Counselling Services

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Our Locations

The Camp Kerry Society has a team of counsellors and therapists located all across Canada who specialize in helping those impacted by serious illness, grief and loss. Members of our team are currently available for online sessions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Fees

In order to sustain our professional services and programs for children, youth and families we request that all participants  make some level of program fee contribution. Our individual and family counselling rates are set in accordance with the recommended fee guidelines put forth by Canadian Associations of Clinical Counsellors ($130/hour). Many Extended Health Care Plans cover the fees of our Registered Clinical Counsellors.

For those in need of financial assistance, we are more than happy to talk with you about making a contribution that fits with your comfort level. This simply involves a short, confidential phone call to our office to discuss your concerns with our Administrative Coordinator. You can be assured that no individual or family is ever turned away from a Camp Kerry program or service due to an inability to pay.

Make An Appointment
For inquiries or to book an appointment please contact our Head Office by phone or email. Please note that initial phone consultations with our counsellors are provided at no cost.

604-553-4663

Counselling Appointment Inquiry

Our Team

The Camp Kerry Counselling Team is a group of interdisciplinary therapists with expertise, experience and skill in helping individuals and families navigate the “upside-down world” of life-threatening illness, grief and loss. We offer compassionate spaces where people can freely express their individual experiences and find connection with others who have faced similar life challenges. We believe deeply in the healing power of a compassionate community that brings facilitators and participants together into a shared human experience of belonging, as we search for meaning in our losses and find the hope we need to move forward.

Our Team

The Camp Kerry Counselling Team is a group of interdisciplinary therapists with expertise, experience and skill in helping individuals and families navigate the “upside-down world” of life-threatening illness, grief and loss. We offer compassionate spaces where people can freely express their individual experiences and find connection with others who have faced similar life challenges. We believe deeply in the healing power of a compassionate community that brings facilitators and participants together into a shared human experience of belonging, as we search for meaning in our losses and find the hope we need to move forward.

Dr. Heather Mohan

Dr. Heather Mohan

Clinical Counsellor

Dr. Heather Mohan, our organization’s Founder, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Accredited Music Therapist with more than 20 years of experience working with children, youth and families who are facing illness, grief and loss. She has created and facilitated Counselling and Expressive Arts Therapy programs at a number of places including; Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Lions Gate Hospital Palliative Care Program and Delta Hospice.

 

Joshua Dahling

Joshua Dahling

Youth Counsellor

Josh immigrated to Canada from Johannesburg, South Africa, during the Apartheid regime in 1980, and became a member of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation during adolescence. He has over 15 years of experience working as an Alcohol & Drug Counsellor practicing in the fields of Addictions, Mental Heath, and Child & Youth Care.

He has been a member of the Camp Kerry team since 2009 and is co-founder of the Camp Kerry Society. Josh currently serves as Director of Operations and Director of the Society’s Youth Services.

Tara Souch

Tara Souch

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Tara is a registered clinical counsellor with a Masters in Counselling from City University – Dr. Heather Mohan was one of her professors – and a Wilderness Leadership degree from Capilano University.

Originally from Ontario, and a camp-kid at heart, Tara brings vast experience of group facilitation and is excited to be a member of the Camp Kerry Society’s family.

She currently lives and works on the west coast of Vancouver Island on the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. In addition to her role with us as a counsellor and youth worker she has her own private practice, serves Pacific Rim Hospice Society, and works as an outdoor instructor with Outward Bound Canada.

Lately, her favourite activities are surfing her longboard and reading a good book on a cozy hammock. 

Luke Burton

Luke Burton

Registered Music Therapist

Luke is an Accredited Music Therapist and a singer/songwriter with many years of experience as a performer, therapist, group facilitator and community choir co-leader. He has worked as part of the Camp Kerry team since 2017.

Anne Leavens

Anne Leavens

Social Worker

Anne is a Registered Social Worker with a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement from the University of Western Ontario. Over thirty years, she has worked with groups and individuals struggling with grief, loss and many of the things humans struggle with. She lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario as a Clinical Counsellor at a children’s mental health agency. She got involved in Camp Kerry when it started in Ontario and she has facilitated groups there ever since. She has been involved in fundraising, administration and anything Camp Kerry is up to in Ontario because it is awesome.

Shelley Hermer

Shelley Hermer

Social Worker

Shelley is the Regional Manager for Camp Kerry Society in Ontario. She is a Registered Social Worker in Peterborough, Ontario, with over 20 years of experience as a Family Therapist, specializing in grief, attachment and loss, and in treating moderate to severe mental health in children within a family context. Shelley currently works on a Maternal Child unit at a Regional Health Centre with expertise in Paediatric Palliative and Perinatal Loss.  She is also working Part-time on her PhD in Canadian Studies (Policy) at Trent University, with a focus on child bereavement.  She has had a part-time private practise since 1997, and is now accepting Family Therapy referrals for grieving children and youth.  
Michael Fogel

Michael Fogel

Group Facilitator

Michael has worked with people at very difficult times of their lives for all of his working life.  He received his Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and has been working with individuals, couples and groups who are working to heal, repair and “rise above” painful and anguishing circumstances.

Michael’s husband of 27 years died in 2005.  His own grief and how it continues to evolve in his life serve him in his passionate desire to support others to find their own way to a peaceful, self-compassionate and loving relationship with grief and loss.  He believes that, when our hearts break, our hearts have the potential to break wide open and engage in the world with a loving kindness we may have never believed possible.

Samantha French

Samantha French

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Sam is a Clinical Counsellor who works with families to support them through difficult life changes. She is experienced in individual, couples, family and group therapies.

Sam has been involved with the Camp Kerry Society since 2013 both as a volunteer and facilitator of groups.  In addition to her devoted involvement to our programs in British Columbia, Sam has also been a valuable member of our team at Camp Kerry Ontario since 2018.

Alexina Davis

Alexina Davis

Registered Music Therapist

Alexina is an Accredited Music Therapist who has been singing with choirs since she was in elementary school. She currently leads the Society’s Community Choirs in two locations. Alexina began volunteering with Camp Kerry in 2014 and has been an integral part of the Community Choir since its inception in the fall of 2015.

Anne Walker

Anne Walker

Social Worker

Anne is a Registered Social Worker with over twenty years of experience working with individuals and families in the Health Care Field. She has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at St. Paul’s Hospital, Burnaby Hospital Cancer Centre, and at Delta Hospice. She currently runs the Camp Kerry Mindfulness Program for persons living with terminal illness, loss, and grief.

 

Margaret Fletcher

Margaret Fletcher

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Marg Fletcher is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 30 years of experience supporting people who are coping with serious illness, grief and loss. She has worked with the Camp Kerry team since 2012 facilitating grief counselling sessions for individuals and families and adult grief support groups. She is also an accomplished grief educator and has provided many workshops for Camp Kerry staff, volunteers and community members. Marg lives in Vancouver and is the proud mother of two adult daughters and a devoted grandmother to two little boys and two little girls.

Sophie Arkell

Sophie Arkell

Art Therapist

 Sophie is a professional art therapist that has been involved with Camp Kerry since 2017. She facilitates Camp Kerry’s art therapy programs and workshops, in addition to offering year-round, individual art therapy sessions to children and youth.
Tama Recker

Tama Recker

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

Tama has been connected with the Camp Kerry Society for many years supporting folks with Therapeutic Touch and facilitating groups. She has 20+ years working in different roles with people around serious illness, end of life, grief & loss, pet loss and other life transitions. Her counselling practice connects with mindfulness, compassion and wholeness. You can find out more about her at www.eagletreewellness.com.
Aspen Switzer

Aspen Switzer

Registered Music Therapist

Aspen is an Accredited Music Therapist and one of the newest members of the Camp Kerry team. Since joining us in 2014, she has facilitated group support programs for bereaved children, youth and adults.

Kristen Morrow

Kristen Morrow

Registered Music Therapist

Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree from Capilano University and is an Accredited Music Therapist through the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. Her professional practice currently takes her to several settings throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia where she specializes in palliative and hospice care, long-term dementia care, and bereavement care. Presently, she facilitates one of our Circles of Strength Children’s Bereavement Groups.

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