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 may be challenge. However, reflecting on your experiences, working through the past and imagining positive change can lead to a fulfilling life. Finding meaning and purpose and developing a strong sense of identity is the base for growing.
Exploring the question “Who am I?” is valuable to address your concerns that brings you to counselling. This question is rarely asked but it is a significant part of self-exploration.
Natasha uses narrative therapy, expressive methods, such as art and play therapy, storytelling, and existential approaches. She offers individual, couples, and family and child therapy.
Her areas of specialty include: Anxiety and stress, Life transitions and grief, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Child and Pre-teen counselling, Attachment related issues
Natasha has completed her Master’s of Counselling Degree at Trinity Western University. For 10 years she worked as a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor for non-profit organizations and as an Elementary School Counsellor.
Completing her Ph.D. in Human Development, Learning, and Diversity at UBC, has deepened her knowledge of human development, relationship and school/learning related issues.
Natasha focuses on relational challenges and life transitions. She is oriented toward change and focused on positive psychology with her approach. Natasha believes that building a strong therapeutic relationships with her clients is the key to positive outcome in counselling. 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.
Diane Cronk (M.A. R.C.C. C.P.C.)
Diane Cronk is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Certified Professional Coach.
Diane’s background brings a combination of 30 years’ experience working in corporate settings and education in the fields of Human Resource, coaching, and counselling.
Diane has received her Counselling Psychology Degree from Yorkville University and her Professional Coaching designation from Simon Fraser University.
Diane is specialized to provide counselling for Depression, Anxiety, Couples and Relationship issues. Diane has also worked in career development for youth and career transitions for adults. Her expertise also includes helping her clients with work related stress and its impact on the family, relationships and their personal well-being. She uses a solution focused approach to work through conflicts and manage burnout. Diane knows the “corporate world” well and the challenge it often presents for individuals.
Diane works with techniques from a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her work is based on positive psychology. She focuses on her client’s strengths, virtues and considers their life circumstances in a holistic way: the biological, psychological and social/spiritual impacts. She helps her clients create a new vision and flourish to be their best self!
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.
306 – 8047 199 Street
Langley, BC V2Y 0E2