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 works 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.”
Lorilee Keller, Med, RCC
I’m Lorilee Keller, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from UBC. My approach combines trauma informed body- based psychotherapies, mindfulness, self compassion and shame resilience, and attachment theory. As your counsellor, I will walk alongside you, helping you to explore the deep-rooted patterns in your thoughts, body, and relationships that are keeping you stuck and preventing you from living a life that is purposeful and connected. Our work together might involve:
- reducing anxiety and stress to help you feel more grounded, more secure in yourself, and more relaxed in your mind and body.
- learning tools for coping with depression so that you can feel more engaged and present in your life.
- learning to set boundaries, recognize your own needs, and develop new relational patterns
- developing a healthy relationship with food and your body
- coping with perfectionism and developing more self compassion
- helping you to find more meaning, purpose, and joy in your life
I also have specialized training in eating disorders as well as reproductive and perinatal mental health including fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum.
Alexandra Regier, MA, MEd, RCC
Alex is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and obtained her Masters’ degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She brings her life experience and a background in working with LBGT+ individuals, chronic illness, and loss to her practice. Alex works with diverse individuals who are experiencing a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, self-esteem issues, interpersonal difficulties, and life transitions.
Alex’s approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and holistic (mind, body, spirit), incorporating Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and experiential techniques to accommodate the unique needs of each individual client.
Alex states, “Discovering that there is a different way to do things allows us the freedom to change and make healthier choices for ourselves. We all have the ability to move towards healing and self-acceptance and away from the old patterns of thinking and behaviour that bring pain. When we realize what is truly meaningful to us, and brings us joy, we are open to our genuine self. We are then able to re-direct our energy towards finding a deeper peace, greater life balance, and higher level of personal strength and contentment”.
Lori Damon, MA, RCC
Lori Damon, MA RCC - With over twenty years experience in the human services field, clinical counselor Lori Damon can provide advocacy and support for emotional and psychological struggles.
Lori earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vermont College of Norwich University. Lori has a wide range of counseling experience as she has worked in many different aspects of Human Service. She is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has completed training in trauma and critical stress debriefing.
Beth Horton, MEd, RCC
Depression and anxiety follow common patterns that keep us feeling trapped in discouraging ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Finding relief and a sense of freedom is possible through changing the way that we relate to habits of our minds and bodies. With openness and compassion, we can explore and gain clarity on what patterns are holding you back. Together we can build skills that increase your confidence in making changes that matter to you.
My intention is to support clients in living with a sense of personal power, self-acceptance, and balance. Wellness results from not only being able to effectively cope with challenges but also from being able to embrace the positive parts of your experiences. I see healing as a process of learning to let be what you cannot control, let go of unhelpful habits and let in beneficial experiences.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I use an integrative approach drawing largely from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT). Taking an anti-oppressive stance, I aim to understand the many influences that shape my clients’ challenges. I strive to shine light on their resiliency and potential for connectedness and growth. I am experienced working with clients addressing issues with depression, anxiety, emotional overwhelm, trauma, gender and sexuality, self-worth, and relationship challenges. I provide LGBTQQIP2SA+ competent services. When I am not counselling, you are likely to find me riding my bike, dancing, making art, hiking, cuddling with my cats or spending time with loved ones.