Who we are

Ailey Jolie, intern counsellor

Ailey is currently providing low-cost counselling services in East Van, at the affordable fee of $40 per session, on Mondays 10-3, Tuesdays 12-4, and on some Thursday and Friday evenings.

Ailey is an activist, author of ‘My Body, My Story’ (www.mybodymystory.com), and a graduate student of Counselling Psychology. Ailey’s career path in counselling was promoted by her experiences while working at a medical internship in Nicaragua. On an isolated island in a medical clinic Ailey witnessed how for many patients, healing relied on reconnecting between the mind and the body. Seeing those patients flourish with psychotherapy led Ailey to leave her white coat and doctor dreams behind for a career in counselling.

Working with healing through the mind-body connection powerfully informs Ailey’s practice. Ailey counsels with a holistic, feminist, somatic lens. She assists her clients in reconnecting mind and body through mindful and self-compassionate inquiry. Ailey’s goal as a counsellor is to help her clients enhance their connection to self. Her approach delicately acknowledges and addresses any limiting beliefs, maladaptive coping mechanisms, addictions, traumas, relationship challenges, or habitual ways of feeling, thinking, and acting.

Through Ailey’s embodied, open-minded, quirky, and warm approach she seeks to create an environment in which her clients may enter into the exploration and transformation they desire for their lives.

To contact Ailey and book an intake session please fill in the contact form in the sidebar or bottom of this web page. Ailey greatly looks forward to welcoming you to Ciel Community Counselling.

Jordana Corenblum, intern counsellor

Jordana is currently providing low-cost counselling services in East Van, at the affordable fee of $40 per session, on Tuesday mornings and on Saturdays.

Jordana, a longtime educator and youth worker, recently graduated with a Masters of Counselling Psychology. She has teamed up with Ciel in the transition between completing her graduate studies and embarking on her professional path as a registered clinical counsellor. Her approach is strength-based, open-minded, and authentic.

Jordana has worked extensively with people of diverse ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Her counselling approach is highly adaptable to each person’s specific needs. Working with teens, youth, and young adults is one of her specialites; another is family counselling with parents and children. Post partum concerns are another area of interest for Jordana.

With a focus on encouragement, Jordana believes that wellness is deeply tied to feelings of connectedness and to community engagement. She works with clients to build resiliency and resources, to restore self-empowerment, and to find an increasing sense of fulfillment.

To contact Jordana and book an intake session please fill in the contact form in the sidebar or bottom of this web page. Jordana heartfully looks forward to welcoming you to Ciel Community Counselling.

Tammy Donovan, intern counsellor

Tammy is currently providing low-cost counselling services in East Van, at the affordable fee of $40 per session, on Wednesday mornings and on Sundays.

Tammy is passionate about taking the shame out of feeling stuck. She makes mental health easy to understand. She helps people learn what they need to know in order to move forward in life. Recognizing that each person has different priorities, values different things, and learns in different ways, Tammy’s goal as a counsellor is to help people build on their strengths and discover skills, strategies, and solutions that work well for them.

With her encouraging, thoughtful, and open-minded approach, Tammy walks alongside her clients as they learn and practice new skills. She assists people in getting their bearings in times of crisis, mapping out options for increased well-being, setting goals, and maximizing support systems.

Tammy is currently completing her Masters of Counselling. She specializes in concerns regarding careers, life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and addictions.

To contact Tammy and book an intake session please fill in the contact form in the sidebar or bottom of this web page. Tammy warmly looks forward to welcoming you to Ciel Community Counselling.

Madelaine Arshak, intern counsellor

Madelaine is currently providing low-cost counselling services in East Van, at the affordable fee of $40 per session, on Sundays.

Madelaine’s humanistic-transpersonal approach, with emphasis  on wholeness and integration, assists clients in connecting with themselves and with others in healthy, positive ways. Madelaine creates a space for her clients that allows safety and healing. Each counselling session is approached with open-mindedness, respect, innocence, and wonder.

Some of the methods Madelaine uses in session include:

  • Development of imagination and intuition
  • Goal setting
  • Body awareness and movement
  • Assertiveness training
  • Inner child healing
  • Symbolic artwork
  • Dreamwork
  • Guided visualization
  • Gestalt experimentation
  • Journal writing

To request more information about Madelaine’s services, and to book a low-cost intake session with Madelaine, please fill in the contact form in the sidebar or bottom of this web page. Madelaine kindly looks forward to welcoming you to Ciel Community Counselling.

Carmen Ostrander MA – Narrative therapist
An Australian Narrative & Expressive Arts Therapist currently based in Vancouver, Carmen brings a long history of engagement in the arts and community cultural development to bear in her work, in conjunction with a commitment to practices which support social justice and preferred ways of being, (especially in the arts, Queer and gender diverse communities). You’ll  find her post-modern non-pathologising approach in independent practice, at Qmunity providing narrative consultation and peer supervision, supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors, and behind the scenes at one of Vancouver’s oldest artist run collectives, Gallery Gachet.
Ishtar Beck, registered clinical counsellor 

Ishtar is an East Van resident, mama, dancer, author, speaker, and practitioner of brief counselling as well as depth psychotherapy. In counselling she assists people in actively creating conditions so they may come to feel more at home in their lives and relationships. Ishtar’s holistic approach and quirky sense of humour inform both her professional and personal life. Offering individuals, couples, families, and groups a safe space for self-reflection, empowerment, meaning-making, and healing has been her calling for the past fifteen years.  Part of her counselling practice is dedicated to supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors.

Elizabeth de Balasi, registered clinical counsellor

A long-standing inclination to question dominant ideas and resist unjust social norms has led Elizabeth to the practice of collaborative counselling. Parenting has taught her about listening at the deepest and most subtle levels. Working in collaboration with clients Elizabeth strives to create a safe, non-judgmental space that invites reflection on strengths, challenges, barriers, and ways of healing. Elizabeth is trained in a range of collaborative approaches and dedicates part of her practice to supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors.

 

We have teamed up to create a counselling collaborative dedicated to providing low-cost services in East Van. To book a low-cost counselling session, or for more information about our drop in groups  and services, please fill out the contact form on this page or email cielcommunitycounselling@gmail.com.