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Meet the team


All counselling staff have Master’s degrees and are committed to on-going professional development. Counselling services received at Connect Counselling meet professional and ethical standards.

Roxie Van Aller

Executive Director (MA, RCC)

Roxie brings 20 plus years’ experience to her role as Executive Director, and counsellor to Connect Counselling. Roxie is a registered clinical counsellor, with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. Roxie uses her training in Self-Regulation to support clients in healing from trauma and a Gottman approach to her work with couples. Roxie is registered to provide counselling through the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) and ICBC.

Suzanne Harrington (MAA, RCC)


Suzanne Harrington holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization) and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Suzanne has further training in expressive therapies (play and art therapy), trauma and abuse, dissociation, addictions, mental health, and parent-child attachment. She works with children and adults in family, individual and group counselling.

Michelle DeVies

Counsellor (MACP, RCC)

Michelle has amassed a large ‘tool box’ of skills over 15 years of experience as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor that is grounded in Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behaviour and Play Therapy.  From this ‘tool box’, children, young people, adults, couples and families are helped to understand and overcome challenges in their relationship with themselves and others and find a more meaningful and healthy way to live.  Her sense of curiosity, compassion and creativity is reflected in her professional practice.  In her free time, Michelle finds pleasure in creative pursuits such as card-making and glass painting.  She has also been known to participate in fire-walking, abseiling and skiing – although not all at the same time.

John Downes

Counsellor (MC, RCC)

John Downes holds a Master of Counselling degree and is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. John brings over 27 years of clinical experience to Connect Counselling with specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address issues of anxiety and depression, as well as experience using solution-focused therapy.

Joyce Eng

Counsellor (MAC, CCC)

Joyce has a Master of Arts in Counselling degree and is registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She integrates Somatic Experiencing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapies in her practice. Joyce also is registered to provide counselling through the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Angela Kazmierczak (M.S.M.F.T, B.A. Applied Psych )


Angela holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) through Loma Linda University. She specializes in Systems Theory and has completed graduate work in the neurological effects of mindfulness. Angela uses these modalities in her work with individuals and families.

Kim Wardman

Counsellor (MACP, RCC)

Kim holds a Masters of Counselling and Psychology degree, and is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.  Kim is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She uses these therapies and her current training in Somatic experiencing to assist individuals who are facing relationship issues, dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, balancing various demands of life, and is registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Lisa Binnie

Counsellor (BA, MSW, MPA)

Lisa Binnie has over 30 years of experience and holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is former Executive Director of Connect Counselling and provides counselling for our couples counselling program.

Jeff Goreski

Counsellor (BA)

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, he also holds a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Gerontology and Health Promotion from Simon Fraser University and has completed the course work in his Masters of Arts in Gerontology/Health Promotion from S.F.U. He has a passion for supporting men who wish to gain self-awareness and for those navigating various life transitions.  He has facilitated groups for men for over 15 years.

Michael Patzer

Counsellor (MSW, RSW)

Michael Patzer holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. He focuses on using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) to help clients improve their well-being and become the desired version of themselves. He has experience working with both youth and adults in individual and group counselling.

Lynda Fillion

Finance Manager

Lynda has been working at Connect Counselling since 1996. She has certificates in Bookkeeping and creative design. Lynda is responsible for Bookkeeping and other office management duties.

Joanna Shaw

Office Manager

Joanna has many years of office management and customer service experience. She works on various “in-house” projects and oversees the running of reception.  Joanna is happy to provide assistance with inquiries about our services and booking appointments.

Bonnie Williams

Administrative Assistant

Bonnie will usually be your first contact on the telephone and at the front desk, providing assistance with inquiries about our services and booking appointments.

She comes to us with many years of customer service and community activism experience.

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