At West Counselling & Associates, we have a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who can help you. Meet our team below. Contact us today to discuss your concerns or to book an appointment.
“My name is Fred West, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#508) in the province of British Columbia. I have been a family and marital therapist in Langley for over 34 years. I have an abundance of experience in the areas of youth, adolescent, family and marital therapy. I do accept criminal injury referrals, and I am registered and accepted at a Level IV rating. With numerous years of professional counselling experience, I bring a common-sense approach to my work and, if needed, can provide brief telephone support between appointments at no charge.
I specialize in the following areas:
ADD/ADHD management and support
Communication and problem solving for parents
Marital /relationship issues
There are no formulas for making changes in your life. Each person is a unique individual. I customize my counselling approach to meet your personal needs. I draw from many different counselling modalities such as Client-Centred, Humanistic Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapies and Mindfulness-based approaches. It is this individualized approach, combined with proven techniques that help individuals and couples reach their goals that go beyond symptom relief and achieve long-lasting change.
Whether it’s a personal problem or a relationship that needs attention, I believe in your ability to make positive and lasting changes in your life. My underlying philosophy starts with the belief that the most important thing I can provide you is a confidential, understanding and safe environment.”
Susie holds a Master in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. Her professional experience includes working with children and families in a local K-12 school.
Susie grounds her practice in Person-Centred Theory and utilizes skills from Emotion-Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Adlerian theory. She pays attention to how her client’s unique systems have moulded and shaped their experiences, and how, in turn, they influence those systems.
Susie believes that therapy is an on-going journey, which allows an individual to understand their core-self to find healing from past or present challenging experiences. She uses humour, a little bit of play, and a gentle nudge to encourage her clients to share their journey towards transformation.
When she is not in a counselling office, she enjoys time with her miniature dachshund, eating a delicious meal with her husband, or dipping into her passion job of entertaining children.
Opal is a dynamic individual with a passion for working with people. Her warm, empathic, and caring personality is evidenced in her ability to build relationships with others. Opal values the unique experiences of clients and feels honoured to share in their journey. She is a Master of Counselling Psychology candidate with the University of Lethbridge. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Western University and a Certificate in Career Development from Simon Fraser University. Throughout her career, education and training as a developing counsellor, she has worked with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Her extensive experience in working with individuals from community, private, and educational settings provides context for understanding the many challenges and stressors faced by families and individuals today. Opal believes her life experiences, education, and training have prepared her to work with children, adolescents, and adults addressing issues across the lifespan. Stress management, anxiety, communication issues, relationship concerns, vocational as well as immigration and related acculturative stress are some of the areas in which she has gained invaluable experience.
She incorporates a holistic, client-centred approach while practicing from a trauma-informed perspective. Opal believes the quality of the counselling relationship, when combined with the evidence-based intervention, will provide the best outcomes for clients to heal and achieve their therapeutic goals. Therefore, she welcomes the opportunity to support, impact, and inspire hope in the lives of clients by providing a safe place from which they can grow and thrive.
Christy de Bulnes
Christy is a dynamic Registered Clinical Counsellor (16969) who empowers individuals, couples, and families to overcome obstacles to improve their lives. She believes her extensive experience working with children and adolescents, in various educational settings, brings her a broad perspective of the challenges faced by individuals and families at school and at home. Christy holds an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology-Vocational Rehabilitation, a B.A. in Psychology, a certificate in special education, and a certificate in career counselling.
Christy works from a primarily client-centred approach and has experience working with people who have depression, anxiety, stress management, divorce/separation, parenting challenges, and relationship difficulties. By using evidence-based interventions she combines her creativity and warmth to help her clients move towards their therapeutic goals. Christy believes that therapy is meant to be a healing experience, which requires understanding, empathy, attention, acceptance and encouragement.
Christy splits her time between private practice and Fraser Health Authority as a Client Partner, CISM + Resilience. She is a proud member of the Langley Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board of Directors since 2019.