The One Oak Team

Naushina Kiely,

Senior Counsellor/Clinic Owner BA, MA, RCC

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, with my Masters in Counselling Psychology. I bring with me 20 years of experience and specialize in individual, relationship, and family counselling. I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, healing from past trauma, coping with relationship difficulties, emotion regulation/management, stress management, and life style changes.

Sometimes we’re not sure what isn’t working for us, but intuitively we know that something is missing. My intention, as a therapist, is to be there for you with a compassionate presence. I will contribute my expertise, to help you, as you move towards your journey of personal growth. I am passionate about helping people and understand the courage it can take to start counselling. Exploring personal issues in a safe and supportive way can be a rewarding and healing experience.

In addition to my private practice, my work history includes experience in the following areas:

 

  • One on one counselling for individuals in distress
  • couples counselling and couples education groups
  • working with children and youth through schools and group homes
  • family therapy through community agencies
  • working with families involved through the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • parenting support and facilitating parenting groups
  • working with victims of violence
  • anxiety and children
  • Trained facilitator of the Gottman 7 Principles of How to Make a Marriage Work Program
  • Trained facilitator of Pacific Post Partum’s Support Group ModelFor more information on the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors please visit http://bc-counsellors.org/ 

View My Approach & Theories

Although my approach is tailored fit to meet your unique needs, I will draw upon my background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Theory while using a Strength-Based, Client Centered Approach. My goal is to provide you an emotionally safe place where you can speak freely about what your current stressors are.

Ann-Margaret Tait,

MBA, MACP, RCC ​

My name is Ann-Margaret Tait, I am pleased to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups; and I have been privileged to work with clients living through anxiety, depression, burnout, bipolar disorder, ADHD, life transitions, and trauma.

Change is hard but is absolutely worth it. I believe that we all have the strength to change, but sometimes it’s hard to find that strength when it’s most needed. Sometimes you need a partner for a portion of your journey to walk with you and help you find those strengths again.  My approach is collaborative and focused on your goals. Together we will develop a plan drawing from evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, feminist therapy, trauma-focused compassionate inquiry, mindfulness, and nature therapy.

I have a MA in Counselling Psychology, an MBA, and a BA in Economics and Psychology. My professional background includes executive roles in a variety of industries focused on transformation and change management.  In addition, I have lived experience with anxiety and depression, I have been married to my partner for 16 years, and I am a mother of adolescent twins.

Charlene Forbes,

Masters Intern Student ​

I am currently finishing my final year of my Master’s in Counselling Psychology and looking to specialize in individual, relationship, and family counselling. I am also a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC). I embrace a holistic approach to mental health and wellness and will look at how your life affects your overall well being.  Life by its very nature is ever-changing, fast-moving, often overwhelming and we all go through many peaks and valleys of living and stages of life and it’s easy to get stressed and anxious.  My intention as a therapist is to help empower and inspire people to gain clarity and resolutions to stressors and challenges they are facing.

I am passionate about helping people and offer a warm, safe, empathic space to help heal and foster personal growth. I am a firm believer in empowering people with unconditional positive regard to help clients make the changes they need to live a happy and peaceful life.  I work with clients that are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, stress management, health issues, self-esteem, relationship and emotional regulation.

My client-centred approach to counselling is designed through a culturally responsive and biopsychosocial perspective reflecting each client’s own unique needs and goals. I embrace a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to help build sustainable long-term strategies to achieving client goals with lasting positive outcomes.

James Fairbanks,

M.Ed.,M.Sc.,RCC

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor that feels blessed to be assisting people to transform their lives. I have worked in the field of personal growth and counselling for over thirty years. The foundation of my practice continues to be my own personal journey, which has included healthy living practices (I have taught yoga and Tai Chi for over thirty years), and meditation (I was a Buddhist monk in Burma/ Myanmar and meditate daily) plus continually studying from the best practices in psychology and personal growth.

I have worked with people from 6 to 86 on an incredible variety of issues including at intensive residential treatment centres for over twenty years  as a counsellor then a Clinical Manager so I know how effective counselling can help people transform situations that they were literally dying in to living wholesome meaningful lives. Clients consistently discover that underneath the challenges that inspire them to change are maladaptive patterns related to their family of origin (attachment/upbringing issues), issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, mental health, hopelessness, addiction, pain management, poor self-esteem, ineffective thinking patterns, lack of skill dealing with emotions, issues related to sexuality as well as money, and poor lifestyle choices. I have also worked with families as well as couples for over fifteen years who have found this work incredibly valuable.

How I work with clients:

Over the years I have studied a great number of different theories, approaches and techniques, which I utilize to support you to make the changes that you are yearning for in your life. Many clients find it incredibly important to have a safe place to speak about challenges that have affected them throughout their life; while others tend to be more focused on developing emotional, mental and social skills that day by day, week by week, support them to generate different experiences and build a different life.

Nazma Kassam,

BA., BSW., MSW., RSW

I come to you with both formal education and practical experience. I have my bachelor’s and Masters’s in Social Work, as well as 20 years of experience working in the field. I believe it is this along with a weaving of my personal story that makes me so passionate about this work.   I have taken numerous courses and workshops through the years.   I am registered with the BC College of Social Workers,  and I remain committed to ongoing professional development.

In my practice today I use a combination of narrative therapy, Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  I believe in a systems framework and attachment theory, and I counsel from these perspectives.    

Most important to me is for you to feel safe to share what is happening for you.   You are the brave individual who has found the courage to ask for help. I offer you my time and my commitment to listening, to be with you as you tell me your story, and allow your emotions to move through you as needed.   We know that life is not devoid of hardship and there is no magic pill to happiness.  But together we will get you to a place of deeper self-awareness and inner strength. We will uncover the gifts and resilience you already possess so you can move through life with more joy and ease.

Chi-Chun (Wally) Lin,

MA. MA. MHS. Psy.D. AAMFT, RCC

I am Chi-Chun Lin and also go by Wally. My gender pronouns are he, him, and his. I hold a doctorate of psychology in marital and family therapy (MFT) and three master’s degrees in counselling psychology, MFT, and mental health (Johns Hopkins University). I am an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia. I have 11 years of clinical experience with at least 3000 counselling hours (individual, couples, family, group counselling, and other clinical processes). I am passionate about working with anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidality, couples relationship, family relationship, LGBTQ2S+, immigrants, and sexual health issues (e.g., sexual debut, STIs, and sexual relationships). Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of British Columbia (UBC) where I focus on LGBTQ2S+ youth’s mental and sexual health issues and their family relationships and also focus on depression and suicidality issues among men living with prostate cancer and HIV. To date, I have published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles mainly about mental and sexual health issues among marginalized populations.I am also a postdoctoral teaching fellow at UBC where I teach Gender and Sex Role Issues in Counselling and Group Counselling for graduate students in the counselling psychology program and provide clinical supervision for them. My clinical philosophies include Gestaltism, person-centred, experientialism, postmodernism, existentialism, and systems theory. 
 

Mariana De Jager,

Ph.d, R.C.C.

I am a Registered Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I am passionate about empowering individuals and families to generate their strengths to cope with adversities and create ongoing change for themselves. I provide counselling to clients impacted by traumatic events, loss, chronic pain, disability, stress, anxiety, depression and interpersonal problems.

Human suffering takes many forms. Conflict, trauma, problematic relationships and life transitions can be very unsettling, and it may feel as if life has lost its meaning. My own lived experiences and 40 years of working with individuals, couples and families provided me with valuable insight into the choices open to you. I will provide a safe, emphatic and non-judgmental space to experience, communicate and process your thoughts and emotions. Together, we will tailor a unique treatment plan and work towards your treatment goals to live your life more meaningfully. I will draw on my background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and solution-focused therapy while using a Strength-based, client-centered Approach.

Before joining One Oak Counselling, I worked as a social worker in the private and government sectors and counseled clients for 23 years in private practice. I hold a Doctorate in Social Work and also worked in Higher Education.