Trauma Counselling Program
- Support Our Program
April 10-16, 2022 marks the Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C.
Since 1995, one week in April has been dedicated to this cause to express commitment to prevent, reduce and raise awareness about violence against women in our communities.
Crisis calls to Sources Trauma Counselling Program have risen by 36% since last year. Donate now to ensure there is always space and resources for people who have experienced trauma, abuse and/or violence. Your gift will help these individuals to receive prompt, professional and compassionate counselling.
Sources trauma counselling offers a wide variety of counselling modalities (EMDR, DBT, CBT, OEI, Somatic Experiencing, etc.) . We have a team of counsellors who are registered clinical counsellors with a master’s degree in counselling and psychology. We serve men, women and youth living on their own. Counselling can be covered by extended benefits, CVAP, ICBC and other specialized funding programs.
We offer counselling (individual and group) for:
• Historical trauma
• Interpersonal violence
• Sexual assault
• LGBTQ2+ issues
• Anxiety and depression
Our experienced trauma counsellors provide individual and group counselling for those who identify as women including CIS, trans, two-spirit and non-binary who have experienced sexual assault, childhood trauma, and/or intimate partner abuse.
On our trauma counselling team, we are fortunate to have a group of therapists with a wide variety of skills, training, and personalities. We have, in common, that we all rely on the latest trauma research which clearly shows us that we don’t need to dig up the past in order to live a better life. Instead, we focus on how you’ve coped so far and provide strategies and resources to help you live more fully. We work collaboratively to instill new skills and resources that help our clients cope and develop new strategies for the future. Our past clients breathe more deeply and are pleased to find that they have more control over their lives. We want that for you, too! Are you ready for something new?
We strive to prevent and treat the negative impact of violence on women and children in our community. Women who have experienced violence have the opportunity to heal from their wounds in a safe, non-oppressive environment. Counselling combines the most up-to-date trauma treatment practices with the principles of intersectional theory and practices. We offer counselling in three distinct formats; short term crisis counselling, mid-term trauma counselling and group counselling. We also do community presentations and outreach if you or your organization wishes to learn more about trauma informed approaches.
If the counselling fee creates a financial hardship for you, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements. Payment can be made using Visa, Mastercard, cash or electronic fund transfer.
Short-Term Crisis Counselling
Women who have experienced a physical assault by an intimate partner or a sexual assault within the past six months are eligible for up to eight sessions of immediate crisis counselling. We emphasize your safety and emotional stability through solution-focused counselling and emotional support.
Impacted individuals may experience extended periods of depression, anxiety/panic, low self-esteem and relational difficulties related to traumatic stress. We provide mid-term one-to-one counselling for those who need more support to recover from the effects of traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.
We strongly encourage you to participate in our groups. Groups help to lessen feelings of shame and isolation. They also help build positive connections and relationships. Women report that the group experience is an especially self-empowering one. Check out our current and upcoming groups online! A nominal fee is required to participate.
This program receives funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
- Meet Our Counsellors
Alana Alexandra Rachna Alana McLeod an expressive arts and trauma therapist with a diploma in expressive arts therapy from The CREATE Institute in Toronto, Ontario and a Masters degree in expressive arts therapy, with a minor in psychology from The European Graduate School in Sass- Fee, Switzerland. She has also completed Level 1 and level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is committed to expanding her range of skills and has taken a variety of additional training in gender issues within the 2SLGBTQQIA communities, shame, human trafficking, trauma, addiction, grief & bereavement, suicide as well as the arts and Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to healing.
She is particularly interested in empowerment through different ways of storytelling, through body movement, visual art, writing, music and voice work. She is also concerned with the impacts our socioeconomic and environmental positions have including impacts of colonization and other oppressive forces.
Among her therapy qualifications Alana is coming from a long line of strong women living on the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario. She a textile artist, stilt-walker and devoted cat mom.
Alexandra Collins is a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the CCPA and is currently living in Langley. She has a master’s in counselling psychology from Trinity Western, a Specialized Honours Degree in Psychology from York University alongside a mediation certificate, and a diploma in social work from George Brown College. Alexandra has received training in several areas related to counselling including Observed Experiential Integration (O.E.I), Life Span Integration, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Existential Analysis, and Sandtray therapy. She has a special interest in further developing her skills in areas such as trauma, shame, self-esteem, attachment, child development and multiculturalism.
Alongside her therapeutic qualifications Alexandra has developed experiences in other areas such as journalism, market managing, logistic management, hospitality, customs, medical transfer, and motorcycle instruction.
Alexandra was born and raised near Toronto, Ontario and has recently started exploring the beauty B.C has to offer through hiking. You can locate Alexandra easily in the office by listening for laughter coming from a closed office door, or the bright colours often found in her hair.
Rachna Malhotra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is currently working on completing her M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology, from Adler University. As part of her thesis, she has been engaging with the brain injury community and has designed a qualitative research study. Her study explores the subjective experience of mindfulness meditation and its impact on healing and recovery from brain trauma.
Rachna works from a trauma informed perspective, while being anchored in humanistic approaches, including Person/Client Centered, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). She also enjoys developing an eclectic style, drawing from a variety of tools and techniques from Trauma Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Compassionate Mindfulness, etc. Her beliefs are guided by a principle of nurturing life long learning, self-reflection, and personal growth.
She possesses a strong belief that the healing journey begins with cultivating kindness and self-compassion, and generating space for one’s inner work. Fostering a strong therapeutic relationship is imperative to her work, which she finds is developed through co-creating a healing space of trust, empathy, and attunement on part of the counsellor. This therapeutic attunement is a moment-to-moment tracking of the client’s somatic, emotional, and energetic changes Furthermore, she emphasizes the importance in working with the client’s own inner resources and in nurturing self-reliance through client creation of their own personal “tool box;” of skills and techniques to help guide them in their healing process.
Charlotte Helen Margaret Charlotte is the Lead Trauma Counsellor and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BCAAC with a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary. Charlotte is also a veteran of the Canadian Forces and currently enjoys a full house that includes cats, dogs, and teenagers. She specializes in Trauma and all its by-products. Charlotte’s approach to therapy is tailored to the needs of the individual and may include trauma informed EMDR, DBT, CBT, polyvagal theory, and IFS. Her training also includes Level Two BCPFA Occupational Awareness training for first responders, trauma informed yoga training, and Core Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. Charlotte’s goal is to move client’s forward to a healthy and productive life and she endeavors to promote emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness. Helen Mooney is a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work, clinical specialization and a Bachelors degree in Social Work, both from the University of Calgary. She has experience working in mental health as well as a background working with adults and older adults including the RCMP and military population. She enjoys working with individuals with a range of issues and concerns. She places great value on the thereapic relationship, working collaboratively to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for healing and growth. Helen’s goal in counseling is to provide a space in which her clients feel accepted, valued and empowered to work through their presenting difficulty. Helen’s practice is guided by a trauma informed approach and she utilizes a variety of techniques including working with the nervous system as well as drawing on other therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Experience and numerous others. Margaret Plourde is a registered clinical counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. She works from client-centred, trauma-informed, and intersectional feminist perspectives while drawing on techniques from a variety of therapies, such as dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. She tailors her approach to each individual’s needs and provides a safe and welcoming space to explore the struggles they are facing and develop new coping skills. Her work goes beyond the counselling office by advocating in the community to reduce the barriers many face to living healthy meaningful lives. Margaret is committed to developing her skills and expanding her knowledge to meet the needs of the people she works with and recently completed the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training. Naina Foram Naina Menon has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC. She strives to create a safe space with those she interacts with. She believes the foundation for a healthy therapeutic relationship is trust, safety, and mutual respect. She believes that we are our biggest resource. She works toward providing new tools to help people adapt, recognize, and polish the tools that grow within.
She uses an Adlerian perspective, integrated with a Trauma-Informed lens. She uses a broad intersection of modalities to provide people with the support they need, such as client-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural techniques, dialectical behavioural approaches, and Mindfulness.
Life can be hard and overwhelming, her goal for counselling is to help you recognize and nurture the resilience you hold and help people develop healthy strategies to cope with their day-to-day burdens.
Foram is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She strives to create a safe place for her clients where they are deeply heard. This type of therapeutic relationship may help you feel a deeper self-connection.
Foram uses a client-centred approach with a trauma-informed lens while drawing techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT) and Gestalt therapy. She is primarily influenced by the belief that every human is whole, complete, powerful, and beautiful in every moment. At times, external or internal situations prevent people from being in touch with their highest self. She works with what is present to assist each person to focus on reconnecting to their highest and best self.
Hours of Operation
|Monday – Friday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Closed on holidays.