A treehouse represents the deepest desires of childhood: a place where we find comfort, safety, security and freedom

At Treehouse Trauma Centre, we help children, teens and adults overcome the hardships—trauma, abuse, anxiety or stress—that keep them from living fully. Our person-centred, humanistic approach helps adults and children break out of unhealthy relationship patterns that undermine their inner strength and equips them to move forward with security, certainty and joy

Everyone deserves a place to be themselves.

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Meet the Team

Chris Rensch, MA RCC

Owner, Child and Trauma Therapist

Specializing in therapy for children of all ages and adults affected by trauma

Chris Rensch, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the owner of Treehouse Trauma Centre. He specializes in trauma therapies, with a highly client-centred approach. He helps young children, teens and adults who’ve experienced trauma or abuse to move beyond their experience to a place of security, certainty and joy.

Chris also offers services in German

About Chris


Chris has a lifelong passion for helping kids overcome hardship—from trauma, abuse, anxiety or even the daily stress that comes from living in unprecedented times. Taking a humanistic, person-centred approach, Chris helps children and adults become the best version of themselves. His goal is to give new hope to kids, and their parents, as he helps them on the path to healthy, full relationships. Chris earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), a BA (Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and a Human Services Certificate from Trinity Western University. He has specialized training in two specific trauma therapies: Lifespan Integration and Observed & Experiential Integration. Driven by a desire to see healing at every stage of life, Chris helps people overcome past trauma and pain and move forward in healthy, full relationships.




Approach to Therapy


To help children and adults get unstuck and move beyond abuse or trauma, Chris takes a bottom up approach. This client-centred, attachment-informed focus is rooted in the belief that all people have the inner ability to help themselves and to create lasting change. In adults and older children, Chris uses talk therapy. In the case of acute or intense memories or backgrounds, he offers specific trauma therapies. For young children, he uses play and art in a mostly child-led approach. These approaches help adults and children break out of unhelpful relationship patterns that undermine their inner strength—and equip them to move forward with healthy attachments and firm relationships.





 
Alexandra Collins,
MA CCC RCC

Trauma Therapist

Specializing in therapy for youth, adults, families, and intimate partners

Alexandra Collins, MA, is a Canadian Clinical Counsellor. She specializes in trauma therapy from a client-centred humanistic approach.  She believes in working with the uniqueness of each youth, adult, family, and intimate partnership; tailoring services to the individual needs of the client.

About Céliane


Born in the Québec countryside, Céliane grew up in a busy household as the second oldest of five siblings. She believes in each person’s individuality regarding how they experience, desire, and strive for wholeness and health. She deeply values holistic wellbeing and believes that connection, authenticity, compassion, and empathy can foster healing and wholeness.

Introvert by nature, she enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking or climbing, learning languages, making a mess in the kitchen or on a canvas, or entering fictional worlds printed in a book or projected on a screen.




Approach to Therapy


Céliane strives to invite clients to explore their unique and personal experiences in a safe and open environment. She considers individuals as relational beings in constant interaction with themselves, others, and the world – emotions, values and spirituality included – while on a quest for wholeness, balance, and health; a process which can also be disrupted by traumatic experiences.

Drawing from a humanistic-existential approach, she strives to help individuals move toward (re)connection. She also draws from other therapeutic perspectives, including Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Narrative therapy; Gestalt therapy; Emotionally-Focused Therapy; play and art therapy.





Diana Ayres, MA RCC

Trauma Therapist

Specializing in therapy for youth and

young adults

Diana Ayres, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She specialises in anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, life transitions and women issues, including prenatal and postpartum challenges. Working from a person-centered approach, she provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore personal challenges and difficulties. 

About Chris


Chris has a lifelong passion for helping kids overcome hardship—from trauma, abuse, anxiety or even the daily stress that comes from living in unprecedented times. Taking a humanistic, person-centred approach, Chris helps children and adults become the best version of themselves. His goal is to give new hope to kids, and their parents, as he helps them on the path to healthy, full relationships. Chris earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), a BA (Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and a Human Services Certificate from Trinity Western University. He has specialized training in two specific trauma therapies: Lifespan Integration and Observed & Experiential Integration. Driven by a desire to see healing at every stage of life, Chris helps people overcome past trauma and pain and move forward in healthy, full relationships.




Approach to Therapy


To help children and adults get unstuck and move beyond abuse or trauma, Chris takes a bottom up approach. This client-centred, attachment-informed focus is rooted in the belief that all people have the inner ability to help themselves and to create lasting change. In adults and older children, Chris uses talk therapy. In the case of acute or intense memories or backgrounds, he offers specific trauma therapies. For young children, he uses play and art in a mostly child-led approach. These approaches help adults and children break out of unhelpful relationship patterns that undermine their inner strength—and equip them to move forward with healthy attachments and firm relationships.





Jason Lesser, MA RCC

Child and Trauma Therapist

Specializing in therapy for youth, adults and families 

Jason Lesser, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with specialized experience in concurrent concerns, including substance abuse as it intersects with trauma. He believes in the innate dignity and resilience of the human spirit and works with youth, adults and families to help them utilize their unique strengths to reclaim their lives.

About Jason


A husband and father of two, Jason has a passion to support others in reconciling the hardships of their lived realities with their propensity toward human flourishing. This led him to earn his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Trinity Western University in 2015.

Much of Jason’s practice is devoted to supporting adolescents, adults and families as they work to overcome the obstacles that leave them feeling stuck. His primary focus is to address mental health concerns as they coincide with substance abuse—with a focus on supporting those dealing with the burden of past trauma. Jason also supports families impacted by these and other concerns.




Approach to Therapy


In his counselling approach, Jason believes that emotions aren’t just important factors in our lives—they are key to who we are. Emotions inform our goals, needs, decision making, global sense of wellbeing, sense of ourselves, and our identity in relationships.

While he identifies most with the theory and practice of Emotionally-Focused Therapy and its emphasis on attachment and bonding, Jason integrates modalities like Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, as well as couples and family therapies to promote individuals’ and families’ holistic wellbeing.





Roshni Gleitman,
MSW MC RCC

Online Therapist

Specializing in therapy for women and children

Roshni earned her Masters in Counselling from Trinity Western University and has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor for 17 years. She has worked with women and children who’ve experienced family violence—and with those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, burnout and boundaries, attachment and parenting struggles, identity and self-worth, and relationship repair.

About Chris


Chris has a lifelong passion for helping kids overcome hardship—from trauma, abuse, anxiety or even the daily stress that comes from living in unprecedented times. Taking a humanistic, person-centred approach, Chris helps children and adults become the best version of themselves. His goal is to give new hope to kids, and their parents, as he helps them on the path to healthy, full relationships. Chris earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), a BA (Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and a Human Services Certificate from Trinity Western University. He has specialized training in two specific trauma therapies: Lifespan Integration and Observed & Experiential Integration. Driven by a desire to see healing at every stage of life, Chris helps people overcome past trauma and pain and move forward in healthy, full relationships.




Approach to Therapy


To help children and adults get unstuck and move beyond abuse or trauma, Chris takes a bottom up approach. This client-centred, attachment-informed focus is rooted in the belief that all people have the inner ability to help themselves and to create lasting change. In adults and older children, Chris uses talk therapy. In the case of acute or intense memories or backgrounds, he offers specific trauma therapies. For young children, he uses play and art in a mostly child-led approach. These approaches help adults and children break out of unhelpful relationship patterns that undermine their inner strength—and equip them to move forward with healthy attachments and firm relationships.





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Our Junior Therapists &

Therapists in the Making

Céliane Gagné, MA 

Junior Therapist

Specializing in therapy for children and youth affected by grief and trauma

Céliane recently earned her Masters in Counselling from Trinity Western University. She focuses on emotional regulation, grief, and trauma, and has worked with children, youth, and adults. She considers that each individual’s experiences – emotional and cognitive – is unique and valid, and they can thrive when authentically connected to their self, others, and the world.

Céliane also offers services in French

About Céliane


Born in the Québec countryside, Céliane grew up in a busy household as the second oldest of five siblings. She believes in each person’s individuality regarding how they experience, desire, and strive for wholeness and health. She deeply values holistic wellbeing and believes that connection, authenticity, compassion, and empathy can foster healing and wholeness.

Introvert by nature, she enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking or climbing, learning languages, making a mess in the kitchen or on a canvas, or entering fictional worlds printed in a book or projected on a screen.




Approach to Therapy


Céliane strives to invite clients to explore their unique and personal experiences in a safe and open environment. She considers individuals as relational beings in constant interaction with themselves, others, and the world – emotions, values and spirituality included – while on a quest for wholeness, balance, and health; a process which can also be disrupted by traumatic experiences.

Drawing from a humanistic-existential approach, she strives to help individuals move toward (re)connection. She also draws from other therapeutic perspectives, including Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Narrative therapy; Gestalt therapy; Emotionally-Focused Therapy; play and art therapy.





Céliane Gagné, MA 

Junior Therapist

Specializing in therapy for children and youth affected by grief and trauma

Céliane recently earned her Masters in Counselling from Trinity Western University. She focuses on emotional regulation, grief, and trauma, and has worked with children, youth, and adults. She considers that each individual’s experiences – emotional and cognitive – is unique and valid, and they can thrive when authentically connected to their self, others, and the world.

Céliane also offers services in French

About Thea


From a young age Thea was attuned to the needs and emotions of others. She grew up understanding human connection to be a vital element to a person’s well-being and sense of self. Thea brings forth her genuineness and empathy to create a caring and nonjudgmental environment. When Thea is not counselling, she enjoys going on hikes and exploring the great outdoors. She also spends time reading, being active, or spending time with loved ones.




Approach to Therapy


Thea approaches each individual with curiosity, humility and a sense of privilege to be invited into their unique and sacred journey in life. She holds a deep belief and faith in each person’s inherent capacity to heal and create meaning.. She offers insight and support, while maintaining a warm, compassionate and safe space for clients to come as they are. Thea’s practice is primarily informed by Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) striving to provide corrective emotional experiences for clients. She draws from a relational and experiential lens, including attachment and trauma focused modalities, as well as Emotionally-Focused therapy (EFT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Thea also uses play and art therapy.





Thea Tharuma, BA
MA (In Progress)

Junior Therapist

Specializing in therapy for toddlers and young children affected by trauma, abuse and neglect, as well as learning and understanding emotions

Thea has finished her MA Counselling Psychology course work and is in the process of becoming registered. She has a passion in creating relationships that are built on safety and trust and seeks to provide spaces for others to feel seen and accepted. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and grief as well as complex trauma, abuse, and relational struggles. 

 

Thea also offers services in Tamil.

About Thea


From a young age Thea was attuned to the needs and emotions of others. She grew up understanding human connection to be a vital element to a person’s well-being and sense of self. Thea brings forth her genuineness and empathy to create a caring and nonjudgmental environment. When Thea is not counselling, she enjoys going on hikes and exploring the great outdoors. She also spends time reading, being active, or spending time with loved ones.




Approach to Therapy


Thea approaches each individual with curiosity, humility and a sense of privilege to be invited into their unique and sacred journey in life. She holds a deep belief and faith in each person’s inherent capacity to heal and create meaning.. She offers insight and support, while maintaining a warm, compassionate and safe space for clients to come as they are. Thea’s practice is primarily informed by Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) striving to provide corrective emotional experiences for clients. She draws from a relational and experiential lens, including attachment and trauma focused modalities, as well as Emotionally-Focused therapy (EFT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Thea also uses play and art therapy.





Hannah Raine, BA MA
(in progress)

Therapist in the Making

Specializing in therapy for children and youth affected by complex trauma

Hannah is in the process of completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. She has experience working with youth, adults and couples, working with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, boundaries, identity formation and self-esteem, as well as attachment and relational issues. 

About Hannah


From the beginning of her undergraduate studies in Psychology, Hannah has been fascinated by how relationships shape one’s sense of self and values our innate human need for connection at every stage of development. She values each person’s inherent worth and seeks to bring this into session in a non-judgmental and person-centred way. Hannah enjoys yoga and running, and spending downtime with her husband watching movies or going for hikes with their 3-year old labradoodle Polly.




Approach to Therapy


Hannah believes each of us from a young age holds the powerful ability to heal, and we understand ourselves and our abilities through experiences in relationship. Sometimes experiences in life and trauma place barriers between who we truly are, and who we have had to become in order to survive, and so Hannah seeks to provide clients an empathic and emotionally-attuned space where they may connect more deeply with their true authentic selves. Hannah operates with an attachment and trauma-informed lens, drawing from a number of largely experiential modalities like Emotionally-Focused therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, play and art therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).





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Our Administrative Staff

Renée Mair

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

About Renée

From a young age Renée has loved numbers, organizing and office supplies, so her role at Treehouse is a perfect fit. Renee has over 15 years of experience in administrative and bookkeeping roles and enjoys working behind the scenes to help the office run smoothly. Working with a great team of therapists as they seek to help people find healing in their lives brings Renée joy and fulfillment. 

 

When Renée is not busy balancing the books or pestering therapists for paperwork, she enjoys creative projects, trying to keep plants alive, thrift store shopping, and most of all, spending time with her husband and two children playing games or enjoying the outdoors. 

Land Acknowledgement

The staff of Treehouse Trauma Centre acknowledges that we offer our services on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Kwantlen Katzie and Semiahmoo and Matsqui First Nations.

We respect the land and honour this tradition of land acknowledgment that dates back centuries for Indigenous people. With this acknowledgment, we thank those Indigenous people who still live on and care for these lands.

 
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