STEFAN KLIEWER – INTERIM DIRECTOR, Counsellor
I believe that each person is created with a purpose but that in the midst of life’s twists and turns it is not always easy to grasp hold of this understanding and put it into practice. My approach to helping in a counselling setting includes hearing your story with openness and curiosity. In partnership with you, I strive to re-frame your experience in order to search for a way to help you get back on track in doing what you have been created for! To achieve this I use a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, Person Centered Theory and more recently, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). For couples my work is informed by John and Julie Gottman.
What You Can Expect*
You can expect that I will listen to you with a non-judgmental attitude. I work hard at providing an environment where you feel safe, respected, and cared for. I believe strongly in coming along side you in your struggles by empathizing with your emotions and validating your responses. Once we have formed a relationship, you can expect that I will challenge you to consider new approaches to help you cope more effectively with the unexpected aspects of life.
I believe that we have been created to be in relationship with one another and this topic is one of my passions. As social beings, it is a natural and healthy part of life to have many different types of relationships. It is also normal for relationships to bring a certain amount of pain with them, and this pain can have a deep and long lasting impact. Whether you are coming to me for relationship counselling or not, you can expect that I will inquire about the healthy and unhealthy relationships that you have had in your past and the way that these have shaped the person that you are today!
I completed my Masters of Arts in Counselling, at Providence Seminary in 2015, and I am currently a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have also completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course in 2012, (Refreshers in 2014, and 2021), and the Gottman Approach Level 1 and 2 in 2018. In 2019 I completed the EMDR basic training program and am excited to be able to integrate this approach with my work.
In the process of completing my education I worked as a support worker with youth and adults who had developmental and/or learning disabilities. After graduation I spent two years at Canadian Paraplegic Association working with individuals and families who had experienced loss as a result of a spinal cord injury. I am currently a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
*Stefan is accepting new clients at this time.
ASHLEY KLASSEN – DIRECTOR (CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
What you can Expect*
As your counsellor, my desire is to help and serve you with kindness, compassion, and gentleness. With kindness, I will strive to create a safe space where you feel comfortable, listened to, and accepted. With compassion, I will listen to you and work together with you in pursuing positive changes in your life. With gentleness, I will help you move towards greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and healing.
I value the unique needs of each individual and will collaborate with you in order to provide the counselling method most helpful to you. To accomplish this I use an integrative approach, which means I draw on elements from a variety of theories and techniques, including: Art, Attachment, Cognitive-Behavioural, Developmental, Dialectical-Behavioural, EMDR, Emotion-Focused, Family Systems, and Person-Centered.
My formal education and training includes an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling, The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Art Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Since beginning counselling at Turning Point in 2013, I have helped individuals struggling with the following: anxiety, depression, coping skills, emotional pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relational difficulties, suicidal thoughts and feelings, self-esteem, self-harm, stress, and trauma.
*Ashley is not accepting new clients at this time.
eUNICE WIEBE – COUNSELLOR
Often when journeying through life there are disappointments, losses, relationship concerns and traumas that come our way. Life may not feel safe. Emotions may overwhelm any sense of peace or fulfillment and hope turns into despair.
My passion is to come alongside you who are hurting with compassion and grace. It is my desire to provide a safe place where you can be heard and known; a place to be curious about how life has impacted you. An increase in self-awareness and new perspectives will make a difference. Together we can process the stresses and traumas.
My approach is holistic and integrative since we are emotional, interpersonal and spiritual beings. A variety of theories (i.e., emotion-focused, attachment, developmental, cognitive-behavioural) provide the framework for developing new pathways to change and healing. Like a well rooted and nourished tree you can develop ways to stand and grow in the midst of the storms of life
My formal training includes an MA in Counselling, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Religious Education. I have also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Art Therapy, Emotion Focused Individual and Couples Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) has certified me as a therapist.
My personal experience of over 25 years of marriage and child-rearing (both biological and foster) has added to my formal education.
My counselling has involved helping those with depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, trauma, loss and grief, teen issues, and relationship conflicts in marriage and families.
* Eunice sees clients at the Niverville YFC location, and offers services to clients living in the surrounding area.
KATY HOLLANDER – COUNSELLOR
I have always been interested in connecting with people, hearing their stories, and walking alongside those who find themselves in difficult times. It is my desire to create a safe space in which clients can feel comfortable to be themselves, to share, and to be heard.
I believe that every person possesses inherent value regardless of what they have been through, their belief system, religious affiliation, or lifestyle choices. How we view ourselves can often have an impact on how we deal with difficulties in our lives, and it is my desire that clients come to the confidence of knowing their worth.
My approach is integrative which means I draw from many different types of counselling and psychological theories, approaches, and techniques. I have a tendency to be more hands-on, often incorporating creative elements such as art or play therapy, and other more “tangible” activities and exercises, depending on what interests the client and what they are comfortable with.
What You Can Expect
I recognize that each person is unique and therefore the process of change will look different depending on each person and their situation. An essential part of this process is building a strong collaborative relationship, which includes working together, feeling comfortable and free to express yourself within the counselling session, and understanding that I will challenge and encourage you towards new growth.
I view counselling as a process through which positive change can occur in an individual’s life, and I consider it a privilege to journey with people on this road towards health and healing in all areas of life, acknowledging the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of a person.
I am a certified professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. My formal education and training includes an M.A. in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary, as well as professional development in the areas of: Suicide Intervention/Prevention (ASIST), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), using art in therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I also have over 15 years of experience working with children and youth in ministry and non-ministry settings. I am currently engaged in furthering my education and awareness of Indigenous Peoples and Cultures in Canada through various training and learning opportunities.
Since beginning counselling at Turning Point in 2012, I have worked with both men and women of all ages, however I have a particular interest in the issues young people and their families bring to counselling. In my experience as a counsellor, I have worked with individuals struggling with the following: depression, thoughts of suicide, self-harm, anxiety, abuse, eating disorders, anger, family/relationship distress, self-esteem, emotional distress, and life transitions.
*Katy is currently accepting new clients.
tRACEY fRIESEN – COUNSELLING sTUDENT/INTERN
As a student of marriage and family therapy, I pay special attention to relationships and their effects on individual well-being. I take a wholistic approach to understanding people and consider biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors that may be contributing to both my clients’ struggles and their solutions. My approach is mainly conversational, though I also make space for expressive and active means of exploring stories and moving towards change.
What you can expect
You can expect me to be focused on YOU! I believe in the inherent dignity of all people and carefully consider your story and experiences in the therapy office as we develop solutions together. Therapy is a unique time and space for people to be completely themselves. It is my hope to provide a space of non-judgmental support to you as we collaboratively identify and work to overcome the obstacles in your life that have brought you to therapy.
I am currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program at Briercrest College & Seminary and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I am a student member of the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and I am working towards becoming a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT). My training is rooted in systemic theories and my skills are typically narrative, emotionally-focused and psychodynamic in practice.
* Tracey is currently accepting new clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
If you are a current client of Tracey’s you can book an appointment here or call our office at 204-669-4290