Let's work together.

Introducing our dedicated community of counsellors…

Farrell Elliott DKATI, RTC (They/Them)

Farrell Elliott is a non-binary art therapist, who is deeply passionate about assisting individuals on their paths of self-discovery. With over 14 years of experience working with children and youth, Farrell possesses a well-rounded understanding of their needs and the dynamics of peer interactions.
In their practice, they are firmly committed to an anti-oppressive framework that ensures a warm and inclusive environment for everyone, including members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community and those who live with disabilities. They create a welcoming space where individuals can freely explore various aspects of their identity, disabilities, ways of existing in the world, and personal boundaries. They foster a “brave” space, where open conversations about challenging topics are encouraged, and honest feedback is provided.

During sessions, a dynamic environment that accommodates different needs is provided. There’s a space for high-energy children/youth, one where they can express themselves through art, and areas for more introspective children/youth seeking a quiet presence to find comfort as they reflect on their art. 

Their passion also extends to assisting individuals grappling with questions of identity, particularly those exploring the timeless question, “Who am I?” Through the use of metaphor and creative expression, Farrell guides clients in recognizing the pieces of their life’s puzzle. 

Farrell’s educational background includes a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. Furthermore, they have pursued advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the University of the Fraser Valley, seamlessly integrating mindfulness practices into the therapeutic journey.

Together, explore the transformative power of art therapy, celebrating your unique story and identity.

Rachel Deline, MSc, RCC (she/her)

With almost 10 years of counseling experience, Rachel supports youth, adults, and couples with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship concerns, and family breakdown. Her collaborative approach leaves clients feeling better, and developing a greater connection to themselves and others.

Additionally, Rachel has a specialization in disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image concerns. She supports her clients in learning new ways to connect with their body, exploring body image, eating habits, and recovery.

Rachel draws from her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

She also offers clinical consultation and supervision, valuing the ongoing development and support of her peers.

Kathryn Schmidt, MA, CCC (she/her)

I am an Art Therapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor. I hold a B.F.A. from Simon Fraser University (2009) and an M.A. in Art Therapy (2016) from Concordia University.

I specialize in art and play based therapy for neurodivergent toddlers, kids and teens with ASD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, PDA, SPD, anxiety, and depression.

I use a client-centred, strength-based, and neurodiversity-affirming approach to address therapeutic goals such as increased insight, emotional expression/ regulation, executive functioning and better attunement and attachment between caregivers and their children.

I have received training in both Art Therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy and my practice is rooted in social justice, disability rights and informed by over 10 years of working in the disability community.

I provide clinical consultation and supervision, valuing the ongoing development and support of colleagues and peers.

Kí Speer, MSW, RSW (pronounced "Kai", they/them) - Co-Founder/Director

Not currently accepting clients.

I am here to support you and your mental health, by working with the whole you and the tools that fit best for you. In taking this holistic, person-centred approach, my intention is to help you heal, grow and be you with greater ease, health and happiness.

My practice is informed by both personal and professional experience working with the gifts and challenges of neurodivergence, survival, and being true to oneself while living in a world that doesn’t always celebrate or welcome ‘difference’. I especially love working with children, youth and families to support healthy development and self-esteem. Here, one’s unique strengths, traits, identities and values are honoured at the heart of this work and provide a springboard for growth. 

I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary (2013). I am a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Direct Neurofeedback Clinician, and have advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and trauma treatment. I completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hons.) in Biology and International Community Development (2006), as well as Social Work (2008), and have been supporting children, youth, adults and families in their communities and therapeutically for over 20 years in various roles. I am passionate about social justice and committed to anti-oppression work. 

In my free time, I love to hike, run, dance, adventure, learn, dream and play with my family and friends.

Teri Palmer, MSW, RSW (she/her) - Co-Founder & Therapist

Not currently accepting clients.

I will be on a leave from clinical practice as of June 2024.

With a focus on individuals (15 and up), couples and families, I work with you to resolve overwhelming emotions, anxiety, depression, strained relationships, infidelity, reactivity, problem behaviours, self-harm, suicidal ideation, harmful past experiences and trauma. Empowering you to feel a greater sense of well-being, fulfillment, and deeper connection with your loved ones.

With over 10 years of experience and training in self-compassion, mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, I collaborate with you to find the best approach to support your goals and make lasting change.

I have a special interest in working with couples and partnerships of all orientations and constellations.  I support you and your person/people to resolve conflict, increase sexual intimacy, improve communication, and deepen your connection.

 

Sherina Holmes, MSW RSW (She/her)

My work is primarily focused on working with children (5+ years), youth, and adults who are seeking support in moving forward from past trauma as well as those who are wanting to learn how to cope with anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, self-esteem issues, and overwhelming emotions such as anger.
 
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an evidenced based therapy proven to help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Substance use issues and more. I use a variety of different approaches depending on what is the best fit for my clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Emotions Focused Family Therapy.
 
I received my Masters of Social Work from UBC in 2014 and I have spent the last 10 years working with a variety of populations in the mental health and substance use field. What is at the core of my work is first understanding and connecting to the individuals I work with and then collaborating on goals for change and growth.

Kenton Falls (he/him), MEd. RCC

Kenton has a special interest in working with youth, adults, men and relationships. He collaborates with clients to develop resilience, greater emotional expression and healing. After years of teaching, Kenton pursued his Masters in Education (School Counselling) to offer greater clinical support to youth. He has continued to expand his scope to include relationships, youth and adults.  Kenton is person-centered, collaborative and relational in his practice. He works from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and attachment orientation. He is trained in Emotional Freedom Technique to help calm sensations in the body, regulate the nervous system, and manage distressing emotions and thoughts.

In addition to offering counselling through Treehouse, Kenton spends his weekdays working with youth as a school teacher/counsellor.

Kenton is described as gifted in attunement, relational in his practice, and dedicated to supporting clients.

Anika Ursuliak, MSW, RSW (she/her)

Everyone has a life journey that is special and unique to them. From birth to being a centenarian, I love being invited to be a part of someone’s journey wherever they are in life. As a counsellor, the most rewarding part about working with people of all ages is it allows me to be creative and diverse with my counselling skills.

Being kind and loving to ourselves and recognizing our inner strengths is at the core of my practice. I am here to provide a safe space for you or your child to share, talk through or play through the things that hinder living your fullest lives as individuals or as a family.

I draw from Play Therapy, Inner-Child Healing, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered and Culturally Safe Practice.

As a childhood Cancer Survivor, I have a special place in my heart not only for children/youth with a medical, cognitive, or mental health diagnosis but for their siblings and parents too.

I am excited to join Tree House Therapy’s team of kind, caring and skilled professionals. I look forward to working with you on your healing journey.

Amber Hitchen (she/her), MSW, RSW

Hello! I’ve had the privilege of working alongside children and families for the last 20 years, specialising in counselling those with learning differences, such as Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and developmental delays. My passion is empowering individuals and families to rediscover their strengths, face their fears, and experience more joy in their lives. I utilize puppets, art mediums, story-telling, neuroscience-based education, sand tray with figurines, and generally creative approaches to address challenging problems. Children learn to identify feelings, express themselves, and connect to their innate wisdom through play, and providing these mediums allows them more tools or ‘language’ to process and make meaning of their lived experiences. Areas where I may apply this support include: identifying and regulating emotions, managing anxiety, navigating grief and loss, and adjusting to life changes so that children can participate at home, school, or in social life with more confidence and strengthened relationships. In addition to a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria, I have training in Expressive Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

The most successful interventions with children come when we work together as a team. With regular communication and your participation, we can build on your child’s lagging skills, celebrate their successes, and help guide them toward healthy change and growth. You can expect a warm, non-judgemental welcome and a safe, supportive space for your child to be themselves and tune into their inner strengths and shining light. I look forward to meeting you!