The Team

We bring over 20 years experience and training to our counselling practice. Our therapists hold a minimum of a Masters level of education in Psychology and are certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and/or British Columbia College of Social Workers.

Our Counsellors

Heather Bach MA, CCC
Clinical Director

Heather Bach brings 20 years of experience and training to her role as Clinical Director of the Bach Counselling Group. With her Master of Arts in Psychology she is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Heather works primarily with couples and individuals using evidence-based approaches in dealing with relationship issues, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, disordered eating and ADHD.

She designed and developed the North Shore Program for Children Affected by Family Violence and the Kelowna Trauma Program for marginalized women. Heather has extensive training and experience in her work with family relationships and therapeutic groups. In her work with couples and families, greater understanding and more fulfilling connections are established. Heather is skillful and solution focused.

Cited as an expert by the media, she has been the subject of numerous interviews in print, radio and television. She routinely presents at events and forums.

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Kellie Shamenski MSc, RCC
Clinical Counsellor

Kellie brings over 11 years of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Los Angeles and New York City. She is passionate about helping individuals, families and couples identify and work through their challenges to greater life satisfaction. Kellie works with challenges that include but are not limited to: relationship struggles and impasses, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, and parenting. Her clinical approach includes: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Kellie places a strong emphasis on a trauma and attachment informed approach in her counselling work with clients. Understanding the context of behaviour and belief patterns and their impact on the brain and the body and relationships can be essential for successful results in counselling and long lasting change. Kellie provides a skillful and results oriented counselling to improve individual lives, their relationships and fosters greater connection within couples.

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Kristofer Scott MA, RCC
Clinical Counsellor

Kristofer is a registered clinical counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. As an integrative-counsellor, Kristofer uses of variety of evidence based-therapies such as cognitive-behavioural (CBT), person-centered, and solution-focused therapies to meet the needs of his clients. From an attachment and trauma-informed perspective, Kristofer facilitates in an environment of acceptance and trust where clients identify and overcome barriers to their wellness. With a history of teaching in a high school setting for over seven years, Kris brings practical focused perspective to client’s work offering goal oriented skills and tools to foster well-being, and authentic living. Kristofer counselling adults and youth dealing with anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-esteem, grief, anger, stress management, and relational and communication issues. Kristofer also facilitates cognitive focused educational groups on managing anxiety.

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David Scully MSW, RSW
Clinical Counsellor

David Scully brings over 20 years of experience to his work with individuals, couples and families. A Registered Clinical Social Worker, David works with those seeking relief and solutions to symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). In addition, David is a Certified Addiction Counsellor. David is solutions focused and works with a trauma informed perspective to assist his clients to achieve greater wellness.

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Veronika Moore MC, (Cand.)
Clinical Counsellor

Veronika is completing her Masters of Counselling in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University. She draws from over 5 years of experience working with adolescents and adults utilizing cognitive behavioral and mindful strategies. Veronika works with youth and adults seeking solutions to challenges with depression, anxiety, stress management, and ADHD. Through a person-centered approach, Veronika focuses her work with clients on their unique experiences and goals as integral to achieving change in therapy. She has a strengths-focused perspective in her counselling work with a special interest in anxiety, sport and athletes.

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Kelley Persoage MA, (Cand.)
Clinical Counsellor

Kelley brings over 8 years of experience working with adults and youth utilizing a strengths-
based, biopsychosocial approach in helping clients work through various challenges including stress, relational struggles, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, separation, loss, and grief. She is a counselling intern in the final stages of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Kelley
is passionate about helping others and draws on a variety of evidence-based therapies such as
client-centered, cognitive behavioural (CBT), family systems, solution focused, and mindfulness
therapies in working together with clients in identifying and building upon strengths and
resources and fostering skills and strategies that support positive growth and wellbeing.

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Abby Hsiao RD
Registered Dietician

A registered dietician and a graduate from the University of British Columbia, Abby specializes in working with individuals and families dealing with disordered eating thoughts and behaviours. She works with the Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorder Program with children, youth and adults. Abby provides nutritional assessments including body image and mood and facilitates her clients to build healthier relationships with food, body and themselves.

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Sophie Koolen RD
Registered Dietician

Sophie received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University and she is registered with the College of Dietitians of Canada. In addition to dietary and nutritional counselling Sophie provides at the Bach Counselling Group she works with Vancouver and the North Shore eating disorder programs. With over six years of experience and training, Sophie works with children, youth and adults who struggle with their relationship with food. From disordered eating to picky eaters, Sophie has the expertise and the science-based information to support your family towards making peace with food.