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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

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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.

 
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Alexandra Collins,
MA CCC RCC

Child and 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 Alexandra

Alexandra believes in the uniqueness of every person, family, and intimate partnership, and incorporates this approach into her practice. With a lifelong passion for helping others, Alexandra has explored a variety of experiences before setting down roots in mental health. Her experiences are broad, which enables her to connect easily and hold unique spaces for others. 

Alexandra has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University, and a Bachelor of Arts Specialized Honours in Psychology from York University. She has a variety of specialized training in trauma including Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI), Lifespan Integration, and Sand Tray Therapy. With a passion for working with people at all stages of life, Alexandra journeys alongside to help others overcome past histories and patterns to create a more fulfilling future.

Approach to Therapy

Alexandra recognizes that individuals are shaped by their experiences; both in their control and those out of their control. Utilizing talk, experiential and play therapies, Alexandra uses a holistic approach that focuses on the relationships that individuals have with themselves, and with important people in their past as well as in their present. She meets individuals where they are and helps them understand how to make lasting changes in their lives.

 
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Derian Julihn,
MA RCC CCC

Youth and Trauma Therapist

Specializing in trauma therapy for youth and adults

Derian (he/him/his) earned his Masters of Counselling from City University. He brings with him almost 20 years of experience as a youthworker supporting vulnerable youth, young adults and their families. He specializes in working with youth and adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, shame, self-acceptance, addiction, trauma, abuse, and intrusive thoughts.

About Derian

Derian is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to thrive. Derian brings his unique mixture of courage, empathy, knowledge, and humour to his clients.

Approach to Therapy

Derian approaches therapy from a holistic perspective, drawing on the best of evidence-based counselling techniques and theories such as: Neuroscience, Attachment Theory, Intersectionality, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Internal Family Systems, Observe & Experiential Integration, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focus Therapy, and Mindfulness. Derian is passionate about working together with his clients to co-create a plan based on their specific needs, goals, and strengths. The therapies he uses are designed to empower and focuses on overcoming the stigma and blame that can be placed on us when we suffer and struggle with our mental health.

Derian believes that people are innately resilient and have access to everything they need to move towards healing and that it is the therapists role to help clients access and leverage this innate wisdom and ability located within. When it comes to trauma Derian believes the symptoms people bring to therapy are the result of having to adapt to the dangers in their world. This means that the things in your life that are sabotaging you, first developed to keep you safe and sane, even if now they have lost their usefulness.

Derian believes healing trauma involves three components: 1) Helping our nervous system to find it's calm grounded state. 2) Helping our brain integrate disturbing memories. 3) Finding compassion for the self-sabotaging ways we adopted survive.

 
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Marianna Kavanagh, MA CCC

Child and Trauma Therapist

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

Marianna earned her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University and has been counselling in private practice for over 10 years. She works with individuals of all ages and has many years’ experience in working with children and youth. Her specialization is in the areas of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, relationships issues, and spiritual concerns.

About Marianna

Marianna loves being given the opportunity to listen to a person’s story, to hear what has brought them to this present place, and to help them unravel whatever challenges they are currently facing. As pain becomes a part of everyone’s story at some point in their journey, it is good to have someone who can offer to be a guide. She considers it to be a privilege to be able to assume such a role. She trusts you will find her to be a compassionate, caring and gentle person as—together—you walk the path toward helping you experience greater freedom and healing in your life.

Approach to Therapy

Her approach is to seek to gain an understanding of the whole person, from a bio-psycho-social and spiritual perspective (i.e., the mind-body-spirit connection and how that influences all of our relationships). She works primarily from an Emotionally Focused Therapy approach, looking for the emotion behind the emotion and to the attachment issues that form the basis of this therapy. She also works from a person-centred perspective and incorporates aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative therapy and Play Therapy.

 
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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 Roshni

Roshni believes in the inherent worth of every individual and in our innate desire to become our best selves. In 2012, she earned a Masters in Social Work degree with a focus on mental health and healthcare—while juggling the responsibilities of a busy young family.

When she’s not creating a safe space for her clients, Roshni is making Play-Doh, picking toys up off the floor for the umpteenth time, or watching Curious George with her two young sons.

Approach to Therapy

Recognizing that each person’s journey to health and wholeness is unique and wholly their own, Roshni draws from a variety of therapeutic perspectives, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Gestalt Therapy; Emotionally-Focused Therapy; the Gottman method; the Satir method; Person-centred Therapy; and Play Therapy.

 
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Stephanie Hall, MA CCC

Online Therapist for Youth and Adults

Specializing  in Shame Resilience/Self-Compassion and Emotion Focused Therapies

Stephanie is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She provides support for people experiencing stress and shame-related issues such as relational trauma, anxiety, perfectionism, religious trauma/deconstruction, self-acceptance/compassion, life transitions, compassion fatigue, stress management, and more.

Stephanie also offers services in American Sign Language

About Stephanie

Stephanie's truest value is that all people are worthy of love and belonging and embarks to bring that sense of value to every session. Stephanie has always loved to read and has grown personally from many of the books she has read. She brings this into therapy by sharing about some of the books that have been most impactful to her with her clients. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology as well as several certifications in emotion focused therapies.

 

In her spare time, Stephanie loves to start a new audio book, make art or a craft project, get outside, practice American Sign Language, and tend to her plants.

Approach to Therapy

Stephanie integrates some of the most relevant elements from several theories to meet each client where they are in their journey. She always begins with building safety for vulnerability in this new counselling relationship which includes validation and some grounding/relaxation practices. Her work is highly influenced by the research, writing, and lectures on shame-resilience by Brene Brown. This work embodies the belief that we are all human - and therefore beautifully imperfect. That starting place is where humans can meet and see each other on our way to knowing we are worthy of love and connection - and therefore able to live with more growth, richness of life, and connection. Stephanie holds certification in Emotion Focused Individual Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. Through these lenses, Stephanie helps clients build rewarding relationships with their emotions; both internally and in the context of the relationships around them.

 
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Our Junior Therapists &

Therapists in the Making

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Erin Dass, MA RCC CCC

Junior Therapist

Specializing in  therapy for youth

and adults

Erin is a clinical counsellor with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has worked with youth and adults through individual, couples, and family counselling. She specializes in various areas such as stress, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, and personal growth and development.

About Erin

Erin grew up as a third-culture kid and from a young age, she observed that no matter the ethnicity, culture, religion, etc., humans were not created to be alone. She believes that healing takes place within relationships (with self, others, animals, etc.). In her therapeutic relationships, she meets people where they are at and walks with them where they want to go.

Outside of counselling, Erin is a photographer and children’s book illustrator. In her free time, she enjoys food, dogs, physical activity, and her friends & family.

Approach to Therapy

Erin comes from a culturally sensitive, attachment-based, and trauma informed perspective. Her approach to therapy is holistic and collaborative in nature. She adapts to a framework that would work best for the client. Erin draws from various therapeutic models such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and Expressive Play Therapy.

 
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Naina Menon, MA RCC

Junior Therapist

Specializing in complex trauma

Naina has completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology and recently  became a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She strives to create a safe space for those she interacts with.  She believes that the foundation for any long-lasting relationship is trust, authenticity and safety. She has experience working with both children and adults. Naina has worked with issues of anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, abuse, grief and trauma.

About Naina

Stemming from the culture she grew up in, Naina carries with herself the combination of a collectivistic and individualistic outlook. She aims to provide clients with a listening ear, and social support. She also works toward providing newer tools of adaptiveness, along with recognizing and polishing the tools that grow within. She hopes to create a safe and healthy space for clients, enabling them to explore and connect with their “true self”. As a counsellor, Naina is empathetic, curious and receptive and will act in accordance with the needs of her clients.

In her free time she likes to read, watch movies, play basketball and be with nature!

Approach to Therapy

Naina approaches therapy with an open and non-judgemental stance. She questions from a place of curiosity, to better understand her clients and their view of the world. Naina works from a Trauma Informed Lens as well as an Adlerian perspective. She believes you are your biggest and strongest resource. She views all clients holistically and works with them on all intersecting aspects of their life. Naina also uses tools from various other modalities, such as Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, among others, to help clients the way they want to be helped.

 
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Ian Fan, BA MA
(in progress)

Therapist in the Making

Specializing in therapy for children and adults growing through trauma, grief, and disconnection.

Ian is currently completing his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Trinity Western University. He has experiences from a diversity of helping roles in mental health and education working with young adults, adolescents, and children. Throughout these experiences, Ian emphasises the importance of co-creating courageous spaces founded on trust, warmth, and openness – spaces where self-compassion, curiosity, creativity, and connectedness flourish.

About Ian

Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

                                                  – Samuel Beckett

Inspired by these simple words, Ian treasures the inherent uniqueness of all human beings, a uniqueness that deserves to be witnessed in all its beauty and the growing pains that comes with its becoming. Ian strives to walk alongside individuals in their search for the apostrophe and the space that separates imperfect from I’m perfect.

Approach to Therapy

Ian holds the core belief that suffering is the experience of disconnection, be it with their loved ones, with their lived-worlds, or with themselves. As such, Ian’s approach draws from therapies that emphasis the importance of connection as a healing process. These theories include Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Existential Analysis (EA), and Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.

 
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Connor Green, BHK MA
(in progress)

Therapist in the Making

Specializing in therapy for children and youth

Connor (he/him) is currently completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

About Connor

With a background in Kinesiology, a framework of physical wellness informs his perspectives on mental health. The links between our minds and our bodies are captivating, and exploring just how connected these domains are is a passion of Connor's. He has worked extensively with kids and youth in the community and is looking forward to applying these experiences to the therapeutic context. 

 

When Connor isn't studying, you can find him running, golfing, hiking, or drinking a cup of coffee

 

Approach to Therapy

Coming to the counselling office takes courage and bravery, and Connor is looking forward to honouring this process through a person-centred and attachment-informed approach. With extra training in synergetic play therapy, an integration of neurobiology and regulation contribute to a deeper understanding of the client's needs. A posture of curiosity creates a space where growth and healing can occur. 

 
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Our Administrative Staff

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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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