Our Staff

We currently have three counsellors, an Office Administrator and an Administrative Assistant on staff. Each counsellor has registered status with a professional association, indicating that they have solid educational qualifications and a high level of competency. All counsellors have specialized training and broad experience counselling individuals and families.

 

 

Kelsi Baine, MSc, CCC 

Executive Director/Counsellor

Kelsi has been working with the agency since 2007, and has been counselling in various capacities since 2000. She holds a Master of Science degree specializing in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandon University. Kelsi is a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Kelsi specializes in couples issues, communication skills, relationship violence and abuse, anxiety and depression, stress management, grief, and wellness. Out of her graduate research she has a keen interest and expertise in working with couples who are transitioning into parenthood, or are having relationship problems since becoming parents. Over the years Kelsi has counselled adults, couples, families, youth, and groups (both therapeutic and psycho-educational). She incorporates mind and body wellness into her practice, helping people to achieve holistic positive changes in their lives.

Kelsi works 4 days a week in the Campbell River office.

 

Graham Walker, MA RCC - Counsellor        graham

 

Graham holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. Graham is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and has been counselling in various capacities since 2006.

Graham’s areas of clinical specialty include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and stress management. He works with adults and youths, and has experience working in individual, couple, and group counselling settings. He uses a humanistic, client-centred approach in his work, and also employs cognitive behavioural and solution-focused therapeutic techniques.

Through his graduate research, Graham has developed a special interest in mindfulness-based practices for the promotion of higher levels of personal potential.

Graham works in our Campbell River office.

  

Tara Hope, MA, RCC - Counsellor        Tara Photo

Tara is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She works with men, women,youth, children, couples and familiies who are seeking peace with themselves and others.  A Certified Teacher and former School Counsellor, Tara has many years experience working with children and families.

Tara uses a collaborative, individualized approach as a counsellor.  Sessions are solution-focused with the aim of clearly identifying what the issue of concern is, finding useful strategies to address the issue and devising a plan to put those strategies into practice in real life.  Tara always aims to include important aspects of her clients' lives to assist in the healing and change process.  This may include cultural, spiritual or religious elements depending on the individual.

Areas of special interest are eating disorders, addiction (substances and behavioral), emotion regulation, conflict resolution and parenting.  She has two young adult children with her husband of over 20 years.  She has facilitated many groups, delivered presentations and workshops and places a high value on humanistic, holistic counselling practices

Tara works two days per week in our Comox office and two days per week in our Campbell River office.

 

Helen Peters, MC, RCC - Counsellor

Helen offers counselling to employees and families of our member companies with worksites located in the Lower Mainland. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, working in the field since 2002. Her areas of interest in counselling are family relationships, stress management, depression/anxiety and addictions.

 

Natalie Maga, B.Sc - Office Administrator

Natalie  holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a Psychology major.  As the Office Administrator, Natalie plays a significant role in the running of the office as well as often being the first contact when you call or visit.  If you have any questions about UICS, would like to make an appointment or would like more information on how the service and counselling works, she will be happy to speak with you.

 

 

Betty Ann Adamo - Administrative AssistantBetty Ann Adamo

Betty Ann shares the reception and administrative duties with Natalie, working Monday & Wednesdays and taking care of the office when Natalie is away on holidays.

 

 

 

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