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Validity Counsellors

All of our counsellors have completed or are near completing a Master's degree in counselling or related field such as psychology, social work, or education.


We have a diverse group of counsellors with a variety of expertise, so you can choose the counsellor who is right for you.


Your counsellor will work with you to tailor a treatment plan unique to you, using evidence-based methods to help you learn, heal and grow. 

Specializes in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

*Limited availability.

Jenny is 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.


Jenny focuses on the way that emotions, thoughts, and behaviours interact together to form either effective or ineffective methods of coping. 


Professional Association Membership: Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) - Registration #17849.

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Jenny DeReis

Owner and MC Psych, RCC


Teresa DeReis

Co-Owner and

MC Psych (Candidate)

Specializes in working with children and teens. 

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


Teresa works with children and youth and has completed specialized training through the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) on play therapy, DBT skills for children and youth, anxiety in children and youth, and self-injury in youth. She has also taken specialized training on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) therapy.


Teresa uses a child-centered approach and play therapy with younger children. With older children and teens, she uses a person-centered approach and incorporates a variety of CBT, DBT, and/or art therapy techniques to suit each client's needs. 

Teresa provides a safe, supportive, and accepting counselling space where children and teens can build confidence, learn to understand and regulate their emotions, develop healthy thought and behaviour patterns, and heal from trauma.

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Therapy Dog 


Works with children and teens. 

Loki is a 2-year-old Border Collie who is currently working on completing Therapy Dog Training through Caring K9 Institute.  


Loki works with his mum, Validity Counsellor, Teresa DeReis (see bio above). Although Loki is just starting his therapy-dog training, he is a natural. He loves people and is a very sensitive, intuitive, and gentle boy.

Loki helps young clients feel safe and connected within the counselling space, develop trust, relieve stress, and build confidence.


Loki has limited availability and is only in the office when scheduled with clients. 


Sargun Sandhu

MA Psych

Specializes in working with children and teens.

Sargun has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Punjabi University in India and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology.

She has been working with youth since 2018, helping them manage complex needs across a variety of issues, including trauma, anger, grief, sexual assault, and family conflicts.

Sargun utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Improv-Based Therapy, and Self-Enrichment Skills Training.

Sargun's treatment focus is on helping people find themselves and find meaning in their lives. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. 


Barb Buch

MSc. Health Ed.

Specializes in holistic and resource/strength-based approaches.

Barb has a Master of Science degree in Health Education and has worked for several years in the areas of mental health, health promotion, psychoeducation, family support, addiction/recovery, and individual counselling.

Barb utilizes a solution-focused, neuroscience-based approach to address a variety of issues including anxiety, shame, depression, stress, relationships, addictions and recovery, body image, and physical challenges/illness.

Barb’s approach is holistic (body-mind-spirit), personalized, collaborative, and trauma-informed, drawing from a variety of modalities based on clients' wishes, needs, and abilities.  Her modalities include CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, eco-therapy, and somatic-based techniques


Barb provides a non-judgmental space to enable client awareness and re-connection of body, mind, and spirit. She believes we all carry inner wisdom and resources within us, which can be brought to awareness and activated through the counselling process.

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.

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Laurel Collins

MA in Indigenous Studies

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Jane Daigle

MEd. - Counselling


Specializes in anxiety, trauma, grief and loss.

* Not currently accepting new clients.

Jane has a BSc. Honors in Psychology and is currently completing a Master of Education in Counselling at UNBC. She is also currently receiving training in Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST).


Jane works with adults and youth, using a client-centered approach to find the best style of practice for each client. She draws upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) as the foundation of her work.


Jane provides empathy, unconditional positive acceptance, and warmth to build trust and rapport with clients, offering a calm, safe space to work through grief, childhood trauma, or other unresolved issues that impede one's ability to cope.


Ishnoor Ghuman

MA Psych, RCC

Specializes in youth anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Ishnoor has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from Punjabi University in India. 


He has been counselling children and youth since 2019, helping them manage complex needs across a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, and addictions. He also has experience working with children and youth on the Autism spectrum. 


He uses a variety of treatment strategies to foster positive change and healthy development. With children, he uses Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy, and with youth, he uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). 

Ishnoor helps clients find their strengths, build  confidence, and develop helpful and healthy thoughts and behaviours. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. 

Professional Association Membership: Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) - Registration #20006.

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Ida Alleman


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

*Limited availability.

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.


Ida 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 Association Membership: Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) - Registration #2869.

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Savita Jaswal


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

*Phone and video sessions only.

Savita earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UNBC. 

Savita specializes in grief and loss and has a special interest in supporting individuals and families experiencing serious illnesses. Her practice is built on a person-centred philosophy, while also drawing from methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment theory, harm reduction, solution-focused and trauma-informed practice. 


Savita 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.

Professional Association Membership: Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW) - Registration #15124

Specializes in working with children and teens.

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.


Sean finds that with the proper support, children can discover themselves and find their own unique path to a healthy childhood.

Professional Association Membership: Registered Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) - Registration #10006118.

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Sean Hogan

MA Psych, CCC


Sarah White

MEd - Counselling 

Specializes in grief and loss, illness, and addictions.

Sarah has a Master Degree in Counselling from UNBC. She is also a certified End of Life Doula and Grief Educator.

Sarah has worked in the social service field since 2005. She has experience in many different areas including domestic violence, critical illness, mental health, harm-reduction, cancer, and loss/grief.

Sarah has an integrative approach to counselling and works from a strength-based, person-centred perspective. She is trauma-informed and utilizes mindfulness, narrative, and a variety of other approaches based on the unique needs of each client.  

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

Office Staff

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Kirsten Muxlow

Co-Owner and

Office Manager

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.

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