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 - Chilliwack & Langley
“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.”
Jessica Kurucz - Chilliwack
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, 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 holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Master of Social Work Degree from Dalhousie University. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Jessica is committed to ongoing learning and professional development.
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 - Chilliwack, Langley, Virtual
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 - Langley, Virtual
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 - Langley
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.
Nav Gill - Langley & Virtual
I have been in the education system for over 10 years. I completed my Masters of Education in School Counselling from City University.
I believe that every therapeutic relationship begins at the connection between client and counsellor. I focus on building a connection with my clients through a safe, trusted and non-judgemental environment. Over the years, I have worked with a variety of different clientele, ranging from children to adults, from different backgrounds and identities, and those with diverse needs and abilities. While I do not have a "one size fits all approach," there are many different forms of therapy that I draw from, including Solution Focused, Narrative and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
I have been part of experiences that have changed individuals' lives through the therapeutic process. The most important part to me is to keep an open and non-judgemental mind about whomever I am working with. Your path is your path, and I hope to help support and guide you towards a greater awareness of yourself and your life circumstances.
Nicole Kurcher - Chilliwack, Langley, Virtual
Nicole feels privileged to support clients as they walk through life’s difficult times. Working from a client-centred perspective, she strives to engage in warm and empathic relationships while supporting growth and change. Nicole practices the cognitive behavioural theory, solution-focused, and family systems theory modalities. She is a mature interning student at Yorkville University, completing her master’s in counselling psychology.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. She started her career in the community, not-for-profit, then spent twenty years as a family and youth support worker for the Langley school district. Nicole brings her work, lived experience, and warm and practical nature to her practice.
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!
Autism spectrum support
Play and sand therapy
Couples and marriage counselling
Grief and loss issues resolution
Divorce and separation counselling
Anxiety and stress management
Criminal injury referral services
Gurpreet Nahal – Langley & Virtual
My name is Gurpreet Nahal, and I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have experience working with clients on various issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, stress, and trauma. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative space for you to share, explore, and work together toward your goals.
I believe that you are the expert in your own life and have the inner strength and resources to make positive changes. I use a warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach to counseling with a commitment to diversity and cultural sensitivity. As a South Asian female, I understand the importance of creating a safe and inclusive counselling environment.
I like to integrate a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, attachment theory, integrated family systems, and mindfulness. I am passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life as you are unique with your own life story and experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families, and all genders and ages.
Sonia Lalli - Langley, Chilliwack, Virtual
My name is Sonia Lalli, and I have a Bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, and completed my internship for my Master's degree in Counselling through Yorkville University. Every person's unique story deserves to be heard and understood in a compassionate therapeutic relationship. I provide a warm and supportive environment where my clients can feel comfortable sharing their experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
A space that encourages empowerment, vulnerability, and growth. I am most passionate about CBT, Narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will uproot long-standing behaviour patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. As a counsellor, my hope for the work we will do together is to foster an environment that encourages healing and growth.
Julia Siedlanowska – Langley & Virtual
Whether you have tried many therapists or have never been to therapy, I am comfortable working with people who are skeptical about the counselling process. I bring a trauma-informed lens to counselling to help you work through tricky moments from the past and present that we may or may not be entirely aware of.
I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. I aim to facilitate your search for personal meaning and life goals through various therapeutic techniques, including narrative therapy, psychodrama, and mindfulness. I have a person-centred approach, which means that I work collaboratively with you at your own pace. I aim to be a non-judgmental listener, walking alongside as we face our fears, shame, self-loathing and other challenges to find greater self-acceptance and ease. I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work (and have completed level I and II training), as well as being informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy in my work with couples.
I have worked for over a decade as a voice coach with artists and students aged six to sixty-five, helping them discover confidence in themselves through voice work, drama, and public speaking to create life-affirming transformation through voice. I bring this same compassion and curiosity to my work as a counsellor.
I have a BA in Acting, and am in the final stages of completing my Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology.
Some of the challenges counselling can help you navigate are:
Self-Esteem and Sense of Self
Past or Recent Trauma or Abuse
Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
Health and Wellness
I believe people are innately searching to lead the best lives they can, with the tools they have. I work with adults, children, and teens, in groups, couples, and individual settings. It would be my honour to accompany you on your journey.
Languages: English, Polish