Counsellor Profiles - Hollyburn Family Services Private Fee-for-Service Family Counselling Program
Hollyburn counsellors work to strengthen relationships, improve communications, reduce family conflict, and promote resilience.
As outlined in the counsellor profiles below, our counselling team includes Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) and Registered Professional Counsellors (RPC). Please indicate whether you have a preference for seeing a counsellor with a specific designation.
Availability varies among counsellors. Please indicate if you have a preferred session time (i.e. evenings, day times).
Fees are $120 plus GST per 50-minute session. Receipts are available on request.
*Note: To determine if the above counsellors are covered by your extended health plan for fee coverage, please call your insurer and ask which type of counsellor is covered for counselling/mental health services.
To inquire about private fee-for-service family counselling.
Linda Wolfenden, RPC, MPCC
Linda has worked with families for 30 years. She is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and holds the designation of Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC). Linda has supported clients through a variety of life issues including family/couple conflict, addiction and treatment, pregnancy and parenting-related challenges, as well as grief and loss. In addition to her private counselling service, Linda is a Family Preservation and Reunification Counsellor with Hollyburn Family Services, delivering intensive home-based counselling services to families referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Linda also has extensive training and experience working with addiction and the impacts of drug and alcohol dependency on individuals and family members.
Maureen Chute, MA, RCC
Maureen has worked with families for over 15 years in a variety of clinical, community, and education settings. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor for 10 years, Maureen has worked with individuals, couples, youth, and families in public health clinics, hospice/palliative care, private practice, and family service agencies. She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has trained in family therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Conflict resolution and Mediation, and Motivational Interviewing. Maureen helps clients work through major life changes, marital and relationship problems, sudden illness, parenting challenges, addiction, grief and loss, and stress associated with work/life and school/life balance. In addition to family work, Maureen provided individual counselling for teens and young adults for social anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, impacts of sexual assault, self-harm, and suicidal ideation for four years at the Burnaby Youth Clinic. Maureen has also developed and led grief support groups for teens and adults. In addition to private counselling, Maureen is the Supervisor of Family Programs for Hollyburn Family Services. She provides support to counselling teams in Family Support, Parent-teen mediation, Family Preservation and Reunification, and the FASD keyworker program. Her graduate thesis focused on developing a therapeutic approach to families coping with childhood cancer, culminating in her book published in 2008 titled Closeness in Crisis: A Proposal for Identifying Resilience in Couples who Face the Crisis of Cancer in their Child. Maureen has additional articles published on mental health and parenting topics in newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, and the North Shore News.
Christine Skwarok, MC, RCC
Christine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She has a Masters of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle, and postgraduate training in Clinical Traumatology from the Trauma Institute. She works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families to identify, process, and work through challenges. Christine is a trained group facilitator in The Incredible Years Parenting Program where she promotes and teaches practical strategies for parents with highly oppositional children. She has worked extensively with high-conflict families seeking ways to improve their relationship with their child or teen with special needs. Christine takes an integrative approach to therapy, addressing stress, anxiety, grief, depression, relationship issues, and trauma. She is a client-centered counsellor who works within the context of a family systems approach, drawing on client strengths and past successes. Christine also specializes in trauma counselling for those who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic experience and seek help to keep this from impacting their relationships. Using the TriPhasic Model of Trauma Therapy, Christine guides clients to achieve stability and reconnection. She also has experience working with couples across the lifespan who struggle with issues of trust, infidelity, communication, and disconnection.
Chris Burt, MA Clinical Director
Chris has been working with children and families for over 25 years. He has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and 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. Chris 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. Chris is the father of two kids who further his education and understanding every day.
Intern Counsellor/MA Practicum Student
Sessions are provided at a reduced rate with counselling students who are completing their internship toward a Master of Counselling Psychology or Master of Social Work program with Hollyburn Family Services. Clients may opt to receive counselling services from an intern counsellor on a short-term (6 – 8 months) service agreement. All counselling students are supervised by the Clinical Supervisor in conjunction with their training in intensive outreach counselling work with Hollyburn’s family programs. Students are chosen for this internship based on prior experience providing direct service to families, training, and course work specific to family and couples therapy. Please inquire as to the availability of an intern counsellor as this program is administered in accordance with university programs through fall, winter, and spring periods.