Many of us have endured difficulty and struggle at some point throughout our lives that has impacted our abilities to connect with others, foster change within ourselves and attain our personal goals. Through the counselling relationship, I have been privileged to observe and experience the resiliency and strength of the human spirit as I journey with clients to a place of healing, growth and transformation.
Laura Bull, M.A, RCCRegistered Clinical Counsellor
Fort Langley location
I’ve been working in private practice since 2010 and in the thousands of stories I have sat with, one of the most resounding themes is the wisdom of the human spirit, the wisdom that calls our attention to the truth that: there must be more than this. There is more. Whether it be chronic stress, unbearable loneliness, relational conflict, the unresolved wounds of the past or mental health challenges…
Emotional wounds most often involve relationships with others, yet the impact of these wounds leave us with an immense sense of aloneness. The relationship between therapist and client is an emotionally healing and profoundly meaningful agent of change. Therefore, it is my greatest privilege to walk alongside my clients through their painful feelings in a connected and safe environment of support and growth. This is the foundation of my work.
Fort Langley and Vancouver location
On maternity leave until March 2021
I believe in the importance of a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship. I have been an elementary school teacher for over ten years and have taught, coached, and counselled children of all ages. As a teacher, I enjoyed creating opportunities for learning and growth that also supported the emotional and psychological growth of my students. My passion for helping children and youth in this capacity inspired…
I am motivated to understand and relate to people from all walks of life. I seek to support my clients in their journey of self-reflection and healing through fostering a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship while incorporating empathy, genuineness, reliability and unconditional positive regard. I have been working in the mental health field since 2014 and volunteered for many years with CHIMO Crisis Line where I had to…
My professional life began in education. With my Bachelor’s in Education, I worked in private schools in the Fraser Valley. I took a hiatus from work outside the home to welcome and care for our four children. As the kids moved into middle school, I returned to do graduate work. My interest in the field of counselling began after I battled complex postpartum depression after our fourth baby..
Prior to completing my Master’s Degree in Counselling, I worked in the mental health field for fifteen years supporting victims and survivors of crime or traumatic events. I was consistently humbled by the incredible resilience that I witnessed during these years. Eventually I began to recognize that the healing journey extended far beyond the scope of my interactions with individuals in crisis.
It is a privilege when someone shares their happiness and their troubles. In our North American culture where emphasis is placed on independence and self-efficacy, it can feel difficult to reach out for help when something in life feels too overwhelming to bear alone. I am humbled to have the opportunity in supporting those who find themselves here.
Lauren Gelfer, MA Candidate, RCC CandidateClinical Fellow
Fort Langley and Vancouver location
Hi! I’m Lauren, the Clinical Fellow at Shoreline Counselling! I have worked in the mental health field for ten years in various positions with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Three of these years I worked on an outreach team in the downtown east-side neighbourhood of Vancouver. It was this role, where I worked with some of the most marginalized and at-risk populations in the city, that inspired me to pursue a profession in which I could offer deeper support and connection.
Alexandra Torrie, M.Ed, CCC CandidateClinical Fellow
Vancouver and Fort Langley location
Hello! My name is Alexandra and I am a Clinical Fellow at Shoreline Counselling.
I have been passionate about mental health support for many years. Throughout my undergraduate degree in psychology, I volunteered as a peer supporter and also worked running mental wellness groups for fellow students. These experiences led me to seek a job as a Client Care Representative (CCR) at Morneau Shepell where I assisted people in accessing counselling services and managing crisis call situations. In all of these experiences I always felt honoured to hear about and witness the strength and resilience of others and be able…
Alberta born and raised, I hold my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lethbridge majoring in Kinesiology and re-located to Vancouver to complete my Master in Counselling Psychology at Adler University. I am so excited to fulfill my clinical practicum at Shoreline Counselling and feel privileged for the opportunity to expand my clinical experience and deepen my therapeutic knowledge.
A true blue Vancouverite born-and-bred in the mid 70s to a family of medical practitioners, I always knew I would be in the healing arts one way or another.
I have spent the last eighteen years working on understanding and providing wellbeing through the interconnected healing modalities in counselling, mindfulness, yoga and somatic therapies. My pursuit of the truth of holistic healing started in yoga and breath work, leading me to living and working in Asia, studying the effects of meditation and body awareness on the mind. Over time, I knew with unshakable clarity that therapy can heal the mind and body, simultaneously.