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Effective Counselling Services in Chilliwack

There is no doubt that human emotions are complicated and hard to understand. Your behaviour, thoughts, and feelings can sometimes get overwhelming for you and everyone else around. At West Counselling & Associates, we offer exceptional counselling services in Chilliwack.

Our counsellors also cater to all of Chilliwack and its surrounding areas. West Counselling & Associates understands that anyone can be going through a rough patch in life, irrespective of their age. So we provide counselling services to children, adults, individuals, couples, and families alike!

When you visit us, you can be assured of experiencing a safe and relaxing atmosphere. At West Counselling & Associates, we are considerate of your privacy and offer confidentiality. Our team is dedicated to listening to your problems attentively and exploring appropriate solutions.

For us, your safety and comfort are our priority. West Counselling & Associates are here to make you feel and understand that you are not defeated and can navigate through your problems with assistance. Our counsellors use industry-appropriate therapies and sessions to meet your diverse needs.

Allow us to introduce you to our team:

Fred West

“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:

  • Counselling children

  • Play Therapy

  • ADD/ADHD management and support

  • Autism

  • Parenting support

  • Communication and problem solving for parents

  • Marital /relationship issues

  • Depression/grief/loss issues

  • Stress management

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Separation/divorce issues

  • Conflict resolution

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.”

Elnaz Bodnar

My name is Elnaz Bondar, and I have a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have worked as a therapist for several years. As part of my training, I have worked with individuals who were in crisis or were suicidal. I also worked with individuals suffering from a variety of issues, such as anxiety, addiction, depression, mental disorder (borderline personality disorder, dissociative disorder, etc.), ADHD, and autism.

I would say that a lot of the clients that I see are coming from ADHD backgrounds or have difficulty living with an ADHD personality, and I believe it is through self-awareness, increasing insights, and our understanding of our behaviour and others, and in general, a better understanding of the world that we would come into peaceful mutual living with one another. In addition, I have dedicated a huge part of my training to working with children going through different problems (such as behavioural problems, autism, temper tantrum, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, etc.) at both individual and group levels.

I also strive to work with challenges that couples bring into the therapy room with them and help them with conflict resolution or better understanding of each other. Having said this, dealing with issues related to the family and couples is one of the highlights of my training. These therapeutic processes include helping individuals with better problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, better communication skills, parenting, or co-parenting skills.

I am a Gestalt-oriented therapist, which means I focus on the individual as a whole and help them achieve their wholeness while I am considering all the aspects of their lives. However, I believe each one of us is unique in our own way, and a single approach could not be used on everyone. Therefore, depending on my clients' needs, I occasionally draw from other counselling modalities such as CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, emotion-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies.

I help individuals find answers to their problems by considering all aspects of their lives, finding the roots of their problems, working toward their whole self, and embracing change where it's needed. It is my promise that you will experience a safe and confidential journey with me while I provide you with empathy and understanding.

I look forward to joining you in your journey of life and to helping you achieve your goal while you may bring a long-lasting change into your life.

Jen Laruch

“I love helping people, which is why I chose to go into counselling. Everyone goes through times of struggle and challenges. It takes strength to face challenges and actively work toward doing things differently. While the process can be difficult, I believe the outcome makes it worthwhile. I enjoy working alongside my clients to help them navigate these times.

I have worked with clients since 2007 in a variety of areas, including helping them with anxiety, depression, stress, worry, emotional regulation, substance abuse, anger management, improving self-esteem, problem-solving and grief. While I often use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and have begun to include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), I am client-centred and focus on working with my clients on the best plan.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys, and I love to document our life through photography and scrapbooking. Our family enjoys getting away, either spending time camping in the woods or playing at a beach, especially at the ocean.”

Jessica Kurucz

It takes a great deal of courage to make the decision to start and commit to counselling. Being vulnerable with someone that you have never met before is not easy. Jessica considers it a privilege to be invited into your life, and it is her goal to create a safe and non-judgemental space for you to process the confusing, overwhelming, or painful part of your life.

Jessica has experience working with adults, couples, and youth of varying ages and diverse backgrounds. She has a background in healthcare and has experience working with individuals with physical and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, substance misuse, new diagnoses, and progressive illnesses. Jessica’s office is a safe place for LGBTQ2+ individuals.

Jessica’s approach to counselling is client-centred. The therapeutic frameworks that Jessica is trained to utilize are narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), strengths-based solution-focused therapy, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of the Fraser Valley. She completed her Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University in April 2022. Jessica is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and is committed to ongoing professional development.

As an experienced social worker, Jessica is also well versed in linking you with resources and services that you might benefit from outside of counselling and will work with you to ensure you have wrap-around support in your healing journey.

Nicole Kragt

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have worked at West Counselling and Associates since May 2021 with a wide range of clientele. As a counsellor, I have walked alongside individuals through complex life experiences. I would be honoured to accompany you on your journey towards healing. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns which can leave you feeling lost and unsure of where to go and what to do. Therapy with me will focus on your goals as we uncover aspects of your life to find answers and healing.

I operate out of an emotion-focused orientation, which means I naturally tune into the emotional underpinnings of your experience to highlight difficult areas of your life while finding solutions to work through them. In addition, I approach issues in a systemic lens where we examine how themes such as family and society have shaped who you are. Above all, I aim to meet you where you are at with grace, as I guide you into self-awareness, acceptance and understanding of your experiences.

I have worked in a variety of counselling settings. Most of my clinical experience has centred around working with women, children and teenagers. I am passionate about areas such as trauma caused by domestic violence, addictions, intimate partner violence and abuse. In particular, I have worked with individuals suffering from sexual, physical, mental, emotional abuse and neglect. With this, I have experience in trauma-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder. Alternatively, I have worked with children through issues pertaining to parental divorce or separation.

I am certified in Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 1 and 2, Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), Sand tray techniques.

Susanna Longridge — **Virtual Only**

Susanna has an MA in Counselling Psychology and a BA in Secondary Education. Her professional and personal experience motivates her in assisting others in successfully processing and managing the transitions life holds. Susanna’s time working with teens and adults has informed her philosophy that life is fascinating, challenging, funny and precious — from it, we learn to skillfully engage with new experiences and savour them as a valuable part of living on the earth.

Amrit Sidhu

My name is Amrit Sidhu and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. My main goal is to assist and help individuals with well-being, relationships, personal growth, mental health and addictions.

I have worked with various populations ranging from youth to the elderly dealing with concerns such as substance use, abuse, anxiety and depression. My experience with specific clientele is with both men and women.

I focus on building relationships through communication, trust and honesty. I enjoy participating in sports such as soccer. I am passionate about bodybuilding and maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside the counselling environment. I have coached youth soccer in the past and have also volunteered with Abbotsford Community Corrections.

I am excited to be given the opportunity to help facilitate change in your life through a safe and confidential environment.

Crystal Hermann

Crystal is currently completing her Masters of Education in School Counselling and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Crystal has always had a passion for helping and connecting to others. Through her 12 years as an educator she has experience working with students of varying ages, gender, sexual orientation, faiths, education, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds. As no one approach fits all, Crystal is focused on establishing trusting relationships with her clients and will customize her framework based on her client’s individual needs.

Crystal believes that at the heart of every therapy is the partnership that is formed between the client and the therapist. It is the therapist’s job to help guide, provide resources and a safe place for you, the client, to walk through whatever brought you to the counselling office to begin with. Using tools, such as Client-Centered, and REBT (solution focused) therapies, we will discover together your best self. Crystal looks forward to meeting and walking through this process with you.

When not in the Counselling office, Crystal keeps busy with her husband and two girls by cycling, skiing, camping, as well as teaching and performing with her musically inclined family.

Dean Loeppky

I have been married for 23 years and teaching at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels for 20 years. Recently I completed a Master of Education in School Counselling from City University.


To respond to the diversity of people and perspectives. I access a variety of approaches, drawing from several counselling modalities such as CBT, emotion-focused therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.


As a counsellor, I provide resources, tools, safety and support to focus on your goals. I believe that counselling is a supportive relationship grounded in empathetic understanding and that you can find your path. I will seek to meet you where you are, do my best to help you accept this part of your journey, and help you make sense of your experience.


I have worked in various counselling settings, including working with men, women, and children. I find it incredibly gratifying to support individuals through challenges.

All of us at West Counselling & Associates are an integral part of the community and have been running a successful practice in Langley for years. Contact us to schedule a counselling session today!

Our Services

  • Counselling services

  • Individual counselling

  • Family counselling

  • Anger management

  • Autism spectrum support

  • Play and sand therapy

  • Couples and marriage counselling

  • Parental problem-solving

  • Grief and loss issues resolution

  • Conflict resolution

  • Depression management

  • Divorce and separation counselling

  • Child counselling

  • Anxiety and stress management

  • ADD/ADHD support

  • Criminal injury referral services

Contact us

West Counselling & Associates 
20627 Fraser Highway,
Langley, BC

V3A 4G4

Chilliwack Address:

12-8465 Harvard Pl,

Chilliwack, BC V2P 7Z5 CA

Phone: 778-900-0025


Sunday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Monday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Tuesday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Wednesday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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Saturday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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