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

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:

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

Elnaz Bodnar - Langley

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.

Jessica K

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.

 

Nicole Kragt
Susanna Longridge

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

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

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.

Fred West

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

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.

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