OUR PRACTITIONERS

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MARY KLOVANCE

MA, BEd, BA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)
ADHD-Certified Educator (ADHD-CE)
She/Her
Mary works with teens ages 14-19, parents/caregivers and families.

Mary is the owner and clinical director of The Neurodiversity Family Centre and specializes in parenting support and supporting teens with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and addiction issues.


Mary has lived experience as a person with ADHD, is the daughter of an Autistic parent and is a parent herself. 


Mary believes challenging behaviours are the symptom of the problem and works with her clients to identify unmet needs, lagging skills and unsolved problems and uses the Collaborative Problem Solving  approach (CPS Model) to reduce or eliminate them.  

Mary has worked for over 10 years as a school counsellor and for over five years with youth-at-risk for Victoria's Youth Empowerment Society at the teen drop in centre, youth Detox and youth shelter. She is also a local public speaker on the topic of parenting neurodivergent youth and was featured in "Calming the ADHD Family: ADHD brain hacks for a calm, confident, connected family", Matters of the Mind Public Presentation on Parenting Youth with ADHD for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a guest on Therapy Talks Podcast.

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KIRSTEN MUELLER

MSW 
Registered Social Worker
She/Her
Kirsten offers "walk and talk" sessions, in-person, and virtual. 
Kirsten works with couples, children ages 4-9, 17+, parents, and other family caregivers.

Kirsten gained her knowledge and experience all over the province, working as a neurobehavioural specialist at a child development centre, as a counsellor at a non-profit for children with mental health issues, as a family therapist at another non-profit supporting parents, as well as several other positions over a career spanning almost 25 years. Kirsten specializes in FASD and also has extensive knowledge and professional experience with ADHD. On a personal level, she is a parent to one young adult with ADHD, and another who is trans. She also has a number of family members with mental health challenges. 

Kirsten understands that parents are the ones best placed to make a positive difference in the lives of their children, and all the many barriers that can get in the way of that. Her goal is to build safe relationships with children and their parents, empowering both to walk away with increased confidence, trust and understanding.

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CHRISTINE GOLDER

M.A., B.Ed., B.Sc.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
She/Her
Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist
Christine works with youth (age 12+), adults and families

Christine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Christine has over ten years of professional experience working with youth who have a wide range of diagnosis such as Autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. 


In addition to her background in school counselling, Christine has lived experience as a parent to an autistic teen. She understands the challenges teens and their parents face in their day-to-day lives. Christine uses her strength-based, solution-focused approach to help clients navigate interpersonal and communication challenges and find self-regulation strategies that work. Christine loves helping her clients find ways to feel more connected, regulated, and supported at home, school and in their community.

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HEATHER THRASHER

BSW, MA
Registered Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
She/Her
Online Only.
Heather works with youth ages 10+, emerging adults, adults, caregivers and families through virtual sessions.

Heather is a warm and empathetic individual who is passionate about supporting youth in their transition years as they navigate their journey to adulthood and independence as well as adults with their own experiences managing neurodivergent diagnosis.  She has personal experience as a parent of teenage twins and a third, two of which have neurodivergent diagnosis.  
Heather has over 14 years of experience working with families.  She began her work in Haida Gwaii and more recently work with a not-for-profit as a neurobehavioural specialist supporting children and caregivers; she identifies as having a mixed Métis and settler ancestry.  Her specializations are in working with individuals with FASD, ADHD, and ASD diagnosis as well as anxiety, PTSD and trauma.

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RHIANNON HARDING

MA Student Intern

BA

She/Her

Rhiannon works with youth ages 12+, emerging adults, and adults. 

Rhiannon is dedicated to providing her clients with a safe, compassionate, validating and non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and fulfillment. Her goal is to continually support you and work with you to address the various concerns and challenges that may occur within your life. Rhiannon is committed to helping guide you through a therapeutic process that is collaborative, supportive, goal-oriented, and feels meaningful to you. Rhiannon’s particular areas of proficiency include self-esteem development, anxiety, ADHD, stress, social and emotional wellness, relationship and interpersonal issues, LGBTQ2S+ issues, gender identity, and adolescent behavioural challenges. 


Through the counselling relationship, Rhiannon is dedicated to helping clients develop themselves in core areas such as self-awareness, acceptance, coping strategies and communication skills. She utilizes an integrative counselling approach rooted primarily in person-centered, cognitive behavioural, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, believing in the power of one’s own strengths and sense of resilience. Rhiannon looks forward to working with you to develop strategies that “fit,” are effective, and reinforce positive patterns that support you in moving towards wellness.

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SARAH WILSON

MEd, BEd, BFA

Registered Clinical Counsellor 
She/They

Sarah works with youth ages 8+, emerging adults, and adults.

With a background in teaching and school counselling, Sarah's approach to private practice rests in a strengths-based and person-centred approach. Her specialization is in the neurology of trauma and trauma healing, as well as working with marginalized groups, specifically those within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Neurodivergent herself, Sarah's ND specializations are ADHD, ASD, and OCD, in addition to anxiety, depression, and PTSD (complex or otherwise).


Sarah's area of proficiency focuses on identifying practices and strategies that can be implemented within support structures to enhance care for trans and gender non-conforming youth and their families. She is hugely passionate about empowering kids and teens to find strategies and practices that are meaningful and helpful for their individual needs, as well as becoming comfortable to practice advocating for themselves. 

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MARGARET MACGILLIVRAY

BEd, M.Ed 
Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her
Margaret works with youth ages 5-13, parents and families.

Margaret has spent the majority of her professional career working with children, youth, and caregivers in the school system as a support teacher and school counsellor. This has provided her with the skills, experience, and knowledge to work with children of varying exceptionalities and experiences (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Complex Developmental and Sensory issues, and Selective Mutism). She also has lived experience with Anxiety and ADHD. 
She uses a client-centered, Adlerian framework in her therapeutic relationships. This means that the most significant objective for her as a counsellor is to ensure empathy, care, and safety.
She is also certified in sand tray therapy and uses art based along with play strategies to help children deal with intense emotions, emotional regulation, trauma, and relationship building. She is aware of the challenges that exist with raising neurodiverse children and wants to support caregivers in their parenting journey.

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DAVID SILK

MA Student Intern
BA
He/Him
David works with children and youth (ages 7-19), adults, and families.

David is a second-year master’s student in the University of Victoria’s counselling psychology
program. His work experience includes:

  • Outreach support for neurodivergent individuals

  • Counselling and group facilitating for in-patient mental health

  • Training and crisis line responding for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society.

David’s areas of focus include interpersonal issues, anxiety, depression, and emotional wellness.
He strives to build strong relationships to foster a sense of connection, provide tools to help
address lagging skills, and encourage collaboration and client strengths while working towards a
healthier life experiences.

David will be working under the supervision of Mary Klovance. 

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