Supporting Children, Youth, and Families in Greater Vancouver since 1990

Counsellor Bios

As outlined in the counsellor profiles below, our counselling team includes:

  • Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) – These counsellors hold graduate degrees (MA, MC, MSW) and have met professional standards for clinical work. They are registered with and regulated by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
  • Registered Professional Counsellors (RPC) – These are lay counsellors who may or may not hold academic credentials. They have met standards for practice as outlined by the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and are regulated by this organization. These counsellors have also met a minimum standard of 5 years of supervised practice working directly with families at Hollyburn Family Services.

Please indicate whether you have a preference for seeing a counsellor with a specific designation. To determine if the counsellor is covered by your extended health plan, please contact your insurer and ask which type of professional is covered for counselling/mental health services. 

Fees are $120 plus GST per 50-minute session. Receipts are available upon request. 

Call 604-987-8211 to inquire about private fee-for-service family counselling.

Our Counsellors

Linda Wolfenden, RPC, MPCC

Linda has worked with families for over 30 years.  She has supported clients through a variety of life issues including family/couple conflict, addiction and recovery, pregnancy and parenting-related challenges, as well as grief and loss. 

Linda also has extensive training and experience working with individuals and families impacted by drug and alcohol dependency. She has worked with a diverse client population including indigenous clients, new immigrant families, Asian, South Asian and Middle-Eastern families as well as those who identify as LGBT2QIA.

She is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and holds the designation of Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC).

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Homa Papaei, MA, RCC

First language counselling services in Farsi, Turkish, and English language.

Homa has over six years of experience working with diverse populations including children and youth, adults and couples.  She employs a strengths-based approach to help clients access their own wisdom to solve problems and become their best selves.  Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, sleep disruption, trauma, physical wellness and illness/injury recovery, chronic pain and anger management.  Her work with children and youth has centred on managing problematic anxiety.

Homa is trilingual and can provide services in English, Farsi, and Turkish languages.  She has worked with a diverse client population including those who identify as indigenous, Asian, South Asian and Middle-Eastern as well as clients who identify as LGBT2QIA. 

Homa holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and is registered with Crime Victims Assistance (CVAP) to provide trauma counselling to victims of violence. 

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Maureen Manning, MA, RCC

Maureen has worked with families for over 15 years.  She has provided therapy for individuals, couples, youth and families in public health clinics, hospice/palliative care, private practice and family service agencies.  She has trained in Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).

Maureen helps clients work through major life changes, marital and relationship problems, sudden illness, parenting challenges, addiction, grief and loss, and stress associated with work-life balance.  Maureen has worked with a diverse client population including those who identify as indigenous, Middle-Eastern, Asian and South Asian. She also has experience with clients who identify as LGBT2QIA.

Maureen holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology.

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Chris Burt, MA

Chris has worked with children and families for over 25 years.  His training is derived from “best practice” programs in parenting education and family therapy.  Chris has consulted to the Ministry of Children and Family Development creating training programs for Family Support and Family Preservation. 

Chris is passionate about issues for families, and speaks to many community-based and parenting organizations about parenting and family development issues.  His work has extended to include a diverse client population including those who identify as indigenous, Middle-Eastern, Asian and South Asian in North Vancouver and the Lower Mainland area.  He has also worked with clients who identify as LGBT2QIA.

Chris holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology.

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Akbar Safari, MA, RCC

First language counselling services in Farsi, Turkish, and English language.

Akbar has over 17 years of experience working with youth and families in Psychiatric and Counselling settings.  He has worked with individuals, families, and youth both in private practice and family service agencies. He holds a Specialized Business License with Psychology and Counseling Organizations in Iran. 

Akbar holds a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis from ISSCH and has trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for 1 year at the Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute (TPI). He is also trained in adolescent substance abuse interventions (Matrix Model) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Akbar is a client-centered therapist who takes an integrative approach to address issues such as personality disorders, addiction, stress, anxiety, trauma and parenting issues.

Akbar is tri-lingual and can accommodate first-language services in Farsi and Turkish for clients requesting this accommodation.  He holds a Master of Personality Psychology.

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Tomi Hamner, MC

Tomi began working with families following her retirement from a 20-year career in policing.  She has worked closely with First Responders and Veterans who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. More recently she worked for over two years, providing support and counselling directly to families presenting with parenting difficulties, couples conflict, addiction, and impacts of acute mental health conditions. 

She is specialized in approaches to individuals and families coping with the unexpected, and is skilled at facilitating adaptation through crisis, loss and trauma. Tomi has facilitated parent education groups and is trained in attachment and family systems approaches to therapy.

She is trained in Trauma Informed Practice, Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and has completed trainings to enhance cultural safety and awareness.  Tomi has worked with a diverse client population, including those who identify as indigenous, Asian, and Middle-Eastern as well as clients who identify as LGBT2QIA.

Tomi holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology.

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Mikah Turner-Alexander, MCP, RCC

Mikah Turner-Alexander has over 10 years experience working with youth and families. She has worked with diverse populations including individuals, high risk youth, children and families with complex needs in private practice, corrections and family service agencies.

Mikah’s holistic approach is client-centred and trauma informed, and includes training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy (AFOT). Mikah is passionate about, and has developed, specializations with marital and relationship issues, parenting and the transition to early parenthood, fertility, life transitions, trauma, anxiety and depression. She has also worked with a diverse client population including those who identify as LGBTQIA, Indigenous and multicultural.

Mikah holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

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Patti Custance

Patti Custance has her Child and Youth Care Counsellors Certificate, her Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and is currently undertaking her Masters of Arts in Psychology Counselling degree (course work is complete and entering the practicum portion of the degree). 

She has worked with the Boys and Girls clubs of Greater Vancouver, the Burnaby School Board, and the Nicklin Adolescent Program as a youth counsellor.  Further, she has worked for for Kinections (Australia) in a Specialized Family Violence Program as a children’s counsellor.  She has spent the last 10 years as a Specialized Victim Support Worker, supporting clients who have experienced abuse.  Patti works from a trauma-informed, anti-oppression, feminist lens.


Intern Counsellor/MA practicum student – short term, low cost counselling service option for clients

Sessions are provided at a reduced rate with counselling students who are completing their internship toward a Master of Counselling Psychology or Master of Social Work program with Hollyburn Family Services.  Clients may choose to receive counselling services from an intern counsellor on a short-term (3, 6 or 8 months) service agreement. All counselling students are provided weekly supervision and are chosen based on prior experience providing support service to families and course work specific to family therapy. 

Call 604-987-8211 to inquire about private fee-for-service family counselling.