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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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Marianna Kavanagh, 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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Our Junior Therapists &

Therapists in the Making

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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 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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Thea Tharuma, MA

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 completed  her Masters in Counselling Psychology 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.





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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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Derian Julihn, MA

Junior 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 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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Anika Sawatsky, BA MA
(in progress)

Therapist in the Making

Specializing in working with parents and neurodivergent children and youth

Anika is in the process of completing her Masters of Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. She has experience working with parents, couples and families, working with issues related to parenting, relationships, neurodiversity, depression, anxiety, and complex trauma.

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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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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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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