About Us

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.

Our Counsellors

Heather Bach, MA, CCC
Clinical Director

hbachbw 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.

Paula Coutinho, MA, RCC
Clinical Counsellor

Paula Paula Coutinho is a Mental Health Clinician and Educator. With a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, she is registered with the British Columbia Association for Clinical Counsellors. Paula provides individual, couple and family therapy including treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, developmental disorders among other mental health conditions and learned behaviours.

Paula supports individuals and families during challenging times fostering self-efficacy, safety and the expansion of new practical coping skills. She brings years of experience in social work where she gained a well-rounded understanding of the effects of trauma, addictions and stress responses on the behavioral, emotional, mental, and spiritual development of individuals and families.

Paula is committed and skilled with her clients, helping them achieve their goals to thrive in meaningful life.

Ellen Mackay, M.Sc., RD, CDE
Clinical Dietitian

EllenEllen is a Clinical Dietitian with over 27 years experience in a wide range of nutrition specialty areas including diabetes management, heart disease, weight management, enteral nutrition, pediatric care and eating disorders. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and is a Board Certified Diabetes Educator. Ellen received her Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. In addition to her work with Bach Counselling Group, Ellen provides nutritional counselling for patients of Vancouver Coastal Health and the North Shore Eating Disorders Program. Through one-to-one counseling, small group and nutrition education seminars, Ellen strives to help her clients attain their nutrition and health goals.

Cameron Gibson
MA (Candidate)

Cameron Gibson Cameron served the Vancouver community as a Life Skills Counsellor and Behavioral Interventionist working with youth and young adults. He specializes in helping those with developmental disabilities, and dual diagnosis with anxiety and depression. Cameron helps transitioning youth prepare for adulthood, often coaching his clients towards resiliency, goal development and life purpose.

Cameron also works with youth using behavioral intervention techniques to improve problematic behavior, anger management and anxiety. He has been working in the social services field for over five years including experience in: Sports & Recreation, Applied Behavior Analysis as well as Child and Youth Care Counselling. His passion is focusing on exercise and movement with a person-centered style of counselling. We are fortunate to have Cameron as part of the BCG team.