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Mental Health Counselling

The PCN Mild to Moderate Mental Health Counselling Service supports individuals with mild to moderate mental health concerns. 

PCN Clinical Counsellors are available to provide short-term counselling support. Eligible patients can receive up to 6 individual sessions. The goal is to reach patients that do not have access to extended health benefits, cannot afford counselling services and do not qualify for services from Burnaby Mental Health Substance Use. Services can be directly offered in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi, and Afrikaans, as well as in any other language with support from Provincial Language Services.

Eligibility

  • Patient is attached to a Burnaby Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner 
  • Patient is 19 years or older
  • Patient is suspected to have mild to moderate mental health and/or substance use condition
  • Patient could benefit from brief intervention and/or connection to self-help/community resources
  • Patient cannot access service through other means (e.g. private pay, extended health benefits, WCB, ICBC)

Please speak with your Burnaby-based Primary Care Provider to see if you are eligible for this service.

Meet Our Counsellors

KIANA ABEDI, MSW, RSW
PCN Clinical Coordinator

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Qualifications: Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work

Experience: Has worked in MHSU for over 10 years. She was a Therapist on Surrey MHSUS’ ASTAT (Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment) team, one of the largest community outpatient psychotherapy programs in BC. She offered solution focused, behavioural, psychodynamic, family systems, CBT, DBT and narrative approaches for moderate to severe mental health and substance use clients. She also brings experience from working across a range of substance use services such as Heartwood Centre for Women (PHSA), Maple Ridge Treatment Centre (FHA), BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program (Ministry), and Richmond Addiction Services.

Fun Fact: She has a 2.5 year old son named Ryan

Talino Bruno, PhD, MA
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Metrotown
Other Language:
basic Italian

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Qualifications: PhD in Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education; MA in Counselling Psychology

Experience: Talino started his career working as substance use therapist in the Youth Custody system. His experience working with youth and their families allowed him to obtain a position with MCFD in an Integrated Mental Health team. This team was eventually moved into the Fraser Health Authority where Talino has worked for the past 18 years.  He has supported and provided counselling to youth and adults dealing with various mental health and substance use issues. He has also provided counselling and support for families affected by these issues and developed psychoeducational groups for the community. He supports his client using a broad range of modalities such as CBT, DBT, and Strength/Solution based therapy.

Fun Fact: Plays guitar and soccer.

Barrett Carter, MC
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Qualifications: Clinical Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling 

Experience: My past clinical experience includes supporting youth and adults struggling with substance use, mental health issues or both. I have also facilitated substance use education and prevention groups for a local school board. My practice is primarily informed by person centered and strength-based therapies and will draw from other approaches such as ACT and SFBT when required.      

Fun Fact: My wife and I have a combined height of 12’6”

Catherine Coombe,
BKin, MACP, RCC
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Edmonds

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Qualifications:  Bachelor of Kinesiology, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Experience: After a career of working in the human resources field, Catherine decided to take her passion of helping others in a different direction and went back to school to obtain her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Catherine has always had a passion for supporting others through a person-centered, strengths-based approach. Her experience as a Strengths Coach has allowed her to work with a variety of individuals, helping them discover how leaning into their strengths can support positive change in their lives. As a Health Coach, Catherine is committed to building connections and to creating a safe and trusting environment for those she supports.

Fun Fact: Even though Catherine isn’t a fan of cooking she watches a ridiculous amount of Food Network, Top Chef being her favourite show.

Lacey Dasilva, BSW, MSW, RSW
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Clinical Social Work, Registered Social Worker

Experience: Lacey has nearly a decade of experience working in both addictions and mental health, including relapse prevention and crisis counselling. She spent the last three years working as a Social Worker on the Older Adult Mental Health Unit at Royal Columbian Hospital. During her time there, Lacey worked to support those admitted as well as their loved ones and families as they experienced challenges around ageing, loss, bereavement, changes in roles, circumstances and life transitions. Lacey practices from a strength-based and trauma-informed lens, frequently using a family and ecological systems approach. Lacey believes in the innate wisdom, strength and resilience of all people and considers it a great privilege to work with you.

Fun Fact: Born and raised in the hometown of Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Graham Bell and Lawren Harris. Enjoys great coffee, good stationery and time in nature. 

Julia Kubow, BA, MSW, RSW
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Hastings-Brentwood

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Qualifications: Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelor of Psychology

Experience: Julia worked as a case manager with Burnaby Mental Health and Substance Use, where she worked with clients with chronic mental illness and concurrent disorders. She previously worked with John Howard Society and the Elizabeth Fry Society, where she worked with clients with persistent multiple barriers who were involved in the justice system, advocating for their rightful justice and fair treatment. She also brings experience from Victoria, working with addiction recovery clients at Island Health. Julia uses Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and she is committed to a trauma-informed, strengths-based practice. Julia believes that the role of the counsellor is to guide the client toward creating greater awareness of their strengths and activating their internal resources.

Fun Fact: Julia enjoys paddleboarding throughout the year.

Mehrdad Talakar, MED, MA
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Metrotown
Other Language: Persian (Farsi dialect)

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Qualifications: Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Counselling Psychology and a Masters in Psychology

Experience: Previously worked as a counsellor at Jim Pattison Primary Care Centre in Surrey and Maple Ridge Treatment Centre, as well as an individual and group Therapist for Daytox Creekside Withdrawal Management for mental health and addiction recovery clients. Mehrdad uses CBT, DBT, client centred, schema therapy and gestalt approaches with clients.

Fun Fact: Keen on poetry, musician playing (Tanbour and lute Middle Eastern instruments) and love nature

Andre Van Rooi, MHA, BSc
PCN Clinical Counsellor

Primary Neighbourhood: Hastings-Brentwood
Other Language: Afrikaans

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Qualifications: Masters of Health Administration, Certified Clinical Exercise Psychologist and Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator

Experience: Served as a Case Manager/Clinical Counsellor with Burnaby MHSUS, managing a case load of 60 patients living with chronic persistent mental illness and concurrent disorders. He has worked collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team setting with team psychiatrists. Andre utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, motivational interviewing, and a ‘recovery approach’ with his clients.

Fun Fact: Andre currently plays competitive soccer in VMSL, and used to be a professional television actor

Ann-Marie Heino, BSW, RSW
PCN Clinical Counsellor
(ON LEAVE)

Primary Neighbourhood: Edmonds
Other Language: French

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Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and currently working towards her Master’s degree, Registered Social Worker

Experience:  Ann-Marie has worked in Fraser Health for the past 18 years in various acute and community-based programs including SMH, RCH, Queen’s Park, Acquired Brain Injury Services and the Home Hemodialysis program. She has provided extensive support to individuals experiencing life changes, grief/loss, various mental health concerns, relationship difficulties and chronic health conditions. She practices from a holistic, strengths-based and systems-oriented approach believing each individual is the expert of their own life story. She sees her role as being a safe and empowering resource to help equip clients to achieve their personal goals. She is a strong believer in the power of reframing our thoughts/words as well as utilizing physical movement, creative expression and humour to activate different pathways that allow for healing to occur. She encourages people to never underestimate the impact of accepting what is, embracing self-compassion and making the smallest of changes.

Fun Fact: She is an avid nap-taker, thrift-finder, ocean-lover, tie-dyer and lifelong-learner as she attempts to keep up to her active daughter and furry feline.

Please note that clinicians may move around based on the volume and needs of patients.

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