counsellors

A strong and therapeutic connection with your counsellor is one of the most important steps in the healing process. At Water Lily Counselling we know how important it is to feel comfortable and safe, and connected to your counsellor, and that is why we pride ourselves in having some of most understanding, educated and empathetic counsellors in our employ. Please see below to find out more.

 
Shahla Jalali-Mazlouman

Shahla Jalali Mazlouman
MA, CCC, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Shahla Jalali-Mazlouman is the clinical director of Waterlily Counselling. She is a registered clinical counsellor (#11503) and a member with good standing in the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

She holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. She has also completed post graduate training in play therapy, parent child relationship therapy, expressive and creative art therapies, and trauma counselling. Her career as a counsellor began when she started working in the school system where she provided counselling to adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, self-injury and suicidal ideation, and prevention. Her career further developed in the non-profit sector where she became interested in helping individuals with a history of abuse and trauma in adults and adolescents, childhood trauma, and child behaviour concerns.

As a therapist, Shahla provides a warm, inviting, safe, and therapeutic environment. She helps individuals in rediscovering, and rebuilding those parts that may have been lost or bent as a result of traumatic incidents, or daily life stressors. Shahla uses creative and expressive modalities to help individuals share their experiences that may be difficult to express verbally, in a safe and therapeutic manner. In addition, Shahla is trained in play therapy, using toys to allow children to express their world and difficulties, while learning about emotions and self regulation in an empowering and effective manner. In her work, Shahla helps each individual to reflect, explore, and discover their inner knowledge.

In addition to her work as a counsellor, Shahla conducted research on the impact of the creative language in psychotherapy in adults and adolescents. She also has researched language assessments in children with hearing loss.


 
Tara Gosse

Tara Gosse
M.Ed, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Tara completed her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors with registeration #15133. Prior to Waterlily Counselling, She spent over seven years supporting children, adolescents, and adults through her work as a Counsellor, Behaviour Interventionist, Educational Assistant, and Distress Services Volunteer with the Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC. In these roles, she has gained experience in working with grief & loss, identity confusion, life transitions, self-esteem, stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship conflict, suicidality, and developmental disabilities.

The foundation of her work with clients is in building a strong therapeutic relationship through offering a non-judgmental, empathic, and safe space so we can explore the parts of the client that are keeping them from living a more satisfying life. Her approach is integrative and draws from relational, experiential, and expressive modalities. She is trained in Level 1 of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Therapeutic Enactment, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. In pursuit of continued education and learning, she has also attended workshops involving training in play therapy, sand tray therapy, trauma treatment, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

To journey with her clients in their pursuits of healing and self-discovery is truly a gift that fills her with great joy and meaning, and it would be an honour to accompany you on your journey.


 
Ross Stogryn

Ross Stogryn
M.ED, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Ross Stogryn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor RCC (#12667) and a member of the Waterlily Counselling team. He holds a Master’s Degree of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

Before joining the Waterlily Counselling team, Ross spent his career serving and supporting diverse populations of youth to retiree clients in both higher education and community-based non-profit settings. As a counsellor, he has and continues to work extensively serving the LGBT*TQQIA community. In this role, he has gained experience supporting and working with people through life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, issues of identity, issues of sexuality, academic challenges, trauma, relationship conflict and suicidality.

As a therapist, the most fundamental part of Ross’ work is striving to build strong, affirming therapeutic relationships that both bolster dignity and resilience and allow clients to safely explore and engage with barriers to their life satisfaction and wellbeing. His warm, person-centred approach draws from and integrates cognitive and relational modalities and makes use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Process Theory (IPT).

Ross considers walking with people along their paths to insight and healing a tremendous honour and privilege and is excited to get the chance to work with you.


 
Nadia Neely

Nadia Neely
MCP, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Nadia is registered Clinical Counsellor with BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#15192). She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Through her work and life experience she has gained knowledge and experience in supporting her clients through anxiety, depression, self-injury, grief, trauma, family/relationship discord, and parenting.

She is passionate about empowering her clients to overcome the stressors in their life. Nadia trusts that developing insight and self-awareness is the most crucial step towards creating change and initiating healing. She believes through self-exploration and becoming more mindful we could develop a deeper sense of presence in life.

She provides a safe and non-judgemental space for her clients where they could explore the challenges in their life without feeling ashamed or pressured. Through her authentic, respectful, warm, and inviting presence, Nadia facilitates a collaborative space where her clients could draw on their inner strengths and resiliency to continue their journey towards healing and fulfilment in life.

Nadia has a holistic approach to mental wellness and appreciates the importance of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual aspects of our lives for developing a healthy mind and body. She utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches based on the individual needs of her clients. Nadia is particularly passionate in working with couples and has received training in emotionally focused and Gottman Couples therapy. In her work with individuals, she draws on evidence-based modalities such as person entered therapy, attachment based therapy, feminist therapy, Mindfulness based Stress Reduction techniques (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) Nadia offers services in English, Farsi, and Dari.


 
Carol Alexander

Carol Alexander
MA, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Carol Alexander MA, RCC is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors Registration # 11461. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and a masters degree in counselling psychology from Yorkville University, New Brunswick. Carol has worked extensively as a family therapist helping parents learn a form of therapeutic play that promotes attachment. Carolwas instrumental in developing the Parent Adoption Support Program (PASS) for the Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia in 2010. It was through the experience of helping parents create attachment with children who had suffered developmental trauma that she realized the healing power of the parent child relationship. Her belief in the power of positive parenting and relationship building as an effective parenting strategy has helped countless families find alternatives to traditional discipline strategies that simply don't work. ln addition to her private practice, Carol works with families and children at a nonprofit clinic in Vancouver. Through a trauma informed lens she helps children heal from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and supports families who are recently separated or going through the process of divorce. She has post-graduate training in filial therapy, expressive therapy, play therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), and dyadic infant led approaches. She is in the process of attaining certification in an area of EMDR that focuses on strengthening the attachment relationship and helping children heal from early trauma. Her current area of interest is in the neurobiological basis of behaviour in children.


 
Sophie Ma Zhu

Sophie Ma Zhu
MA, RCC
| (778) 840-6774

Sophie Ma Zhu is a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#15018). She holds a Master's Degree of Counselling Psychology from both UBC and Beijing Normal University in China. She received training in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Parent Education based on Adlerian Psychology. She also gained knowledge and experience in mindfulness and meditation. Back in China, Sophie was mostly working with university students on their career development issues. After pursuing further education in Canada, she has been working in community-based settings with adult clients on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life transitions, intimate relationships, family conflicts, and existential crisis. Her volunteer work has been devoted to increasing accessible services and support in the LGBTTQQIAAP community. As a counsellor with a person-centred approach, Sophie believes in the strengths of each client and their ability to self-reflect. She considers authenticity and holding a safe space as the foundation of any therapeutic work. She highly values her role as a counsellor in supporting individuals along their journey to move towards where they want to be in life. In addition to her work as a counsellor, Sophie has past or current experience involved in research projects on the transition to adulthood, youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and addictions issues. Sophie provides counselling in Mandarin and English


 
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