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.
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.
I am motivated to understand and relate to people from all walks of life. I welcome individual, couples, as well as family counselling as I seek to support all of 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..
As a fellow human being I am intimately acquainted with my own experiences of pain. As a therapist my heart is to accompany others so that they may not have to walk through their pain alone, as this often compounds the suffering that is endured.
Counselling can be a life changing process, one that some of us put off for many years. Whether counselling is something that has been on your mind for a while, or it is a crisis situation that brings you in, I look forward to meeting you and walking with you on your journey. At this time I am working exclusively online.
Kai Schindel, MA, RCC, CCCRegistered Clinical Counsellor
Fort Langley location
I’m passionate about walking alongside people in the midst of their challenges. I believe that it takes a lot of strength and courage to step foot into a counselling office. Due to that belief, I work hard at creating an environment where each person feels comfortable to be their unique selves. When individuals are given this opportunity I believe that everyone has the capacity to create change and live the life they have always wanted.
Henry Hwi, M.Ed, RCC, CCCRegistered Clinical Counsellor
Fort Langley and Vancouver location
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.
Alexandra Torrie, M.Ed, CCC, RCCCanadian Certified Counsellor
Vancouver and Fort Langley location
I have always enjoyed connecting with and learning from others. This has driven my passion for mental health support for many years. Prior to completing my degree, I frequently sought out work and volunteer positions that involved supporting others. During all of these experiences I was honoured to hear about and witness the strength and resilience of others and support someone in part of their life journey. This path eventually led me to do my Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.
My Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology undergraduate studies has immensely informed my approach to counselling. I often get asked, why the switch from physical to mental health? The truth is that I do not believe I ever really switched as much as I expanded. I consider the approach to both domains very similar and incredibly compatible. As a former exercise practitioner, I was deeply oriented to people’s experience first and and attuning to what allowed them to feel safe to move their body.
I have spent the last twenty 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.
I found that movement based therapy can work alongside Western medicine as I became qualified in providing yoga therapy specifically for cancer patients, where the focus was to help create a better quality of life and the alleviation of chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other challenges.
All of us have walls up in one way or another. Some of these walls are known to us: they come up as a result of trauma, or from hurt, or a broken heart. Other walls are invisible to us: they come up because we are rejected by our peers, or because we experience conditional love from our parents.
Many of my own personal walls were put up because I thought that I wouldn’t be loved by others if I showed them my true self. All of these walls exist because at some point, they were protecting us from something. But as we move through life, some walls begin limiting us, even as they continue to protect us. I see counselling as an opportunity to find these walls, and experiment safely with moving past them to see what is on the other side. Removing these barriers doesn’t change who we are; rather, it allows us to discover ourselves in a deeper and more meaningful way. My goal in counselling is to empower you to explore your limits and find greater freedom if you choose to expand them.
Hello! My name is Millie Batta (she/hers) and I am an intern at Shoreline Counselling. Going to counselling is much like taking a road trip. You are the driver and I am the passenger in the front seat. As the passenger, I provide directions and help you navigate life’s challenges, but ultimately you are behind the wheel and decide the road we take. It would be an honour to be able to support you on this journey to growth and healing.
If you are reading this, you have already taken a step forward in the process of healing. I await the opportunity to work together to fulfill your goals.
I am grateful to have lived in this region my entire life and have experienced some of the challenges our fast-paced, ever-changing culture creates. The cultural mandate to work more and rest less takes its toll on our communities, connections and capacity for self-care. As a result, I have a passion for supporting and walking alongside others who may feel alone or disconnected from the world around them. My first hand experience traversing the cultural challenges imposed by our society have taught me the importance of seeking support even amidst the pressure to conform.
Anet Benardete, MA, RCC is a registered clinical counsellor with an extensive background as a youth and adult psychotherapist. She is a member with good standing in the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Masters in Psychotherapy from the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association and has completed in Canada her post-graduate training in trauma-focused treatments including MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction), DBT (Dialectical behavioral therapy), expressive and somatic therapies.
I am currently in the final year of my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at Simon Fraser University. I have been working in the mental health field for over seven years, supporting a diverse range of clients in a variety of settings including non-profit community services, municipal programming, crisis response, and private service locations.
Human suffering, whether universal or individual, benefits from a unified approach to mending.
Unique in your own right, yet not alone, let’s explore together how you can reset and regain what seems lost and uncertain at this time.
My goal as a therapist is to empower personal growth and healing in clients. Through the development of a strong therapeutic relationship rooted in trust and acceptance, I provide a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to share their story. I believe that every person is the expert of their own life, and my role is to collaborate with and support clients along their journey. Coming to therapy, although difficult, is a brave step to take toward healing and I hope to walk with you on that journey.
Nikolina Rikert, M.EdClinical Fellow, RCC (in progress)
Fort Langley location
My own journey with mental health began when we found out my mom had cancer. Feeling lost and alone, I realized that regardless of the situation, many people go through life feeling similarly and yearn for the desire of connection and being seen by others. I am honored to be present and a part of this journey that we all go through as fellow humans.