Counsellor Bios

Chris Burt MA

Clinical Director

Educated and trained as a Family Counsellor, Chris has been supporting individuals, families, organizations and community for over 25 years. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and specializes in parenting, family and relationship issues. He has received training in many different interventions for families, including recognized "best practice" programs in parenting education and family therapy.

Chris has also researched many aspects of best practice in community-based family interventions, and has consulted to the Ministry of Children and Family Development creating training programs for Family Support and Family Preservation. He has created training manuals for Family Preservation Programs, as well as parenting education manuals for families with children under 12 years of age, and families with teenagers.

Chris has been with Hollyburn since 2003 as the coordinator of Family Programs, and provides supervision and support to the Family Preservation, Family Support, FASD-Key Worker, and Parent-Teen Mediation programs, as well as clinical supervision support to other programs at Hollyburn.

Chris is passionate about issues for families, and speaks to many community-based organizations about parenting and family development issues. He is the father of two kids who further his education and understanding every day.

Kristin Gattens MA

Certified Canadian Counsellor

Kristin Gattens is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. Kristin is an approved Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) Counsellor through the Ministry of Justice, and provides counselling for children, youth, adults and families offering a variety of approaches for dealing with issues including:

  • Overcoming recent or historical abuse
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Emotional regulation and resolving unhealthy patterns of anger
  • Addiction and support for those affected by the addiction of a loved one
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Navigating life transitions and seeking personal growth
  • Developing a sense of identity and cultivating inner wisdom
  • Communication issues, boundary setting, assertiveness

Kristin has extensive experience counselling women who have experienced interpersonal trauma (i.e. child abuse and neglect, abusive relationships, bullying, etc.). She provides support and guidance for women seeking to overcome the significant cognitive, emotional, and physical pains caused by interpersonal trauma.

Kristin also has a proven track record in counselling youth to support their emotional growth and well-being. She has extensive experience counselling youth and families with issues related to family relationship dynamics, parent-teen mediation, and youth emotional mental health.

Head Office

Surrey Office

#104-267 West Esplanade,
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 1A5

Phone: 604-987-8211
Fax: 604-987-8122
#300-10524 King George Blvd.
Surrey, BC
V3T 2X2

Phone: 604-496-7997
Fax: 604-987-8122