Lianne Naguiat, MA, RCC, Licensed ECE (she, her)

Lianne holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree and is Registered Clinical Counsellor. Being a Licensed Early Childhood Educator as well, Lianne has a wealth of experience in working with preschool-aged children, including children with autism and other neurodiversity, and their families. She has supported children and teens facing challenges related to anxiety, depression, anger-management, social skills, and other behavioral and emotional issues. She brings her knowledge and experience in helping young adults and adults with depression, anxiety/stress, relationship conflict, social skills or interpersonal challenges, and other life transitions and challenges. By using principles and techniques from research-based approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, and other client-centered techniques, Lianne ensures to deliver an empathic, genuine, and nonjudgmental environment. She is also receiving training in Synergetic Play Therapy® to support the younger population in a therapeutic setting. Lianne provides counselling in English or Tagalog and in-person or via telehealth.

Andrea Sharpe, M.Sc., M.Ed. (she, her)

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 she completed her Masters in Education in Counselling Psychology in 2021. Andrea loves living and playing in nature on the North Shore with her husband and her two children.

Robyn Lalani, RSW, CPCC (she/her)

Robyn holds a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW). She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the Province of British Columbia and is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Robyn approaches her work from a trauma-informed, systems and intersectional lens, recognizing the intricacy and uniqueness of each of her client's lived experience.

Over the past 15 years, Robyn has worked in various capacities within the mental health field. She has supported children, youth, and adults across the lifespan, working through issues related to anxiety and depression, adoption transitions, adjustment to medical diagnoses, abuse and neglect, trauma, LGBTQ2S+ identity, grief and loss, separation and divorce, and complex familial relationships. More recently, Robyn has specialized in gender affirming and transgender care, supporting gender diverse children and youth, and their family members. In addition to her work as a therapist, Robyn works as a social worker at BC Children’s Hospital.

Robyn’s therapeutic approach is anti-oppressive, strengths-based, and client and family centered. She is flexible and integrative in that she incorporates various therapies to best serve her clients unique needs. She has been trained in Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

Paola Zorrilla Steenbock, RCC, MCP (she, they)

Paola (she, they) holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, specializing in School and Youth counselling. Her expertise lies in supporting neurodivergent children and adults. Paola believes in creating a safe and supportive space for her clients to explore their emotions, needs, and values. She understands that building a trusting therapeutic relationship is crucial. By taking an empathic, honest, and non-judgemental stance, Paola strives to build a collaborative relationship where her clients can feel heard and understood. Paola is multilingual and can comfortably provide counselling support in English, Spanish, and German.

Clients can expect a strength-based approach to help understand and cope with the specific challenges they are facing. By leaning on what’s already working, the client can view situations realistically and look for opportunities that support and complement the individual. Her holistic approach views challenges from multiple perspectives, including the individual and environment, such as history, culture, and lifestyle. The goal is to be affirming to the client, which includes using sensory and other accommodations, while respecting that everyone has unique needs. Paola draws from various counselling approaches, including synergetic play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, and mindfulness. This allows her to accommodate each client's unique needs and goals.

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