Registered Clinical Counsellors
Andrea Sharpe, M.Sc., M.Ed.
Andrea is a counsellor with over 25 years experience working with people with developmental differences and their families. She completed her Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton in England, and subsequently worked as a supervisor-in-training in a program providing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the UK. She continued to follow her interest in ABA through an internship in California, before returning to Vancouver in 2001. Since then, she has worked alongside children, youth, young adults and their families in BC, Alberta, and Yukon. Andrea compassionately supports children and youth who struggle with anxiety and social skills through a creative and individualized approach. She has completed training in the Sibshops model, and offers individual and group supports for siblings of people with developmental differences. She is the proud recipient of the 2020 Edna Nash Scholarship at UBC, where completed her Masters in Education in Counselling Psychology in April 2021. Andrea loves living and playing in nature on the North Shore with her husband and her two children.
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.
Dr. Mari K. Swingle
Dr. Mari Swingle works with a wide range of ailments; her specialties lie in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Transition & Displacement (e.g., divorce & blended families), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(s) and Addiction. She is further well known for her work with children and families experiencing Behavioral and Learning Difficulties including but not limited to, Defiance and Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, Written Output, and Speech Disorders. Within this, a key orientation she holds is focus on missed learning phases as opposed to learning disabilities. Dr. Mari Swingle also works with the dynamics that frequently arise in families with a child experiencing Learning and/or Emotional / Behavioral Challenges including Parental Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Couple/Parental Dynamics and Conflict. This includes Individual Parental Counseling, Family Counseling, Play Therapy and Couples Therapy. Dr. Mari Swingle is also an active clinical researcher; her primary focus is on the effects of screen based / interactive technologies on social, emotional and cognitive development; the brain, behavior, and society at large. She has authored several papers and a book (i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brain, our Behavior, and the Evolution of our species) on the topic and was a recipient of a 2015 FAABS Early Career Impact Award for her ‘major research contributions to the sciences or mind, brain and behavior’. She has a strong media presence and lectures locally and internationally to both public and professional audiences. Dr. Mari Swingle holds an MA from UBC in Education, an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University, Santa Barbara, US. The second edition of her book i-Minds: How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our Brains and What to do about it is due out in Spring 2019.
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.
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.