Validity Counsellors

By validating and guiding our clients we help them achieve a foundation for a better life by successfully managing their thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Specializes in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Jenny is the founder and owner of Validity Counselling. Prior to creating Validity, Jenny worked for 12 years as a counsellor at Walmsley Counselling Services. 

Jenny received her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has completed comprehensive and advanced training in DBT. Jenny maintains a small caseload, focusing on individuals who have difficulty regulating their emotions, thoughts, behaviour, and relationships.

 

She focuses on the way that emotions, thoughts, and behaviours interact together to form either effective or ineffective methods of coping. Jenny is approved to work with RCMP members, veterans, and Indigenous persons through the First Nations Health Authority.

 

Professional Associations: Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) #17849

Jenny DeReis

Owner and MC Psych, RCC

Ida Alleman

MSc, RCC

Specializes in teen, family, Indigenous, and women’s issues

Ida is a dedicated and experienced counsellor who has worked with children, youth, couples, and families in Prince George since 1994. She is an Adlerian Therapist with vast experience working with individual and family issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, learning disabilities, medication management, and domestic violence. She excels in conflict resolution, group process, and child advocacy. She has worked extensively with Indigenous persons on and off reserve and is approved to see Indigenous persons through First Nations Health Authority.

 

Professional Associations: BCACC BC Association of Clinical Counsellors Registration # 2869, Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee, Diocese of Prince George, BC.

Specializes in youth and children

Sean has been counselling children and youth for over a decade. He obtained his Psychology Degree from UNBC and his Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Sean has extensive training and experience in working with Autism and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He uses play therapy, Rogerian counselling, and developmental psychology to help children find their way through the challenges of growing up. He finds that with the proper support, children can discover themselves and find their own unique path to a healthy childhood.

Sean Hogan

MA Psych CCC

Special interest in body image and eating disorders

Olivia is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Thompson Rivers University in 2017. She is currently completing her Master’s in Education Counselling at the University of Northern British Columbia.

 

Olivia has several years of experience working with mental health, trauma, and addictions. Olivia has a special interest and training in eating disorders and body image. She is passionate about helping her clients find peace with body, mind, and food. Olivia works from a client-centred, holistic framework.

 

She is trauma-informed, strength-based, and utilizes approaches from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy. Olivia tailors her approach to meet the individual needs of each client. Olivia’s warm and caring spirit along with her skills create a safe therapeutic environment for her clients. 

Olivia McEwen

RSW, MEd. (Candidate)

Savita Jaswal

MSW

Special interest in a holistic approach to health problems and grief/loss

Savita earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UNBC. She has worked within the social service field since 2008, including work with The Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in Burnaby (as a Youth Care Worker), Northern Health (as a Mental Health and Addictions Clinician and a Family Mediator), the BC Cancer Agency (as a Patient and Family Counsellor), and Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services (as a psychiatric social worker).

 

 

Currently, Savita specializes in grief and loss, and she has a special interest in supporting individuals and families experiencing serious illnesses.

 

While her practice is built on a person-centred philosophy, she draws from various counselling methods, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment theory, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, solution-focused and trauma-informed practice. 

 

She believes individuals have the strength and abilities to live happy and healthy life. Her role is to provide a safe, empathetic, and authentic space to support individuals in achieving their goals.

Specializes in trauma and culturally-informed practices

Laurel has a Master’s in Indigenous Studies and has worked in the social services field for over 20 years. Her work is strength-based, person-centred, and holistic. She has worked with children, youth, families and communities, working from a trauma and intercultural informed practice.

 

She has worked with youth and adults who have been sexually exploited and who have experienced gang violence. She is skilled at working through the many layers of psychological, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuses.

 

Laurel believes building trust and holding safe space for individuals is paramount to healing. She focuses on expressional therapies such as play, art, crafts, writing, movement, and mindfulness practices.

Laurel Collins

MA in Indigenous Studies

Leslie Budac

MEd. CCC

Trained in EMDR and OEC

Leslie has a Master's of Education (specializing in Counselling) from UNBC. She works with adults and youth in a compassionate and empathetic way to assist them in situations of trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression.

 

Leslie has an integrative counselling style and customizes her therapy sessions to individuals with methods from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Observed Experiential Integrative therapy (OEI) Solution Focused Therapy, and/or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

 

Professional Association: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Trained in trauma-focused CBT

Parul has a Master’s in Psychology from India and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from UBC. She is trained in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy(EFFT).

 

She draws from a variety of counselling methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. Parul has experience counselling children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of concerns. 

 

Her counselling approach is collaborative, warm, open, direct, and encouraging.

Parul Kathuria

MSW

Sara Lubbers

MA Psych (Candidate)

Specializes in youth and children

Sara has a Bachelor of Education from UNBC and is currently completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

 

For the past five years, Sara has worked as a teacher with School District 57, focusing her interest on helping children and youth regulate emotions and achieve success in the school setting.

 

Sara utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as her natural warmth and rapport, to help children and youth achieve academic and social success. 

 

As a counsellor, her approach is client-focused, collaborative, warm, and holistic. She emphasizes providing a positive and safe experience for children and youth throughout the therapeutic process. To avoid conflicts of interest, Sara does not see employees from School District 57.

Specializes in youth, children, and families

Maria will receive her Master's of Clinical Social Work degree from UNBC in the fall of 2021. She has many years of experience working with children, youths, and families at Axis Family Resources and as a Stride therapeutic worker and youth advocate. She has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and demographics. Maria practices from a cultural safety and trauma-informed lens.

 

She approaches therapy from an anti-oppressive and anti-violence framework and incorporates a critical lens to the systems of power and oppression. She works from a client-centred, harm reduction, and strength-based framework. 

 

She draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy in her work with clients. She has a commitment to empathy, creating therapeutic space, and forming egalitarian relationships.

Maria Mkango

MSW (Candidate)

Call and we will listen to your needs and match you to the right counsellor.

Office Admin Staff

Teresa DeReis

Office Manager and BSc. Psyc.

Teresa has a BSc. in Psychology from UNBC and is currently pursuing a Master of Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

 

Her areas of interest are CBT, DBT, and working with children and youth. Teresa is excited to join the team at Validity, where she can utilize her experience in office administration while learning more about the practice of counselling.

 

When she is not working or studying, Teresa can be found spending time outdoors with her family and friends, her partner Steph, and her dog Luna (Border Collie-cross and future therapy dog extraordinaire).

When you call our office, the friendly voice on the other end of the line is Kirsten. She can answer any questions you may have, help you find the right counsellor for your needs, and get you booked quickly and confidentially.

 

Kirsten has a caring and non-judgmental personality and a passion for helping others. She has several years of experience working with troubled youth, people with disabilities, and those dealing with trauma and other mental health issues.

 

Kirsten brings her compassionate nature to everything she does, and she excels at helping others in her role at Validity.

Kirsten Muxlow

Office Assistant