Kristin Coyne, Ph.D., RSW

Kristin Coyne is the Clinical Manager for the Clinical Counselling Services at Encompass Support Services Society. Kristin has been providing therapy for over ten years, and has been working in the human services fields for nearly 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based, non-profit organizations, hospitals, forensic settings, university settings, and in private practice. She specializes in working with children, youth and adults who have experienced trauma or who may want support in managing mental health concerns.

Kristin has a graduate certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse, and has completed basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and in Theraplay. Kristin is also a Registered Play Therapy – Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. She draws from a variety of approaches, including expressive therapies, somatic therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and when working with children utilizes an integrative play therapy approach.

Jesslyn Linden, MSW

Jesslyn Linden is the Clinical Coordinator and a Clinical Counsellor in the Clinical Counselling Services Team at Encompass Support Services Society. Jesslyn holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. She has had the privilege of working alongside children, adolescents and families in the human services field for over 10 years. She draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches including Person Centered Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Somatic Therapies, Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; and when working with children utilizes an integrative play therapy approach. Jesslyn’s clinical work has mostly focused on supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma and walking alongside them through their healing journey

Semhar Ghedela, MAMFT, CCC

Semhar Ghedela is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, with experience working in the social services field for over a decade with at-risk youth, immigrant/refugee youth and their families, adults with developmental disabilities, and adults facing substance abuse and homelessness. Semhar uses a warm and relational approach to help clients make better sense of who they are, where they’ve been and where they would like to go. She employs a Person-Centered approach and draws from Emotion-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Somatic Therapies, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. She believes that each client is capable of possessing and embodying compassion, courage, authenticity, and meaning in their lives.

Rhonda Zachary, MC, RCC

Rhonda Zachary is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. Rhonda has worked in the human services sector for 14 years as a counsellor and mental health therapist and specializes in mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, stress, eating disorders, trauma, sexual abuse, child and adolescent concerns, self-harm, addiction, women’s issues, etc. Rhonda provides a nurturing, encouraging, and empowering environment to assist clients with personal growth and provides guidance toward the development of a healthy, accepted sense of self. Rhonda works from a humanistic, client-centered, eclectic approach to therapy to best suit the needs of the client. Rhonda’s eclectic approach encompasses elements of the following therapeutic techniques which all have an underlying emphasis on health and wellness:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
  • Narrative Therapy (NT)

Rhonda’s core belief is that we are inherently good and whole and that it is the residue of life’s experiences and the thoughts and messages that we internalize that interfere with our full expression and potential. Thus we often find ourselves stuck in patterns which play out according to old programming of our mind. Rhonda helps clients to deconstruct these old patterns and develop new ones more aligned with their true nature. Rhonda looks forward to serving Langley and the surrounding communities.

Nazia Hussain, MCP

Nazia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She works on the General Counselling team at Encompass. She has spent 8+ years working within the social services field with children, youth, and adults dealing with various challenges. She practices from an integrative perspective, using Person-Centered approach, CBT, Emotion-Focused therapy, DBT, Somatic therapy, Trauma Informed therapy, and Play / Art therapy. She believes that each client is capable of creating change and achieving personal growth in their daily lives, allowing them to manage and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Chanelle Grewal, RCC, MCP

Chanelle Grewal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the general counselling program who holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Chanelle has been involved in her local community her whole life, and has volunteered with various organizations where she was able to give back to others such as the cancer care unit in Richmond hospital and the B.C. bereavement helpline. These experiences fueled her passion to help others and motivated her to pursue the path of a Clinical Counsellor. She believes every individual is capable of living a life filled with purpose and hope, and is excited to walk alongside her clients on their journey of healing and growth. Chanelle uses a trauma informed approach and draws from a wide array of therapeutic modalities, but often pulls from Cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centered therapy, and narrative therapy.

John White, Intern Counsellor, General Counselling Program

John White has a background in Social and Youth Care work, along with experience in creating alternatives to office-based therapy. John has a background with Indigenous mental-health approaches, which affirm that the applied values of mastery, independence, generosity and belonging can support and/or foster the well-being of a person. Having an overarching Person-Centered modality and approach, John believes a trusting alliance between a person and their counsellor is vital to the success of each type of treatment, or therapy they receive. Although John is most familiar with Land-Based Healing, Solution-Focussed-Brief or Narrative Therapy he is supervised by a team of professionals that supports his growth in additional areas. Whether in search for meaning, purpose, or specific areas of self-development, John believes that people possess the capacity to make positive change through learning to work with, or enhance their strengths.

Michele Francis, RCC, MCP

Michele Francis is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and over 12 years of experience working in the social service and social change field. Michele’s experience includes working with youth and adults, immigrants and refugees, individuals facing challenges with employment, substance use, homelessness, domestic violence, trauma and abuse. Michele works from an eclectic lens which includes Adlerian Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, a Trauma Centered lens, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a Feminist lens and Narrative Therapy. Michele believes in creating a space that is built on the foundations of encouragement, empowerment and autonomy. She firmly believes in the strength and resilience each individual worked with, carries within them. Michele believes that together, within a supportive therapeutic space, individual challenges can be better understood, resilience can grow, and more effective coping strategies can be built.