The Bonsai g’bye

  Natalie finished her internship with us yesterday.  She began seeing clients in fall. As interns are, she was eager to learn how therapy works in a therapy room after spending countless hours learning about therapy in a classroom, reading about it in books, and writing papers about it. Natalie soaked up the learning. Her …

Heartbreaking News: Former Therapist, Rod Minaker

It is with heartfelt sadness that we grieve with the family of Rod Minaker, on his death last week. Rod worked with our counselling agency, at what was then known as Bergen and Associates Counselling starting mid-2007, and except for a brief break, worked with clients at our offices until 2014. Our hearts break at the …

Platforms for voices

One of the cool things about being director and therapist at Conexus Counselling is I meet people I wouldn’t otherwise meet.  I do meet courage, remarkable people who have the strength to be vulnerable to deeply explore their stories with me–that’s true…but I’m talking about other opportunities. I know I learn so much from reading …

Introducing…Tami Shahnawaz

This week we welcomed a new therapist to our office.  Tami is new to our office, but familiar and respected amongst professionals in our city. Tami Shahnawaz has been working in the city for a few years…and we’re thrilled that she is joining us. There’s a couple of things that I’ve already noticed about Tami: …

Leadership, Loyalty, and My Very Good Luck

Preface…I (Carolyn) wrote recently about the great team I work with every day at Bergen and Associates Counselling…and I used a story of Lindsey as an example of the quality of people I interact with.  A solid team of therapists that supports and builds each other up, makes for better therapy for clients, I think. …

Introducing…Carolyn Klassen

This is not your typical “introducing our newest therapist/intern” blog.  I’m introducing me…my new name. Same therapist…different name.  Used to be Carolyn Bergen. Now…Carolyn Klassen. I got married in April.  And when I got home from my honeymoon, I was still a Bergen… You see, I got a whole new pack of Junior Tribe Members …

Introducing Heather and Lindsey

I love my job, for multiple reasons…the well appointed offices, the smooth systems we’ve now got running like a well oiled machine, the clients who bravely show up to tell their stories ready to wrestle with new insights and move forward with courage.    We are all far from perfect, but we show up anyway …

A person is more than their behaviour

I spent some time with Deanna Carpentier the other day and we were talking about her work with adolescents. One of her special interests in working with teens…and we’ve seen a lot of teens flock through our doors to see her. Deanna doesn’t try to be a teen…and just “being herself” works.  She connects with …

Meet Sabrina Friesen

I’ve known Sabrina for years…since around the time she started her Master’s in Counselling.  I’ve heard about her papers and her practicums and her arduous adventures of being a counselling student, as an acquaintance already in the field who followed her aspirations with interest. Even before she had all the training, I just had a …