Associate Counsellors

David Chang, Ph.D., RCC (he/him)

As a counsellor, I am committed to making a safe space to explore life’s challenges. I believe in each person’s inner strength, the wisdom hidden in every difficulty. As an educator and scholar, I have experience in mindfulness practice, philosophy, and person-centered therapy. I am committed to individual, collective, and ecological well-being, finding healing in forests, rivers, and wild spaces.

Anna Goren, MC, RCC, CCC, CPF (she/her)

I offer an open, safe, and relaxed space in which to explore and I meet clients with warmth and encouragement. My approach is collaborative and can be down-to-earth and practical or deeper and more nuanced, and/or a mix of the two. Clients often tell me how surprised they are to feel as comfortable as they do given the depth of our work. I have been an Associate counsellor with the Adler Centre since 2013.

Gabriel Hinojosa, MCP, RCC, CPF (he/him)

I am passionate about the well-being of people around me and the community at large. I am a kind, compassionate, and friendly individual. With my multidisciplinary degrees and experience, I bring to the counselling room a vantage point on many issues that facilitates understanding, enlarges possibilities, and encourages change. I am experienced counselling individuals, couples, and families. Languages: English and Spanish.

Claire Kimbley, MA, RCC (she/they)

My role as a counsellor is to offer you the acceptance that everyone deserves when they are weathering a difficult time, with the hope that compassion becomes a more familiar way of relating to yourself. I strive to provide a warm and caring environment where you feel free to share your experiences and be fully present with your emotions. I take an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and person-centered approach in my work. I am a cisgender woman and I am Indigenous, with mixed Metis Cree and settler ancestry.

Deborah Kong, MCP, RCC, CAC

I believe that one of the most important factors in positive therapy outcome is a strong and trusting relationship between counsellor and client. I work collaboratively with clients to understand patterns that might be holding them back, to find new perspectives, and more effective solutions. My goal is to help my clients regain a sense of personal power and courage to take on life’s challenges, and to lead a more satisfying life. I honour my clients’ trust in allowing me to accompany them on their journey of healing and discovery. Languages: English and Cantonese.

Kirsty Lewis, MC, RCC (she/her)

As a counsellor, I believe that we can all find a place of safety and belonging. There’s a place of calm and acceptance within us all, sometimes we just need help to locate it. At the Adler Centre I see people from a wide range of backgrounds hoping to find that place. I have been part of the Adler community now for 4 years as a counsellor. Approaches include: Attachment Theory, Adlerian Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, Mindful-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Nicole Mordant, MCP, MBA, RCC (she/her)

As a counsellor, I aim to provide a safe and collaborative environment where individuals and those in relationships can explore difficulties, develop a deeper understanding of themselves and open up to new possibilities. People come to see me due to concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, midlife transitions, loneliness and grief. My counselling approaches include Internal Family Systems (IFS), Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), attachment theory, and Jungian thought. For relationship counselling, I primarily use the Gottman Method.

Intern Counsellors

  • Yalda Ravanbakhsh
  • Jenna Kraychy
  • Vaishnavi Swaminathan
  • Bianca Guthrie
  • Catherine Munoz-Smith
  • Michelle Morris
  • Michelle Miller
  • Jason Currier
  • Laura Whiddon
  • Fabricio Moreira
  • Are all your counsellors Adlerian practitioners?

    No. While our clinic promotes Adlerian values of encouragement, social interest, and the human need to belong, it is not required that our counsellors have an Adlerian approach. For a list of Certified Adlerian Counselling Therapists (CAC), please see the Practitioners page.

  • How does the sliding scale rate work?

    The sliding scale rate is available on a case-by-case basis determined by employment status, income, and/or disability. The sliding scale rate is only available with our Intern counsellors. Please discuss your eligibility directly with your counsellor.

  • Can I choose my counsellor, see a list of counsellors, and/or have a free consultation?

    We will add you to our waitlist, including contact information and any relevant information or requests. We will try to match you with a counsellor that meets your requests. If you find that your counsellor is not a good fit, let us know and we can transfer you to a different counsellor.

    We do not offer free consultations. However, you can request to briefly talk on the phone with your counsellor once your counsellor has reached out to you to book an intake appointment.

  • Will my insurance / extended health cover counselling?

    Maybe. The Adler Centre does not directly bill to insurance providers. We will provide you with receipts which you can then submit to your extended health provider. If you are planning to use extended health, please make sure to check with your provider to see what kind of coverage your plan provides.

    All Associate counsellors have an RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor) or CCC (Canadian Certified Counsellor) credential. Our Interns are not registered counsellors but are under the clinical supervision of an RCC.

  • Do you offer in-person or remote sessions?

    Yes. We offer in-person or remote sessions, including video and telephone.