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.”
Opal is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC - 10007021) who believes in the resilience of the human spirit and one’s ability to heal. She works with clients to create a safe environment where empathy and respect for their uniqueness, diverse cultural background and values are honoured.
Opal is a warm and empathic individual who believes whole-heartedly in the power of the therapeutic relationship. She works from a client-centered approach while utilizing a trauma-informed perspective. Her practice is grounded in Attachment theory while drawing from Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other evidenced based interventions to meet her client needs.
Opal believes her life experiences, education, and training informs her work with individuals and couples and families. She values the opportunity to work alongside clients with trauma related issues, depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, relationship difficulties, career and other stressful life transitions.
Nicole is currently finishing her Master of Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. Nicole would be honoured to accompany you on your journey towards healing. Life is a journey full of unexpected twists and turns which can leave you feeling lost and unsure of where to go and what to do. Therapy with Nicole will focus on your goals as she gently guides and works with you to find answers and healing. Nicole is an emotionally focused therapist which means she naturally tunes in to your emotions while embracing you with empathy. Nicole aims to meet you where you are at with grace, as she helps you become aware of, accept, and make sense of your experience.
Nicole has worked in a variety of counselling settings. These settings include working with men, women, and children through different issues such as relationship problems, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
Most of her clinical experience has centred around working with women and children through domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and abuse. In particular, she has worked with individuals suffering from sexual, physical, mental, emotional abuse and neglect. And trauma-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.
Nicole is certified in Lifespan Integration Therapy level 1 and 2, Observed Experiential Integration (OEI) level 1, and Sand tray techniques.
When she is not counselling, you may find her singing and dancing, playing sports outside, and enjoying time with friends and family.
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.
I am currently finishing my Master 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 variety of issues, such as anxiety, addiction, depression, mental disorder (bipolar personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and dissociative disorder), ADHD, and autism.
I have also dealt with issues related to the family and couples; helping them with better problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, better communication skills, parenting or co-parenting skills. In addition, I have dedicated a huge part of my training to work with children going through different problems (such as behavioral problems, ADHD, autism, temper tantrum, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and etc.) at both individual and group level.
I am a Gestalt oriented therapist which means that I focus on the individual as a whole, help them to achieve their wholeness, while considering all 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 to 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 experience a safe and confidential journey with me while I am providing you with empathy and understanding.
I look forward to joining you on your journey of life and to help you achieve your ultimate goal while bringing a long lasting change into your life.