About

Alisha Stobbe | Registered Clinical Counsellor

The decision to move towards healthier relationships, increased clarity, and peace takes courage. At least it did for me. My own experience of trauma and healing, deeper connection to self and others, and increased peace and compassion has been profoundly impacted by therapy. This experience has given me a passion for research and understanding the process of change, not only for myself but also for others, leading me to become a therapist.

You might feel stuck in old patterns, in chaos with loved ones, or bogged down by powerful emotions and reactions that you just can not seem to shake. As your therapist I work to empower you to identify and live from your core values instead of in the chaos of coping. My hope and intention is to join with you and your goals for change.

FRAMEWORK

We know from research that memory is not only stored in our brain but also in our bodies. For this reason, I intentionally integrate our mind’s awareness of events and our body memory, in order to truly resolve the deeper, more tender hurts in our lives. When working with children I integrate play therapy, attachment based principles and Gordon Neufeld’s developmental psychology framework. When seeing couples’, I utilize an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) approach, and am always integrating Systemic Family Therapy techniques which are heavily influenced by Satir Transformational Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, John Bowlby’s attachment research and Dan Seigel’s work. Additionally, sometimes we are stuck in old patterns because of difficult events we have experienced. When working with trauma I am trained to utilize Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), in the process healing the mind and the body.

Throughout my education and time as a therapist I have come to really know that change is always possible. Our capacity to grow and to heal exists as long as we have breath. For this reason I have taken on the name ‘Experience Change Counselling’ for my practice.

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Alisha is trained by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in Clinical Supervision. She sees current Therapists and Intern Therapists, utilizing a Systemic Family Therapy framework (Attachment, Satir, EFT, Structural Therapy) with a special emphasis on the ‘Person of the Therapist’ (POTT).

EDUCATION 

Alisha is trained in Marriage and Family Therapy and is registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus on how change occurs in individuals, couples, and families throughout the lifespan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Counselling which emphasized the developmental stages of healthy development. Prior to becoming a Therapist, Alisha worked as a Career Development Practitioner-Employment Counselor in the Vancouver area.

Alisha is dedicated to current research, ongoing training, and clinical supervision – enhancing her ability to facilitate growth and change.  Additional training includes:

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship – Vancouver Couples and Family Institute
  • Trauma Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR)
  • Healing Trauma Summit – Peter Levine, Gabor Mate, Mark Epstein, Linda Grahm.
  • Working with Depression –  Satir Institute of the Pacific
  • Transformational Systemic Therapy (Levels 1 & 2) – Satir Institute of the Pacific
  • Clinical Supervision – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Course
  • Connect Parent Group – Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre & SFURCC-logo-Black+Grey
  • Making Sense of Kids, Level 1 – Neufeld Institute
  • Making Sense of Anxiety –  Neufeld Institute
  • Making Sense of Aggression –  Neufeld Institute
  • Adolescence and Sexuality – Neufeld Institute
  • Media Literacy & Youth Engagement
  • When Love Hurts, Domestic Violence Basics
  • Healing from Trauma –  Satir Institute of the Pacific
  • Suicide Prevention & Treatment – BCACC
  • Career Development Practitioner Certificate

Nancy DeVries | Registered Clinical Counsellor

I believe that we are wired for connection, to the deepest part of ourselves and to others. We all long to be seen and heard, yet it is often those closest to us that hurt us the deepest.  Naturally, we develop ways to keep ourselves safe from the potential hurt that can come with true connection. Part of journeying  back to healthy connection often requires us to be with our painful stories long enough to look around and be open to learning its messages.  My passion is to join with others on their journey by providing a safe place to experience difficult emotions and to find a healthier way forward. 

FRAMEWORK

Looking through the lenses of Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused , and developmental theories, I come alongside my clients with an ability to use creativity to approach areas of desired change and stuckness.  On my own journey I have experienced true peace and acceptance by others and hope to extend the same to you. 

GROUP COUNSELLING

Nancy runs group counselling covering a variety of topics including: anxiety, young & middle years, parenting, neuroscience, development, and emotional focused coaching.

EDUCATION 

Nancy is trained in Marriage and Family Therapy and is registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC). Her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy  uniquely equips her to join with individuals, families and couples in utilizing the attachment and systemic lenses that are essential in understanding the larger picture. Nancy has worked as a Children’s Counsellor with Children who witness abuse, with non-profits, the Ministry of Children and Families and group homes deepening her understanding of what leads to health and healing.

Additional Training Includes:

  • EMDR Certified
  • EMDR Play Therapy certificate – Play Therapy Asociation
  • Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray, Level 1 – Madeleine DeLittle RTC, MTC, RCS, PhD
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship – Vancouver Couples and Family Institute
  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy &  Additional Supervision
  • Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk Training RRSR
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) – Columbia Play Therapy Association
  • Using Play Therapy In working with Children & Adolescents
  • DBT Training with Child and Youth Mental Health teams
  • Transformational Systemic Therapy Level 1 – Satir Institute of the Pacific
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Anxiety
  • When Love Hurts, Domestic Violence Basics


Covered by many Employment Assistance Programs (EAP) and the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP)

Recommended and approved by Focus on the Family

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