Meet the Therapy Team
Our Counselling and Wellness Team:
When you come to the Counselling and Wellness Centre at MDABC, you will be welcomed into a caring community where others like you are seeking to be empowered by therapeutic learning and sharing. The team at the Centre also work closely with the psychiatrists of the MDABC Adult Psychiatric Clinic with the goal of offering the most innovative and effective programming in the field of mental health. We all work together to meet the needs of the whole person which includes physical, emotional, social and creative dimensions.
Everyone who joins the staff and therapy team at our non-profit association is passionate about offering people a safe place to heal and grow. You will not find judgment here; we will instead express our admiration that you have had the courage to take steps in the direction of the life you want.
Jason Somersett, MA, RCC
Jason received his Masters in Counselling Psychology, and he is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has experience working with adults, youth, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, career and life transitions, chronic pain, ADHD, and self-harming behaviour. Jason uses an integrative approach that encompasses aspects of Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Observed Experiential Integration, depending on the needs and wishes of the client.
Jason states, "As a counselor, there is nothing more important than developing a trusting relationship with my client. Part of this responsibility is to foster an environment whereby the client feels safe to discuss issues that can be very difficult. Much of the work in therapy involves developing awareness; this includes recognizing personal strengths, as well as the patterns in situations, behaviors, thoughts and, emotions. It can take a great deal of courage and work to face these things, and I believe that it is an honor to be present with a client during this journey of self-exploration.
Outside of counseling, one of the things I enjoy is being active, which includes hiking along some of the great trails in BC with my dog."
Victoria Enns, MA, RCC
Victoria's Masters’ Degree in Counselling Psychology and background in preventative health provide her with unique insight into how the mind and body interact to produce wellness. Victoria uses an eclectic style of therapy, working primarily with person-centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Negative and self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are often cyclical and can make a person feel as though they are trapped. She states, “We spend so much time and energy locked in a struggle with ourselves, as if we could bully ourselves into healing. Imagine what life could be like if you were able to drop the struggle and invest that energy towards what really matters to you.”
Victoria has experience working with a variety of concerns, including anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar, trauma, life transitions, and gender identity. She believes that feeling good is much more than an absence of distress and challenges—it is the result of building a life that is meaningful and genuinely suits the individual who lives it. She guides clients to build on their strengths and face their issues through skill building, mindfulness, and breaking challenges into manageable steps.
Victoria states, “Individuals seeking therapy are incredibly diverse and I collaborate with each to create a unique treatment plan. However, almost everyone requires one thing to grow and heal: an environment that is safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Not only do you get to experience this through therapy, but you learn to create that environment within yourself. That’s when you become your own ally, and everything starts to change.”
Bessie Wang, MA, RCC (Not accepting individual clients)
Bessie Wang is a BC registered Clinical Counsellor. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SFU majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Gerontology and Human Development & Counselling. Before Bessie joined MDABC, she had experience working with individuals and families who are affected by a mental illness. She is experienced in working with individuals and families on issues such as anxiety and depression, grief and loss, marital conflicts, cross-cultural parenting and family relations. She believes in individuals' innate abilities to grow and live life to the fullest, which is demonstrated in her passion for sharing and promoting the knowledge of mental wellness.
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