverse backgrounds and honours their presence and voices by providing a safe, compassionate and authentic space to explore their struggles and experiences. She has worked with various concerns, including grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues. Huma uses a collaborative and holistic approach to support each person with greater sense of clarity and insight to assist them in navigating through their journey of personal life struggles. She can offer counselling services in Urdu. Marileia is a compassionate and caring individual who has been able to establish and maintain a trusting relationship with her clients. Among others, Marileia has provided counselling to individuals going through depression, trauma, and substance use. She has also been part of a team supporting an individual with Bipolar Disorder. Through her working experiences and empathetic approach, she has been able to identify how important it is for a person struggling with personal issues to have someone to talk to without being judged. Committed to her clients, she demonstrates that they are in a safe environment to be their true authentic self and empowers her clients to move forward. Marileia’s therapeutic approach is mainly based on cognitive theories, including CBT, DBT and ACT. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and is currently registered as a Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Arturo Ballesteros (he/him/él) Spencer McLean Meghan Wallace Arturo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master of Counselling degree. He believes in everyone’s power to create change in their lives. As a counsellor, he helps his clients explore the topics brought to, and that emerge in, the counselling room using tools from different approaches. This tailors the counselling experience to the clients’ needs and nature of their problems. One of his objectives is to help his clients understand how they operate in their lives so that they can wisely adjust how they relate to their problems and promote positive change. For Arturo, the therapeutic connection between client and therapist is very important. He stays away from judgements and works in the client’s best interest. His objective is to give the client a counselling experience in which their knowledge and value as a human being is honoured. Spencer is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. With a background in counselling and creative writing, Spencer cares deeply about understanding his clients and viewing them as valuable people with unique life stories who are more than their ailments. To this end, Spencer is honoured to work with individuals from all backgrounds and to engage with the ways in which attributes like age, culture, gender, disability, and spiritual practice have shaped our lives. Spencer has assembled a diverse toolkit of therapeutic treatments that are built upon evidence-based understandings of psychological concerns and how to treat them. In particular, Spencer is trained to work with individuals who are experiencing the effects of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and relational issues. More generally, he focuses on providing support to people who are facing personal, interpersonal, and occupational challenges and transitions. Spencer believes that, despite the challenges that our circumstances place in our path, everyone possesses the ability and the desire to be who they want to be. It’s a matter of cutting through those challenges to find our way forward. Spencer considers it his mission to provide people with a safe environment in which to learn the skills and the mindsets necessary to blaze a trail to that ideal self and realize their full potential. Meghan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and holds a Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. Meghan believes that counselling is a collaborative undertaking focused on empowering individuals to make the best choices for themselves to find their best wellbeing. She is passionate about creating a safe place to explore and create change. She always strives to provide a culturally sensitive space inclusive of all individuals and relationships. Meghan uses a strength-based approached that focuses on alleviating the weight of shame that we carry and highlight the strength that it took you to get to the place you are at today.