Our 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.

Heather Bach MA, CCC
Clinical Director

Heather Bach brings 25 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. Incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through a trauma informed and attachment based lens, Heather is solution focused.

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.

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-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), 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.

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 a variety of evidence-based-therapies such as cognitive-behavioural (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), person-centered, and solution-focused therapies to meet the needs of his clients. From an attachment and trauma-informed perspective, Kristofer facilitates 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, and working as a counsellor within a school setting, Kris brings a practical focused perspective to clients’ work offering goal-oriented skills and tools to foster well-being and authentic living. Kristofer counsels adults and youth dealing with anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-esteem, grief, anger, stress management, and relational and communication issues including family and peers. Kristofer also facilitates cognitive focused educational groups on managing anxiety and attachment patterning. 



Kelly Kuppers MA, RCC
Clinical Counsellor

A registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors for over 12 years, Kelly works with youth and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, gender identity, sexual orientation, body image struggles, bipolar, psychosis, ADHD and post trauma. Additionally, within the public school system Kelly spent several years working with children formulating adaptive strategies and individualized education plans.

Understanding complex trauma and core negative patterns that underlie barriers to healthier functioning is fundamental to moving toward a healthier self esteem, relationship with self and others. In her trauma informed practice, Kelly utilizes mindfulness therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapies to facilitate change. With these evidence based modalities that Kelly incorporates in her counselling, her clients move from struggle and angst to an increased self esteem, better relationships and overall sense of well-being.

Diego Ferrero MA, CCC
Clinical Counsellor

Diego Ferrero brings 20 years of experience and clinical training counselling adults and youth clients dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction,  family complications, trans-gender in all different phases of their transition, and communication. Having worked in both Mexico and Canada Diego is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association holding a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. Using Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behaviour and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Diego counsels his clients to meet their personal goals. Fluent in Spanish, French, and English, Diego has significant experience working with child and youth and mental health services along with multicultural advocacy.

Zainab Giwa MA, CCC
Clinical Counsellor

Zainab Giwa is a Canadian Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association with over seven years of experience supporting her clients to gain insight, change behaviours and improve their relationships. Counselling individuals, youth, couples, and families, Zainab helps clients struggling with anxiety, depression and relationship struggles to utilize solution-focused, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioural therapy. With an inclusive and trauma-informed perspective, Zainab incorporates emotionally focused and Gottman therapy in her work with couples identifying barriers and working toward greater intimacy and joy in their relationships. Zainab is highly committed to the success of her clients in reaching their personal and wellness goals.

Felicia D’Amato MA, RSW
Clinical Counsellor

Felicia D’Amato is a registered social worker holding a Master’s of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. With over 5 years of experience counselling youth and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, psychosis, addictions and complex disabilities, Felicia uses a variety of evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused and Gottman Therapy. Felicia has experience working with youth in residential and community settings. She has a special interest and experience working with adults with disabilities and senior adults with dementia supporting the individual and family navigating new transitions in their lives as a result. Utilizing a strength-based approach, Felicia tailors treatment plans for individuals, families, and couples based on their goals.

Maureen Codispodi MA (Cand.)
Clinical Counsellor

Maureen brings a background in special education and over 20 years working internationally with children and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, brain injury, psychosis, and a variety of learning challenges including executive functioning and behavioural challenges. She counsels individuals and families from an resource focused, inclusive and trauma-informed perspective.

Using multiple evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and solution-focused therapy, Maureen taylors her treatment approach to suit the individual goals of each client with kindness, care and solution focused strategies.

Maureen is completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University and completing her internship with the Bach Counselling Group

Eve Chang MA (Cand.)
Clinical Counsellor

Eve brings 20 years of experience working with children and youth dealing with anxiety, ADHD and other challenges in the public school system. Integrating cognitive behavioural, solution focused and mindful therapy, Eve counsels individuals and families. She focuses on the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and intergenerational trauma and the impact of mental health on the family system. She also counsels parents navigating and advocating within school systems for children with special needs and a variety of learning challenges.

Additionally, Eve integrates mindfulness, art, music and/or movement to facilitate growth and solutions in line with goals of each client. Eve is completing her graduate studies internships in her Master of Education program with the Bach Counselling Group.

Eve ensures that client’s goals and needs are closely attended to while they work toward life improvements with kindness and solution focused clarity.

Taiba Patel MA (Cand.)

Clinical Counsellor

Taiba uses a variety of evidence-based therapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy, mindfulness and solution-focused therapy. Additionally, Taiba has completed certifications in mindfulness and related practices. With her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, Taiba works with individuals and families dealing with anxiety, depression, disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), development challenges, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and dementia. Working with executive functioning challenges common to ADHD, Taiba assists clients in reaching their goals and overcoming barriers to their wellness. She integrates mindfulness and CBT and other therapies in the treatment plans, thus assisting clients in moving from depression, anxiety, stress management, to improved self-regard, relationship and communication.
Taiba will be accepting new clients in March 2023.

Maja Miljkovic MA (Cand.)
Clinical Counsellor

Maja has a background of social work with families and youth with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. From within a restorative justice framework Maja helps clients through conflict resolution to rebuild healthier family and peer relationships.

Practiced in cognitive behavioural therapy, Maja has a particular interest in emotionally focused and narrative therapies. She collaborates with clients through a mindful approach to identify and release struggles related to anxiety, depression, ADHD and interpersonal conflict. This clarity supports clients to make positive solution focused quality change for themselves in their lives.

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.

David Scully MSW, RSW
Clinical Counsellor

David Scully brings over 20 years of experience to his work with individuals 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.