About Us

Kate Pinsonneault

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Kate holds a MA in Counselling Psychology and has been helping individual, families, couples and children overcome challenges and reach their potential for over 40 years.  


Relationships, attachment, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, and parenting challenges are the focus of Kate's current practice, writing, and workshop presentations. 


Kate integrates attachment theory and mindfulness practices with cutting edge research in the fields of neurobiology, psychology  and trauma.  She applies these to her practice with compassion and cultural sensitivity.  Her approach is warm, accepting, and positive.  Kate is skilled in a variety of therapeutic approaches.  These including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective treatment for many types of psychological distress including trauma and PTSD; Internal Family Systems that works with our protective system and heals the parts of us that are burdened with emotional wounds; and Sandtray therapy that can help reveal beliefs or fears that we are often unaware of but affect our daily lives. Kate also offers bio-feedback, narrative therapy and somatic approaches that focus on how our bodies respond to situations.    


With decades of experience working with children and a post-graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health, she understands the social and emotional challenges facing children and their parents today.  

Kate works with the Crime Victim Assistant Program, First Nations Health Authority, Homewood Health, Autism Funding Unit of MCFD, Self Design, ICBC, Moreau Shapell, Brown Crawshaw, and Wamsley.   If you are involved with these organizations, payment for services may be covered in full. 

Dave Waugh

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Dave practices a therapeutic blend of wholistic psychotherapy and mentoring that is informed by neuroscience and includes the somatic, emotional, relational, vocational and spiritual aspects of our lives. His specialty is helping individuals or couples that feel lost or stuck in a life transition and want to heal, transform and evolve. 


There are many kinds of life transitions where we can get lost or stuck.  Some are: Quarter-life Crisis, Midlife Crisis, Getting married, Couples growing through developmental stages, having children, Children growing through developmental stages, Children leaving home, Affairs, Divorce, Illness, Loss of a loved one, Retiring, Losing a job, Getting promoted, or Experiencing a lack of meaning and purpose.


Dave takes a client-centered approach where the therapeutic process and pace honours an individual or a couple’s values, beliefs, and comfort level. If there is abuse or trauma that is happening presently or has occurred in the past, treating this is central to the healing process.  Dave helps individuals or couples heal the pain caused by negative beliefs and experiences.  By clearing barriers, inner resources are uncovered.  These strengths help individuals navigate through life transitions, reducing distress and bringing psychological and spiritual well-being. 

Dave is a Registered Professional Counsellor and offers sessions in person, over the phone or through online video for your convenience and privacy.  


If you have insurance coverage, please check with your Insurance Provider first to see they cover services provided by a Registered Professional Counsellor. 

Ryan Salter

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Ryan has an MA in Counselling Psychology, and a post graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling.  He blends a solution focused, strength based therapy style with a holistic approach to mental health that involves not just the mind, but the body, environment, culture, and spirituality.  He use’s techniques drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, and Bio-Feedback.


 Ryan offers a therapeutic process that can be both profound and yet simple and subtle as it builds insight into thoughts and feelings.  

You will learn techniques to help you get ‘unstuck’, calm your nervous system, figure out what’s most important in your life, and use concrete strategies to start making the changes you want in your life.  Mindfulness builds a critical skill that allows you to respond to the world with intention instead of quick reactions, which can get us into trouble.  


Ryan acknowledges that life can be really tough. These struggles can sometimes affect how we see ourselves, others  or our world and create thoughts that get stuck in ways that do not let us move forward with our lives.  Therapy can help us break free of this trap to begin a new direction for our lives with clarity and purpose.


Ryan has worked in the mental health field for 11 years in a variety of positions, including working with special needs kids, in addictions programs, crisis intervention, and the health care system.  He specializes in anxiety disorders, depression, and addictions, as well as treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and those experiencing suicidal thoughts. Ryan also offers online sessions for your convenience. 


As a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor – many insurance plans cover his services.  

Practicum Student Carly Boyle

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We regularly work with practicum students who are completing the requirements to become Clinical Counsellors.   Sometimes students attend and participate in sessions with their clinical supervisors while others are ready to work independently.  Many clients enjoy having the benefit of two counsellors while others appreciate the discount fee when they see a master's level student.  


Currently our intern is Carly Boyle, a practicum student completing her Master's degree with City University.  Carly has already completed a practicum placement with the school district and enjoyed counselling children and teens.  Working at Seahorse Counselling and Consulting is allowing Carly to flourish as she further develops her skills providing counselling for both children and adults. 

Carly is finishing up her second and final year of her MEd in Counselling through City University. 

Carly has taken an interest in working with clients on relationships, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and life transitions.

She takes a client-centered approach to her counselling practice and aims to provide authentic, compassionate support as she journeys with her clients through the challenges they face.  She uses a variety of approaches in her practice including family systems, attachment theory, CBT, narrative therapy, solution-focused, DBT and others.  


If you are interested in receiving counselling from our practicum student Carly, please feel free to book an appointment online.