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

Intern Counsellors

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. 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.

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Current Intern Counsellors

Alessandra Antunes

Growing up on the North Shore, Alessandra is thrilled to be providing counselling services to her own community as a counselling intern. Warm, empathic, and nurturing, Alessandra has over eight years of experience supporting countless children, youth, and families in non-profit organizations, hospitals, community centres, and as an Education Assistant with the North Vancouver School District.

Alessandra specializes in working with children and youth who experience developmental disabilities, mental illness, and trauma. With a gentle and comforting presence, she is able to quickly build a trusting rapport with clients while supporting them through high levels of emotional distress.

Alessandra’s further areas of interest include support related to children, adolescence, parenting, attachment-related challenges, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and self-esteem. Alessandra balances a relaxed, conversational, and strengths-based approach with strategic use of evidence-based interventions. Her counselling style draws from Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Attachment Theory, Family Systems Therapy and mindfulness. Her therapeutic treatment is integrative and uniquely tailored to each client.

Alessandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is completing her Master of Counselling with the goal of becoming a Registered Clinical Counsellor.


Marlee Hershfield, MEd

Marlee is committed to helping people overcome the obstacles in their lives that cause emotional pain and suffering. With a client-centered approach, drawing on clients’ strengths to explore, problem-solve, and move in a direction of self-healing, Marlee believes that every person has the ability to heal and live the life they want to live. She is passionate about her approach to counselling, which is informed by Attachment Theory, Family Systems Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.

Marlee started off her career in the teaching world as an elementary school teacher teaching grades K-2. She has always had a passion for working with children, youth and families, which has led her to pursue a career in counselling. Marlee continues to support families who are navigating parenting challenges, addictions, and marital and relationship issues in her daily work as a family counsellor. Marlee is also trained in working with children and families who require additional support for neurodivergent needs including but not limited to ASD, ADHD and other intellectual disabilities.

Marlee works from a social justice lens and is committed to addressing and working towards dismantling systems of power that oppress individuals and communities. She comes from a place of empathy and kindness in her work and aims to support her clients every step of the way to connect with their inner selves, their authentic truth, and their cherished values on the journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and greater peace. Marlee has experience in working with individuals who identify as LGBT2QIA

Marlee holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and a Masters of Education from City University of Seattle. Currently, she is completing her Master of Counselling at City University of Seattle (in Vancouver) with the goal of becoming RCC certified.


Sarah Panofsky

Sarah (she/her) weaves together her background in community development, yoga, advocacy, and education in her counselling practice. Her approach is body-focused talk therapy. She works holistically from a strengths-based perspective to support the integration of bodies, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, enlivening the natural wisdom in all of us. Sarah supports clients with diverse mental health challenges in a way that is trauma-informed.

Having lived and worked in Northwest BC for ten years, alongside Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en communities, she is white settler and ally. Her research focuses on land-based, collective, and intergenerational approaches to healing trauma. Connection to the land is at the center of Sarah’s life and she is grateful for the vitality of adventuring in nature and growing food.

Sarah is an MA student in counselling psychology at UBC with a previous MA in human geography and a BA in anthropology. She has been trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and is an 800-hour certified Vijnana Yoga Teacher. 


Scott Walter

Scott is honoured to be able to provide counselling services to the North Shore community. With ten years of experience in helping people, Scott works with individuals looking for support with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, conflict, relationships issues and more. He strives to create a warm and safe environment for his clients while developing a strong therapeutic relationship. Scott’s strength is building rapport with individuals of all ages, identities, and life situations. He takes a non-judgemental and empathetic approach in getting to know his clients. 

Scott believes in a holistic approach to counselling and integrates different approaches in his work with individuals utilizing cognitive-behavioural, person-centered, solution-focused and mindfulness therapy. He brings a humanistic perspective to his work wherein clients are viewed with the potential to grow and learn from past experiences and to develop skills to address the challenges they encounter. He uses a bio-psycho-social approach to the conceptualization of the client’s issues and in treatment strategy.

Scott Walter is completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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