Registered Clinical Counsellors
Eli Norman, MA, RCC
Eli is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. He has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and families through government agencies, non-profit organizations, and faith communities. Eli uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy to help clients develop new ways of thinking and create new narratives to overcome adversity. When working with children and youth, Eli uses imagination and the client’s own creative problem-solving abilities to gain power over problems. Eli lives on the North Shore with his wife and three children. Eli’s own experience of having a daughter with Down Syndrome gives him a personal connection to children with special needs and their families.
Cristina Lima, MSW, RCC
Cristina Lima is a Brazilian-Canadian registered clinical counsellor who helps children, teenagers, adults and parents in the areas of parenting, relationships and well-being.
She believes that seeking counselling is one of the most important decisions that people can make for themselves and their loved ones. Embarking on a journey of self growth and healing can be difficult, yet she knows firsthand that the results are worthwhile.
Most of her clients work with her to better manage anxiety, depression, family conflicts, phobias, eating disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, OCD and ASD.
She has over fourteen years of experience working with children and families in non-profit organizations and private practice. She has completed her master’s degree in Social Work in the Pontifical University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and complemented her studies in the University of California, Berkeley, and in the City University of Seattle, USA.
As a mother of two children and a wife, Cristina has a profound respect and appreciation for children and for the grown ups who love them. She makes use of various psychotherapy approaches based on client's needs, drawing mostly from the cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, attachment theory, and family systems. When working with children, she offers play therapy and art therapy. Her work also is trauma-informed, gender-sensitive and informed by social justice theory and practices.
Leslie Zanette, M.Psy, RCC
Leslie Zanette, RCC, is a Masters-level clinician currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. She has experience in several clinical settings, including: private practice, community organizations, and correctional, inpatient and outpatient settings. Leslie uses cognitive-behavioral and dialectical-behavioral informed techniques to support her therapeutic practice. She develops treatment plans based on the specific individual needs of the client, and incorporates both psycho-education and therapeutic techniques to inform change and impact self-growth. Leslie helps individuals with symptom management and helps guide clients through the core of their issues. She specializes in working with individuals with disrupted mood, anxiety-related behaviors, conduct and behavioral problems, post-traumatic stress, and substance misuse. In addition, Leslie has worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams conducting psychological assessments dedicated to providing diagnostic clarification, recommendations and treatment plans to support individuals with their emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. She has experience working with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ranging across the lifespan.
Alessia Lista, M.Psy, RCC
Alessia Lista is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a master’s degree in psychology. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Adler University. Alessia has extensive experience providing psychoeducational assessments and therapy to individuals of all ages with emotional, behavioural, and developmental needs. She has conducted psychoeducational assessments in both English and French in a variety of settings, including private practice, community support centers, and schools. Alessia’s therapeutic approach is open and non-judgmental. She uses a number of evidence-based interventions that are flexible and tailored to her clients’ individual needs. Alessia is trained in multiple treatment modalities including, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.