Counsellors

ALLISON BATES

M.A., RCC

Allison is the clinical director and owner of West Coast Counselling Services. Allison enjoys the outdoors with her family, travelling, cheering on her 2 children at their sports games, and living a wonderful life with her husband of 19 years.

Allison has been in private practice for over 15 years and has successfully worked with a wide variety of clients including individuals, couples and families. She enjoys working with clients that are struggling with depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues as well as working with couples. Another area of expertise is working with women struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety and their families. Allison has special training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gottman Couples therapy. She finds working with people through their hardest times, an honour and a privilege to hear their stories and walk with them through their difficult times.

Allison has also served on the board of directors for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a position she found interesting and rewarding contributing to the profession of counselling.

Allison has special training in hypnotherapy and uses it as an additional tool for clients looking for an alternative approach to their issues. Allison has also been interviewed as a parenting expert for several Canadian Living magazine articles. Allison enjoys seeing her clients have positive change and finds this very rewarding.

JESS PRESTON

Counselling Intern

Jess offers a thoughtful and intuitive approach to counselling that emphasizes holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centred care. As an integrative therapist drawing from humanistic, cognitive behavioural, solution-focused approaches and more, she incorporates select theories and interventions into her practice, which allows her to offer tailored and comprehensive support to her clients. Assisted by 8+ years of post-secondary education, Jess has a deep passion for supporting clients throughout life’s nuances. Jess works with individuals and couples, adults and teens, providing warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental support that emphasizes self-reflection and self-discovery. Areas of focus in Jess’ practice include maternal mental health: the life-changing transition into motherhood, encompassing trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. She also provides compassionate support for those grieving pregnancy loss. Additionally, Jess works with clients dealing with life and relationship challenges, including grief, stress, trauma, depression and anxiety. Jess invites you to join her in a safe and therapeutically guided space. Here, you will be empowered to share your experiences in your own words, discuss your goals, and feel cared for, validated, and gently encouraged to work toward life-affirming change. Societal expectations can weigh heavily on each of us, and we all need supportive resources. Jess would be honoured to be a part of your self-care team.

HAYLEY NIMMO

M.A., RCC

Hayley has been working and studying in the field of psychology since 2002. She has taught preschool, ran daycare programs, worked with at risk youth and supported families with children who have intellectual and physical disabilities. As a Registered Psychotherapist Hayley has gained experience working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Fraser Health, Community Mental Health, as well as private practice.

Recognizing that we grow through contribution and collaboration Hayley has done significant volunteer work in the community she started from and ran a non-profit society supporting families with children who have special needs. She was also a member of the Family Advisory Committee for Shriners Hospitals and has served as a member of the Special Needs Advisory Committee in the Fraser Valley.

Hayley specializes in supporting people through times of transition. She enjoys helping people sort out their chaos to find a place of peace. She believes that healing is within our capacity and that with time, patience and understanding we can grow through suffering to become stronger than we thought possible.

LEILA RAZAGHI

MA, RCC

Leila is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is passionate about working with people from all walks of life, and strives to help them reach their full potential. Leila will meet you on your journey, develop a strength-based treatment plan tailored to your personal needs, and empower you to take the required steps towards better health, a better life, and a better future.

Leila has with experience and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) which are evidence based treatments for anxiety and depression among other issues. Leila is available for therapy sessions in English and Farsi as she speaks both fluently.

Whether you are experiencing emotional, behavioural, social, or other challenges, together you will set goals, and work towards healing, while creating the best version of yourself. In Leila’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, weight training, and spending quality time with family and friends.

ZAFREEN IDOO

MSW, RSW

Zafreen is a registered Social Worker (RSW) with British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW). She enjoys working with individuals and couples of all ages using theoretical approaches such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gottman Couples Therapy. Zafreen uses a person-centred approach to support clients and create a safe space for their unique journey in life allowing for self-reflection and self-awareness. Zafreen supports people through anxiety, establishing healthy relationships, couple’s conflict, family challenges, life transitions, and trauma. Zafreen is also able to provide services in English, Urdu and Hindi.

In her spare time, Zafreen enjoys travelling, reading, and looking for challenging work-out routines.

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