Our Associates are leaders in the field of psychology, committed to providing our clients with the highest level of counselling, exceptional services in an encouraging and progressive environment. Each Associate has extensive experience in the field of psychology and provides treatment based on best practices.
Psychotherapist/Family Mediator/Divorce Coach
Dr. Ellie Bolgar (Psy.D. M.A. R.C.C.)
Dr. Bolgar has been practicing psychotherapy since 1998. She is also a professor at Adler University teaching Family Therapy, Couples Counselling and Ethics to Masters students. Dr. Bolgar has worked in clinical settings such as child and youth mental health, child and family counselling centers as a clinical supervisor for over 15 years. In addition to her private practice and teaching Dr. Bolgar provides clinical supervision to counsellors in community-based counselling programs supporting families, children and youth with various behavioral, and emotional difficulties. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love of her clinical work and knowledge with her students and counsellors.
Dr. Bolgar is also a trained Family Mediator and helps families and couples with separation/divorce, parenting and other challenging situations.
Dr. Bolgar offers expertise in relationship counselling, child therapy, parent-teen conflict, post-divorce adjustment (i.e. parenting after separation), treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.
Dr. Bolgar’s counselling services offers evidence based approach such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman’s Couple Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
She is also competent in the use of specific therapeutic techniques like:
- Mindfulness Meditation
Among her professional involvement Dr. Bolgar finds time to research chronic stress and individual’s reactions to experiences. She authored a workbook “Stress-less more balanced”. She was invited to present her research titled “Stress is based on Perception” to the 4th World Congress of Positive Psychology in Florida in 2015. Recently Dr. Bolgar published her research The Neurobiology of Attachment Experiences and Perception of Stress
Matt Vlasic (M.A. R.C.C.)
Matt has extensive experience working with adolescents, young males, children, and families. He finds working with this demographic greatly impactful and rewarding.
Matt started his career as a youth worker at the Burnaby School District where he was supporting youth with school and individual issues. After completing his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, he started his career in counselling at a community agency where he provided therapy to children, youth, individuals, and families.
In a short time he became supervisor of a program that offered services to at risk youth and their families. Matt adapted an attachment focused perspective in his therapeutic work and believes that much of the issues are rooted in early experiences that can be corrected. His therapeutic specialty focuses on the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and addiction issues. He believes that mental illness has an impact on the whole family system and he extends his treatment from the individual to the family.
His therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Attachment Informed Modalities. Matt believes that individuals have an innate ability to heal and develop resilience with the right support.
Jill Craven (M.A. R.C.C.)
For 20 years my career in the clinical field has allowed me to work with children, youth, LGBTQ individuals, families, adults and women who have experienced violence.
I work from the paradigm that early life experiences shape who we are and how we react to our present circumstances and relationships. Life transitions can feel messy, painful and confusing. I offer a safe and judgment free environment to encourage clients to explore and process their experiences.
Neurobiology and somatic processing support my trauma informed lens, allowing me to help clients better understand the impact that their past experiences has had in creating their current behaviours, symptoms or struggles; how one relates to their world and to themselves. I take a holistic and integrated therapeutic approach to ensure I honour each client’s specific needs, to best support their unique journey.
I specialize in supporting individuals and their loved ones who struggle with general distress, anger, parenting concerns, anxiety, PTSD, depression, low self-confidence, addictions and relationship dysfunction. Finding clarity and understanding to personal issues often occurs while learning skills and personal strengths for your healthier and more peaceful future.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Trauma Informed Therapy
- Sensorimotor Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Ria Nishikawara (M.A. R.C.C.)
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Part of the magic of being a counsellor is having the opportunity to accompany people in their journeys of self-discovery. Sometimes we encounter obstacles that we don’t have the tools or experience to navigate on our own. These painful life experiences can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves, one another, and our sense of purpose in life.
At the same time, these challenges present us with immense opportunity for growth and deeper meaning. I believe people are inherently creative and resourceful. When we have access to the right kinds of support we will naturally move toward healing. I collaborate with clients to build an environment of safety, curiosity, and non-judgment in which to explore their inner worlds, and engage more fully in life.
I entered my MA in counselling psychology at UBC with a background in social justice. During my training, I held an internship working with LGBTQ+ identifying folks around a variety of issues including sexuality and gender identity, and another supporting people struggling with their own or their loved ones’ substance use. I also spent six years with the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC supporting clients struggling with self-injury, suicidality, and a range of mental health challenges.
Within all of these roles I have had the privilege of working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of concerns, including PTSD, complex trauma, sexual violence, depression, and anxiety. My research interests include chronic pain, chronic illness, and disability prevention. I also bring with me my background in dance and performance, and belief in the healing powers of creative expression.
I have completed additional post-graduate trainings in:
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy—Trauma Training
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
I am also a registered clinician with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).
Whitney Regan (M.A. R.C.C.)
Rarely are we given a roadmap in life for how to navigate the challenges that come our way. Equally true is that we are not meant to face those difficulties alone. My passion for counselling comes out of a deep desire to walk alongside people as they courageously seek to better understand themselves, the relationships in their lives, and the challenges they face. As a therapist, it is my hope and privilege to offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be seen and heard. I view counselling as an opportunity to help you process your experiences, find meaning & purpose in life, and take responsibility for the ways you can move forward.
Whitney holds her MA in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Her training and experience as a counsellor enable her to competently journey with her clients through a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, life transitions, grief/loss, and burnout.
Her approach to counselling is trauma-informed and grounded in attachment, emotion-focused, and person-centered theory. She is trained in Lifespan Integration, used specifically to help people integrate traumatic life experiences into their self-concept and worldview. She is also trained in Levels 1 & 2 of the Gottman Method approach to couples’ therapy. Her objective is for clients to gain a new hope in life, as they experience healing and restoration through therapy.
306 – 8047 199 Street
Langley, BC V2Y 0E2