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
Dr. Natasha Panina-Beard (Ph.D., M.A., R.C.C.)
Sometimes in life, imagining and creating new possibilities becomes a challenge, however, reflecting on your experiences, working through and with present situations, and imagining positive change can lead to positive and fulfilling life. Finding meaning and purpose in life, and developing strong sense of identity is important for everyone.
Exploring the question “Who am I?” is valuable in addressing any challenge or concern that brings you to seek counselling. This question is asked by every child and an adult, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and spiritual or religious belief, level of education, economic position or a family situation. In addition to talk and narrative therapy, I use expressive methods, such as art and play therapy, storytelling, and existential approaches. I offer individual (child & adult), couples, and family counselling in the following areas:
- Anxiety and stress
- Life transitions (change of country, change in relationships, parenting, school, work-to-school, career change, etc.)
- Relationship issues
- Mother-daughter relationships
- Child and pre-teen counselling
- Attachment related challenges
I became interested in counselling after recognizing how the experiences of growing up in different environments and cultures had impacted my development and my own mental health. Immigration from Russia created a number of challenging situations that I needed to work through and address to achieve my goals and follow my interests while living in Canada.
I have completed Master’s of Counselling program (M.A.) at Trinity Western University and since 2009, worked with children, youth and parents as a counsellor at the Child and Youth Mental Health, and then as an Elementary School Counsellor.
Completing my Ph.D. in Human Development, Learning, and Diversity at UBC deepened my knowledge of human development and further motivated me to continue my work as a counsellor.
I work with individuals who are experiencing relational challenges and life transitions. I am oriented toward change and future in my approach. Building healthy therapeutic relationships with my clients is the key to positive outcome in counselling. I believe that reflecting on the past brings insight, looking into the present contributes to the recognition of strengths and needs that provide a solid foundation for moving forward to a more positive and meaningful life for every individual.
306 – 8047 199 Street
Langley, BC V2Y 0E2