Heartwood's Founder and Owner
B.Ed., M.Ed. (School Counselling), RCC
Katie is passionate about helping families build meaningful connections. She works to empower children and parents through mutual respect, empathy, and effective therapeutic practices. Katie fosters a safe, secure space for families to share their hopes, challenges, and successes.
Katie is known for her skills in forging strong relationships. She believes in helping children develop a strong, confident voice, and excels in facilitating balance and harmony for families facing challenges. Her areas of strength include Narrative and Play Therapy, child advocacy, and parenting skills.
B.A., M.C., CCC
Darcie is inspired by the resiliency that can be found in people from all walks of life, and in every corner of the globe. She believes there is strength to be found in everyone: that sometimes it just takes a nurturing hand,
an understanding ear, and an open heart to create opportunity for individuals to find what is innately within themselves. It is through genuine connections and feelings of care and compassion that individuals can begin to feel worthy and cared for, capable of achieving their goals, and improving their sense of well-being. Darcie values the therapeutic relationship and the importance of creating a safe space where clients can explore and challenge themselves.
In addition to working with couples, children and youth, Darcie is particularly passionate about providing competent support for queer and trans folks. Her counselling approach is relational and integrative, most closely aligning with person-centred theoretical ideas and concepts. Darcie strongly believes in the power of being present for the client, providing them with care, empathy, compassion, genuineness, and positive regard. Throughout the counselling process Darcie also utilizes approaches such as CBT, SFT, mindfulness, art, and play therapy techniques.
B.A. (Psychology), M.Ed. (Applied Behaviour Analysis), RCC
Becca is dedicated to working with children, youth, and families of all walks of life. She believes in working collaboratively with families to identify their personal and family goals. Becca has experience working with both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals and enjoys learning from the perspectives of those with whom she works.
When working with children, Becca uses a play based approach, incorporating positive behaviour support and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Becca also enjoys working with teens and young adults. She believes in using evidence based practices while maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship. Becca is a Category A Behaviour Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers.
Jessica Jardine (she/her)
BAJS (BA in Justice Studies), MACP (Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology), RCC
Jessica is a relationship-driven counsellor and educator that works from a person-centered lens to connect adults, youth and children with their best selves.
Jessica has a passion for social justice, and believes we all deserve to live happy, fulfilled lives. This includes advocating for the rights of neurodivergent as well as disabled individuals, promoting body positivity and speaking out about the importance of national reconciliation and healing within our country. Jessica recognizes that she lives and works on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lkwungen-speaking peoples and that she has a role in reconciliation.
Jessica is passionate about working with neurodivergent, trans, and queer folx. Jessica believes in the power of ‘undoing the aloneness’ in counselling through compassion, empathy and genuine presence. Jessica uses a holistic approach to connect the mind and body with combination of narrative therapy, mindfulness, AEDP, CBT, DBT and somatic techniques.
B.Ed., M.Ed. (School Counselling), RCC
Meagan is a counsellor because she is passionate about helping families get the most out of life. She believes that everyone has the strength within themselves to overcome life’s hurdles and succeed in their chosen path. As a mother to two young children, Meagan flourishes when supporting families and children as they grow and develop together. Meagan has taught and counselled in Elementary Schools for the past 10 years which has allowed her the privilege to help many children and their families in the Greater Victoria area.
Meagan approaches counselling through an empathetic lens, choosing a method that suits her clients and offers opportunity for growth. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to: anxiety support, developing social skills, and emotion management. When Meagan is not working, you can find her riding her bike around town, walking her dog and taking her kids to the beach.
B.Ed., Master Facilitator, Resilience @ Work practitioner,
Certified Coach (in progress), Neural Energetic Wiring Practitioner (in progress),
EFT Practitioner (in progress), Hypnotherapist (in progress)
Katie Brand is a coach, facilitator, and educator. As a certified teacher and seasoned facilitator, she helps both individuals and businesses leverage their strengths. Katie offers the following services:
· 1:1 Coaching
· Group Coaching Programs - Signature programs: Discover & Leverage your Strengths, Design your Life, and Resilient You
· Training Programs and Workshops
· Resilience Coaching, Training and Assessments – for individuals, leaders and teams (certified Resilience@Work practitioner)
Katie is a certified K-12 teacher. She pivoted her career to adult education and training after some health challenges. Katie is a learning and development specialist who creates curriculum and facilitates staff training, leadership training, and other various learning and development programs.
MSc, MOCC, RCC
Panida has worked with youth, adults, couples, and families who face a range of mental health and relationship concerns such as anxiety, depression, traumas, dissociation, family/marital/couples conflict, workplace conflict, life transitions, self-esteem, identity, problematic eating behaviours, grief and loss, and spiritual development.
She takes on a strength-based and culturally sensitive approach to help clients understand challenges presented, explore the underlying issues, develop new skills and capacities, support them through changing and healing processes, and facilitate growth. It is empowering each unique therapeutic journey by finding and focusing on clients inner strengths and reconnecting with their authentic selves.
Panida is interested in issues arising from childhood trauma, relational trauma, and unresolved grief. Trauma can be difficult to recognize because it can manifest differently for each client ranging from mental, emotional, physical, behavioural, to relational reactions to trauma. It often goes hand-in-hand with relationship issues and other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as physical health problems. Panida helps her clients with addressing the comprehensive impact of unresolved trauma and grief on their lives. She collaboratively works with her clients in a safe, trauma-informed and creative non-intrusive way to promote improved holistic health.
BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Amanda brings 10 years of social work practice to her relationships with clients. She has worked with individuals and families, providing casework and psychotherapy. Amanda holds hope for her clients’ futures when they struggle with finding hope for themselves. She also believes everyone can live a full, meaningful life regardless of their barriers and stressors.
Amanda works with clients (and their families) of all ages, with goals of addressing mental distress. She has a practice interest in working with people going through transitions, such as becoming a parent, infertility, addressing a loss or grieving, being overwhelmed with responsibilities, or returning to work. Amanda also maintains a practice interest in supporting men addressing complex situations, such as the transition into fathering.
Amanda’s practice style is compassionate but direct. She eclectically incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy and brief (solution focused) therapy, into her sessions. She strives to ensure sessions are safe, comfortable and meaningful. Sessions can be conducted in person or virtually.
B.A. (Psychology), M.C., R.C.C.
Scott is a caring and knowledgeable counsellor who is dedicated to helping adults, youth, and families through challenging times and guiding them towards better futures. He works to create a safe and inclusive space for you to share your challenges freely and strategize on new possibilities.
Scott uses current evidence-based counselling practices to provide help with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, life transitions, trauma, discrimination, and other difficulties. He is known for his cultural and gender sensitivity and employs a person-centred approach to support his clients in their goals. Through collaboration, working with Scott can help provide you new insights, coping strategies, clarity on future directions, and better relationships. His compelling questions can help clients reconnect with their inner strengths while also challenging themselves to develop new skills and capacities.
B.Ed. (Learning Assistance), M.Ed. (Educational Technology)
Josh brings a passion for excellence to his role as an Athletic Performance Coach and Recruiting/Scholarship Consultant. As a former stand out at Oak Bay Secondary, Josh went on to play for the University of Victoria Vikes, where the team earned two trips to the National Championships. Josh went on to coach at Oak Bay for 12 years, winning two provincial championships, and sending 10 of his players on to compete at the CCAA, USports, and NCAA level.
Areas of focus for Josh's clients are:
- Goal setting
- Leadership development
- Mental toughness training
- Understanding the recruiting process
- Consent Training
- Handling the pressures of being a Student-Athlete