Meet our Team

Our team of hand-picked counsellors have been chosen for their skill, compassion, integrity and dedication to providing the highest level of care and tools to support their client’s mental health.

Dr. Sam Berg

DIRECTOR OF COUNSELLING D.MIN., RMFT

Sam is our Director of Counselling Services and specializes in marriage and family counselling, depression, grief and working with adolescents. Sam has been with The Caring Place for over 25 years.

Sam is not currently taking new clients.

Sam works in depth with our counselling interns, supporting them as they progress in their professional journeys as therapists.

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Danyelle
Renaud

Executive director
Counsellor
B.A., M.A., RP (Qualifying)

Danyelle specializes in personality and mood disorders, complex trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, personal identity concerns, and in church hurt/spiritual abuse. 

Danyelle uses elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavioural Analysis, and Narrative Therapy to best support her clients holistically and individually. She believes everyone has a purpose and place to belong in the community.

Ramona P. Wijesinghe

Counsellor
B.A., B.S.W., RSW

Ramona is a registered social worker with 18 years of experience in counselling. Ramona is passionate about helping individuals and families. Ramona’s approach is client focused, culturally inclusive, non-judgemental, compassionate and understanding, and she will provide a safe place for you to explore your healing journey. Ramona brings a kind and warm personality to share and welcome you. 

Ramona specializes in:
• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
• Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2
• CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) 
• ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention)
• Crisis Response Training
• Fundamentals of Addiction
• Theraplay Level 1
• Anxiety/Depression
• Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse
• Cultural Awareness
• Relationship Issues
• Grief
• Stress
• Newcomers to Canada
• Trauma
Ramona is approved by NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits)

Jennifer Kerr

Counsellor
MAMFT, RMFT

Jennifer specializes in supporting clients who struggle with anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, grief, life direction and change, relationship challenges, and navigating emotions. Her training as a marriage and family therapist helps her work with individuals age 8 and up, couples and families, and she is especially passionate about helping adolescents and young adults develop confidence and trust in their own strengths and values. Jennifer also utilizes Somatic Experiencing therapeutic strategies, which help clients connect with their body and work with their nervous system.

Heather VanStarkenburg

Counsellor
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Many men and women have experienced trauma from a variety of experiences. These experiences can be very painful. You may feel unsure about how to process what you have been through. Heather serves adults including those who are survivors of abuse, complex PTSD, mental illness and addiction using EMDR and an IFS informed approach. She is registered with Victims Services and approved with NIHB. Heather supports adults to understand how painful experiences impact your mental, emotional, physical, behavioural, and spiritual well-being. Heather supports clients to not only recover, but to thrive in their work together, and is open to spirituality from the client’s perspective. 

Tanya Pivovar

Counsellor
B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.

Tanya has extensive experience working with youth in the criminal justice system and has worked in interdisciplinary processes of  education, health, and child and family services to develop holistic case plans individuals and families. Tanya has taught social work and criminal justice at the undergraduate level and has extensive experience working with legislation, policy, and diverse cultures. 

Tanya undertakes a client centred, participatory and collaborative approach to explore what process best fits each individual.
She enjoys working with and for clients who reach out to tell their stories; and there are always dance parties.  
 

Tanya works with children, youth, individuals, and families. She is also NIHB approved.

Graham Tyson

COUNSELLOR
M.A., CPC

Graham’s specialties include grief and loss, anxiety and depression, childhood sexual abuse, and addictions. He runs Artistic Expression Workshops and the Depression and Anxiety Support Group. Graham also has gambling/spending intervention and treatment training.

Kevin Eby

COUNSELLOR
M.A., MFC

Kevin has cross-cultural experience working with First Nations people. He also provides individual/couples counselling. He specializes in Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMI), effective towards treating past trauma. He also specializes in Critical Incident Debriefing and has taking training in Family Systems Trauma Therapy. 

Ben
Feere

Counsellor
M.C., CCC
*Virtual and Phone
Sessions Only*

Ben’s specialties are children and youth, families and couples.  He is also trained in psychology and theology.

Dorinda
Schultz

Counsellor
B.ED., M.ED. EPSY

Dorinda works collaboratively with clients, from a strengths-based perspective. She draws from several different schools of practice, while striving to individually tailor her approach to meet the needs of each client.  Dorinda specializes in working with children and youth, and has background in areas such as adverse childhood experiences, neurodivergence (ADHD/ADD), self-esteem, and social and cognitive/achievement challenges related to school. Dorinda’s work with adults has focused on challenges related to separation and divorce, parent coaching/family stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction.  She delivers a trauma-informed, collaborative approach, allowing clients to feel safe enough to explore a process that may otherwise be overwhelming.

Erin
Reich

COUNSELLING INTERN
B.A., M.Div.,
MAMFT (IN PROCESS)

Erin is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern who has experience supporting clients struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. Erin’s master’s research has focused on care for children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria. She is a gentle and kind soul who believes in joining with her clients in their experiences and stories by taking a collaborative approach to healing and growth.

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Monday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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