Our Clinical Focus
At Strength Counselling Services we provide a variety of options for holistic healing in the form of therapeutic practice through both in-office and E-counselling to any location worldwide with a clinical focus given to mental, emotional, and physical health.
With a diverse team of trained and registered clinicians we have worked with a number of client concerns including:
- body image issues
- maladaptive eating
- sexual behaviours
- marital discord
- family development
- parenting and child rearing
- family of origin issues
- rehabilitation from trauma
- life management issues
- emotional turmoil
- criminal rehabilitation
- suicidal ideation
- gender identity
- LGBTQ challenges
Amanda Poitras, M.Ed, RCC
Amanda graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2013 with a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology and in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling. She is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors; designating her as a registered clinical counsellor. She works within a trauma-informed transpersonal framework and specializes in addictions recovery, notably process addictions, such as eating disorders, and sexual addiction. Dr. Gary Tzu, Dr. Marcia Rich, and Dr. Steven Thibodeau are a few of the influential leaders she is honoured to have been educated by. At Strength Counselling, Amanda is responsible for ensuring quality delivery of care to clients through a staff of registered counsellors and social workers.
Dr. Kenneth Kunz
Clinical Navigator & Research Advisor
Kenneth Kunz is excited to join Strength Counselling Services to further his already rewarding career in scientific research and academic medicine. While in medical practice, Kenneth, who is in recovery himself, noticed that most of the chronic diseases burdening today’s society were actually the end result of untreated addictions, mental health issues, and related process disorders. For example, decades of smoking, the most prevalent addiction, will eventually lead to heart disease, stroke and cancer – the most prolific killers in the Western world. Kenneth is very interested in the biology of addiction, experiences, the shape the structure and function of our brains, and how these pieces ultimately give rise to motivations and actions that may prove harmful or even fatal. Kenneth’s greatest delight however is in serving as a companion and helper to those wishing, like him, to recover from addiction. He believes in a client-centred, strengths-based, trauma-informed, twelve-step approach to the treatment of addiction. Kenneth sees addiction as the single most common, most under-recognized, and most treatable of all human conditions.
Brittany Bannerman, M.Ed, CCC
Research Advisor & Counsellor
Brittany has a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology (Addictions and Mental Health) from the University of Lethbridge and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2012 with a B.A in Psychology and an M.Ed. in 2016. Brittany works within a trauma-informed transpersonal, existential, and humanist framework and is passionate about incorporating mindfulness and harm-reduction techniques into her practice. She believes in facilitating long lasting, transformative changes for her clients by promoting growth and acceptance. She also offers support and integration for those who have experienced spiritual emergencies or exceptional human experiences (e.g., awakening experiences, mystical and transcendent experiences, near-death experiences, etc.).
Ewan Kirkaldy, BSW, RSW
Ewan holds a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Victoria. He is also a registered social worker with the BC College of Social workers. For the past five years Ewan has held a number of different and diverse positions including counsellor, group facilitator, and housing support worker. Ewan works from a client centred, strength based approach, using a trauma informed lens. He specializes in working with addiction, and is able to draw from both personal and professional experience. Ewan believes in working holistically to improve vitality and quality of life in all areas. At Strength Counselling, Ewan is responsible for creating and delivering individualized programming for clients on his caseload.
Terra Janot, MEd., CCC
Terra holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology with a special focus in Mental Health and Addictions, as well as an undergraduate degree in Addictions Counselling from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. She is also currently registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Terra has been counselling for the last 8 years and specializes in working through a variety of topics, including: anxiety, depression, mindfulness, addiction, relationship concerns, and communication breakdown.
It is Terra’s belief that the most important quality about counselling is the relationship itself. “There is something incredible that happens when two people work through a problem together that initially seems impossible. In a way, it is the simple act of presence and togetherness that create the necessary environment for healing. The healing nature of community is something humans have experienced for countless generations, and is the same sacred gift that can be discovered during a counselling session.”
Jake Sombrutzki, BHSc
Jake has a Bachelors of Health Sciences (Addictions and Mental Health) from the University of Lethbridge. He utilizes CBT and DBT techniques in his counselling approach. Jake believes in incorporating eastern philosophy and mindfulness into his life and practises as a counsellor. He is currently working on developing research on counselling with gaming as the platform for reaching more populations who struggle with tradition therapy.
Rosa Toste D.Apc., CCPCPR(c)
Rosa is a passionate humorous being who has a knack for intuitively supporting those with eating disorder and body images issues throughout their recovery journey. Rosa has both personal and professional experience in the mental health and addictions field for almost 20 years and, specifically, with eating disorders for the past five years. Rosa’s person centered approach can assist clients to increase their knowledge, and alter their attitudes, and behaviors associated with disordered eating, body image issues, and any relatable dependency issues. Rosa is tenacious, kind and driven, and is committed to walking beside her clients through their process in the timeline that is necessary for optimal healing. “Together, we will collaborate on meeting achievable and realistic goals to a better you”.
Lisa Nixon, CPRC, CNRC
Lisa is a graphic designer and brand strategist by trade who has also worked in the field of mental health and addictions for over 12 years as a community engagement lead, administrator, group facilitator, and support staff. She is passionate about bringing to life the vision and dedication involved in the work we do at Strength Counselling. She is also a certified life, recovery, and nutritional recovery coach, a certified sound healing practitioner, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (c) in Victoria BC.