About

Kathryn Atkinson

I have been working in the field since 2010 providing clinical counselling to those impacted by mental health concerns.  I work with children, youth, individual adults, couples, families, and groups in my practice with an emphasis on providing services to those with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy methods. I have specialized training to work with Autistic individuals and their families as well as other diverse abilities. My background is also in working with individuals with anxiety, phobias, tics, low mood, trauma, hoarding, impulse disorders, addictions, and life transitions. I also work as an instructor at the post-secondary level.  In addition to individual services, I provide professional consultation and clinical supervision to other registered counsellors. I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).  I offer group therapy and workshops on many topics related to mental health.  

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Counselling Psychology

I have memberships with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, The International OCD Foundation, and The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused
Repetitive Behaviours. Kathryn Atkinson specializes in working with individuals of all ages with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours. Kathryn offers virtual groups and workshops on a continual basis to meet the high demand for services. Kathryn also provides clinical supervision to professionals in her private practice. 

Areas of Specialty:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Phobias
  • Depression and depressive disorders
  • Trichotillomania: picking and pulling disorders
  • Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Couples Counselling/Relationship Issues
  • Support for major life transitions, such as support to post-secondary students
  • Stress Management
  • Support for caregivers of and individuals with diverse abilities
  • Spiritual Support
  • Family Counselling

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression, and Obsessive-
    Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics and Tourette’s (CBIT);
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Informed Approaches
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Interpersonal Therapy for Depression
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy

Age ranges served: All
Email: kathryn@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Stephanie McCune

Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am grateful to have been working in the field of health and human services for over 22 years. I am humbled to provide clinical counselling services to children, youth, adults and families. In all of my interactions I strive to meet people where they are at while centring safety, collaboration, trauma informed practice, cultural humility and compassion. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Masters in Counselling Psychology and a PhD with a specialization in the field of substance use and addiction. I am a professor at a post-secondary university and teach in the areas of substance use, mental health, and counselling.

Within my counselling practice I offer support in the areas of mental health (including anxiety, depression), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD), life transitions, parenting, and change. I specialize in substance use and supporting people in relationship with alcohol and other drugs. Substance use is often accompanied by stigma, shame, and guilt, contributing to isolation and secrecy. The lens I bring to our work seeks to disrupt stigma, by illuminating strength, meaning, adaptation, resilience, and hopefulness.

My deep passion involves supporting family members and carers affected by substance use who may be seeking services in their own right or safe space to share their experience as they navigate the rollercoaster of caregiving. Importantly, I am available to assist individuals and families enduring increasing stressors, transitions and changes spurred by the COVID 19 pandemic and escalating toxic drug poisoning crisis (overdose crisis).

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Strength-Based Therapy

Age ranges served: 8+
Email: stephanie@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Carolyn Broadhurst

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the BCACC.  I have completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology and supervised clinical training at the University of British Columbia in 2014.  I work with individual clients on a variety of presenting concerns with a trauma-sensitive and attachment-focused lens.  I offer a warm (but not too gooey!) presence while creating a clear, co-constructed treatment plan that feels safe and supportive.  My approach to treating trauma and related mental health concerns is grounded in the development of a strong therapeutic relationship.  My work is informed by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and some elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).


Age ranges served: 10+
Email: carolyn@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Bree Stutt

Thank you for taking the first step toward creating a brighter future for yourself! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive-coumpulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRB) or other mental health concerns? I am here to help. Together we will walk a journey towards wellness by unpacking your negative thinking patterns or unhelpful behaviours and work to create healthy thoughts and behaviours that will lead towards a healthier you!

My primary approach is through a cognitive behavioural therapy perspective. Through this lens we examine the power of our thoughts and behaviours on our mental health. I have experience working with OCD and BFRB as well as anxiety and depression. I work with children, youth and adults. I am able to direct bill to the Autism Funding Unit and have experience working with autistic children and adults.

Are you ready to take the next step towards wellness? I’d love to connect to see if this is the best fit for you.

Age ranges served: All
Email: bree@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Trishia Unrau

I have been working as a counsellor since 2016. I have a Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy and a Master of Science in General Psychology. I specialize in EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy. I am also trained in Sensorymotor Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for PTSD, trauma (including developmental trauma), anxiety (including phobias, panic attacks and performance anxiety) as well as depression. EMDR does not require talking about the distressing memory in detail. EMDR helps clear away limiting beliefs by processing distressing memories. EMDR tends to be a quicker treatment than other methods of therapy.

Expressive Arts Therapy uses all the art forms including visual art, movement, music, theatre and writing. It is a gentle approach where internal resources are highlighted. It is a way to express, contain and problem solve difficult events and emotions. No art experience necessary.

I believe that clients are the experts in their own lives. We will use therapeutic approaches that best suit your preferences and goals for therapy. Multiple methods can be used throughout the therapeutic process. Working together, we can untangle the difficult things, allowing you to to re-connect to your authentic self.

I am able to direct bill to ICBC for counselling services as well as the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).

Age ranges served: 18+
Email: trishia@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Brittany Hesketh

I have over 15 years of experience working with adults, children, teens, and families. These individuals have faced challenges from physical and cognition disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or encountering symptoms deriving from intergenerational trauma, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, addictive processes, grief and loss, and low self-esteem/worth. A client-centred approach informs my practice because at the heart of my work I believe each client is unique and valuable. Therefore, the therapeutic road map will be tailored to respect the client’s individual needs.

I am passionate about providing creative and safe mental health supports that are encompassed within an honest, respectful, and attuned presence for my clients. Clients find my nurturing approach alongside them to be supportive, while they create meaningful change by connecting to themselves and others. I understand that human beings are complex with many layers that influence their beliefs, values and behavioural patterns – for example, family systems, culture and society all contribute to shaping our views of self and others. My job is to be curious with clients, help them gain insights into their problems by understanding what contributes to them, and then learn how to take the necessary steps to make meaningful shifts toward positive changes. Whether you are seeking counselling to work through past experiences or dealing with current circumstances, I can support you in helping you reach your goals.

I have specialized training and supervision to support individuals with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am able to direct bill to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and also the Autism Funding Unit for services.

Congratulations on taking the first step towards your healing process. I understand the courage it takes to reach out to someone and open up about the challenges you are facing, and I would be honoured to be a part of your journey. I will go at whatever pace is most comfortable for you, while coming from a non-judgmental place of support and collaboration.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care from Malaspina University College.
  • Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.
  • I am a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Accelerate Resolution Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Somatic Sensation
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Polyvagal Theory

Age ranges served: All
Email: brittany@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Ashleigh Martinflatt

One of the first steps in your journey of wellness is connecting with a counsellor who is the right fit for you.  It is important that you and your counsellor have a relational connection and I strive for that to be the foundation of my work.  I have been providing counselling and Social Work support for over 20 years to children, youth, adults and families and I am committed to providing a safe space to explore past hurts, co-create plans of change and engage in a therapeutic process that is specific to your needs, wants and strengths.  And even though we are doing some heavy work together, I believe humour is an important part of our time together, so kleenex and laughs are part of the process.

I am originally from Ontario, (don’t hold that against me) but the West Coast specifically on the traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people’s land has been my home for many years. I would describe myself as passionate, and energetic with a healthy dose of optimism. I enjoy running, spending time with family and friends and being active in social justice movements.  I am a partner and mother, and my family was created through adoption. I am also a professor at a post-secondary university teaching in the area of trauma.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria
  • Master of Social Work, with a specialization in children and families from The University of Toronto

I am a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and I am a Registered Social Worker with BCCSW and BCASW.  I am currently an approved counsellor with The First Nations Health Authority.

Areas of Specialty:

Children/Youth: Kids and youth are awesome! I love working with them and walking alongside them in their growing and sometimes their healing journey.  I utilize play, art, and activities in my sessions with kids and youth.  Our office is filled with” fun stuff” and I create sessions geared toward the child/youth’s interest.  Areas of focus are anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma experiences, abuse and neglect, school-related issues, challenging behaviours, identity, grief and loss, foster care experiences and adoption-related topics.

Parenting: Have kids they said, it would be fun they said….. Parenting can be very rewarding AND it can also be super hard. Sometimes having an outside perspective and a plan for moving forward can help you in your parenting journey.  The goal of my parenting counselling support is for you to gain tools and strategies that help you feel empowered within your role as a parent and focus on relationship building and attachment to strengthen your bond and connection.  I have experience in working with all family types, single parents, blended, foster, and adoption, grandparents raising grandchildren and LGTBQ+ 2 spirited parents.

Adoption/Permanency Planning Counselling

Building your family through adoption/permanency is unique and exciting, it also means navigating situations and experiences that biological families may not.   I have worked in the permanency planning field for 20 years supporting children youth and families as they grieve attach, bond and connect. I am also a mother through adoption and this experience has provided an in-depth understanding of the process and the highs and lows of family formation through adoption/permanency. I work from a trauma-informed lens using a child-centred, solution-focused approach. This service can also include consultations for:

  • Proposal Package Consultation
  • Transition Plan Consultation
  • Openness Plans & Mediation
  • Cultural Plans

Individuals: Over the years I have worked with so many amazing and resilient people.  People who have experienced grief and loss, trauma and violence, inter-generational trauma and many other inner wounds inflicted by others or a system.   Safety is key when working through past traumas and it is foundational to our time together.  Although trauma is heavy, I utilize a strength-based approach that focuses on trust, collaboration, empowerment and choice.  I have seen healing in action, it is possible, and it can happen.  

I am able to direct bill to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and also the Autism Funding Unit for services.

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Attachment-Based Therapy
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Activity and play-based modalities
  • Strength-based or Asset-based model
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)

Age ranges served: All
Email: ashleigh@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Joel Martinflatt

I am humbled to have been working in the helping field since 2003.  During this time, I have walked alongside many people as they navigate life, deal with hardships, and persevere.  I see my role in supporting you as holding space for your hurt and distress while also assisting you in finding the change you hope to see within yourself and the relationships around you.  I strive to create a partnership of trust and support and to shine a light on your strength and capacity.  Typically, people come to see me because life is hard, but counselling does not need to be.  I infuse our time together with hope, and laughter.  A little bit about me is that I am a partner, father, weekend athlete and outdoor enthusiast who is grateful to reside on the traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people. 


Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care with a specialization in Child Protection- The University of Victoria
  • Masters in Social Work- York University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma-Justice Institute of British Columbia

I am a registered Social Worker with the BCCSW and BCASW.   I am an approved counsellor with the First Nation Health Authority, Autism Funding Unit, Jordans Principle and Crime Victims Assistance Program.

Areas of Specialty:

Children/Youth: When working with children and youth they can require a slightly different approach than sit-down talk counselling. I incorporate play, activity, art and nature into my sessions as movement and activities assist children/youth in working through emotions and the “the tough stuff”. Kids are not mini-adults, their brains are still under construction and counselling needs to be geared towards their stage of development.  I also engage young people by incorporating their interests into the sessions, so we have fun while working!  I have experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety depression, acting out behaviours, grief and loss, self-esteem, school issues, foster care and adoption experiences and other experiences of trauma.

Men: Depression, burnout, stress, anger, low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, grief, guilt, depression, and suicidal thoughts are a range of emotions that many men feel.  By working together on identifying your feelings and strengthening communication skills we can help you work towards being a more confident person, dad, and or partner.  It can sometimes be hard for men to reach out…. I get that.  I can provide a safe, honest, and real environment where we can tackle the hard stuff.

Couples & Relationship Issues: Relationships can be hard work.  However, establishing healthy communication to better understand your patterns, what past wounds you bring and how to move forward in a positive direction is the goal of our time together.  My sessions are a safe place for LGBTQ+ 2 spirit folks as well as a diverse range of relationship types.

For those couples who are navigating separation and divorce, I can assist with creating parenting and communication plans and navigating through this next stage in your journey in a calm and purposeful way.

Individuals: When working with you I want you to know that I see your strength and resilience.  I have a holistic approach which means I see the whole person and we can work together to create a plan based on dignity, compassion and respect.  Areas that I can assist you in are depression, anxiety, loss, childhood trauma, relating to others or the stress of life.  I also have training in supporting individuals with body-focused repetitive behaviours.

I am able to direct bill to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and also the Autism Funding Unit for services.

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Activity and play-based modalities
  • Strength-based or Asset-based model
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Person-Centered
  • Complex Trauma Interventions
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Mediation approaches

Age ranges served: All
Email: joel@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Hannah Christianson

I am a Child and Youth Care Counsellor at Island Clinical Counselling, and have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care from Vancouver Island University. In the past 3 years, I have had the pleasure to work as a Behaviour Interventionist with neurodiverse children and their families and as a Child and Youth Care Worker for children who experience a wide range of social and emotional concerns, mental health concerns, and trauma.  I provide one-to-one and group support for children and youth.  I have specialized experience with emotional regulation, social skills development, reducing anxiety, improving mood, and problem solving.  CYC Counselling can be useful for improving skills in mindfulness, emotion identification, and coping. I offer a safe space for children and youth to work through big feelings, life changes, and other stressors.  I am able to use autism funding for my services. 

I offer social groups for children that range from ages 3 to 13. These are offered throughout the year.

Hannah is a student in the process of obtaining her degree in Clinical Counselling

Age ranges served: 0-24
Email: hannah@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Interns

Island Clinical Counselling Interns:
We have the privilege of providing Master’s level interns a space to complete their educational requirements at Island Clinical Counselling.  Interns offer lower rate services to individuals and families.  Interns at Island Clinical Counselling are closely supervised by Kathryn Atkinson and Joel Martinflatt.

Emily Lacasse

I am a student intern who comes to Island Clinical Counselling with a social work background.  I practice Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with a mindfulness lens under the supervision of Kathryn Atkinson.  I work with those ages 11 and up in individual, couples, and family sessions.

Email: emily@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Lisa Marie Passarelli

I am a student intern working under the close supervision of Kathryn Atkinson.  I am passionate about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  I am skilled in working with anxiety, phobia, BFRBs, and OCD.  I work with clients ages 11 and up in the clinic.

Email: lisa@islandclinicalcounselling.ca

Jason Yu

I am a student intern who works at Island Clinical Counselling as a Virtual counsellor. I have a focus on Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs) such as hair-pulling, skin-picking, and nail-biting.  My approach emphasizes empowering neurodivergence and developing practical management tools. I have found my way into counselling after leaving a career in civil engineering and overcoming a decade of shame and anxiety with my own compulsive skin-picking.  I offer individual and group therapy experiences.  I also collaborate with clinic director Kathryn Atkinson, to offer a regular four-week BFRB workshop and support groups.  I am the host of Fidget, a BFRB podcast.

Email: jason@islandclinicalcounselling.ca