About Us

About Our Private Practice


Northern Counselling and EMDR is a private practice committed to caring and providing the highest quality of professional confidential therapeutic competence.


Mr. Frantisek Anderko is passionate about strengthening relationships and providing a caring and compassionate place to support the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of his clients. He offers confidential counselling services to adults, youth, couples, and families regarding a variety of mental health issues and relational struggles. Counselling is available in English, Italian and Slovak language.

Providing you with the best counsellors for the best care

Frantisek Anderko
Frantisek Anderko, PhD.

Mr. Frantisek Anderko, Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Self-esteem

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Conflict resolution

  • Stress management

  • Workplace harassment

  • Anxiety/panic attacks

  • Substance abuse & addiction

  • Critical incident stress debriefing

  • Physical/sexual abuse

  • Grief/bereavement

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • First Nations issues

  • Parenting

  • Co-dependency

  • Marital/relationship counselling

  • Family violence

  • Family of origin issues/dysfunction

  • Family therapy

  • Child/youth issues

  • Child abuse trauma

  • Communication

  • Seniors issues

  • Spiritual concerns

  • Transitions/change

  • Other

Mr. Frantisek Anderko is a philosopher, counsellor and psychotherapist. He immigrated to Canada from Ireland in 2010 and currently lives in Prince George, British Columbia with his wife and two children.

In 1995 Frantisek finished his Bachelor’s degree in Theology at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Two years after he completed his Master’s degree in Philosophy at Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy where he also completed his PhD in Philosophy in 2007.

Frantisek always wanted to pursue a career in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which changed into vocation rather than just a day to day job. He obtained his Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2010 from Institute of Integrated Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dublin, Ireland.

From 2010 to 2013 Frantisek worked as a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor at Mackenzie Counselling Services in Mackenzie, BC and joined Northern Health as a Mental Health and Addiction Clinician in Vanderhoof in 2014 and Prince George in 2016. After realizing what else could be done for people with mental health issues in the community, Frantisek opened his own private practice in April 2017.

In 2011 Frantisek became a member of Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA member #3123) and is currently practicing counselling as a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling. He is passionate about EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and OEI (Observed Experiential Integration), which he uses on daily basis on top of other therapeutic approaches.

Frantisek provides counselling in English, Italian and Slovak language.

Tanya Klassen, MEd. Counselling

Mrs. Tanya Klassen, Registered Clinical Counsellor, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and loss

  • Stress management

  • Life transitions

  • Relationship concerns

  • Family dynamics

  • Parenting and child/youth related issues - attachment

  • Generational trauma

  • Individuals, couples and families

  • Self-esteem

  • Coping skills

  • Communication

  • Other

Tanya Klassen lives with her family in Prince George. She is married and has 2 step-sons and one birth son.

Tanya is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (registration # 15317) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a bachelors degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Education Counselling from The University of Northern British Columbia. Tanya is fully trained in EMDR in addition to other therapeutic approaches.

She has worked with children, families and youth for the past 20 years. Raised in a small local town, Tanya understands the unique needs of northern communities and their residents. As a wife, mother and professional, Tanya recognizes the complexities of work-life balance, stress and the need for healthy, happy relationships.

Tanya takes a strength based approach to counselling and believes that people have the skills within themselves to find the solutions they need for the challenges they are facing. She believes that empathy, curiosity and a desire to understand will guide clients in the process of recognizing patterns of behaviour and finding healthier ways of responding to life’s circumstances.

Senga Frisken, MSc. Psychodynamic Counselling

Ms. Senga Frisken, Canadian Certified Counsellor, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and loss

  • Early Childhood and Infant Trauma

  • Abuse

  • Neglect

  • Parenting and child/youth related issues - attachment

  • Self-harm

  • Trauma Attachment

  • Other

Senga was born and raised in Prince George and moved to the US to work once she finished high school. From there she lived and worked in various countries, including Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and the UK, returning to Canada in 2016.


Senga has a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of East London, UK and a Masters of Science degree in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (Member #10001435) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in Ottawa. She was a Counselling Psychotherapist in the UK for 3 years, has been a Mental Health Therapist in Canada since 2016, and has been a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator since 2018.


Senga has experience working with groups, parents, young adults, adolescents and children, covering a range of issues including but not limited to depression and anxiety, suicidality, self-harm, trauma, attachment, relationships, grief and loss, and working through the effects of abuse and neglect. Senga has a special interest in early childhood and infant trauma, attachment issues and dealing with somatic symptoms and other issues that might be ‘hiding in plain sight.

Cheryl Gouchie, BSW, RSW

Mrs. Cheryl Gouchie, Registered Social Worker, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks

  • Stress Management

  • Substance Abuse and Addiction

  • Communication

  • Goal Setting

  • Life Transitions

  • Developmental Phase Navigation

  • Child/Youth Issues

  • Coping Skills

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Parenting Concerns

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Self Harm

  • Grief and Loss

  • Government/Support System Navigation

  • Other

Cheryl was born and raised in the Prince George area. Growing up in the small town of Hixon, along with raising two children in Prince George, helped Cheryl come to understand the issues and barriers facing young people and their families in the North, with respect to service availability and environmental stressors. Having lived in various cities throughout the province Cheryl is proud to call Prince George her home.

Cheryl has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Northern British Columbia and has worked as a Mental Health Therapist in Prince George for the past 5 years, with over a decade of experience working with young people in group home and school settings. She is a Registered Social Worker (Member #14524) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. In the past 5 years Cheryl has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Cheryl was certified as an Emotion Focused Family Therapy Caregiver Workshop Facilitator in 2019, and for the past two years has been educating parents on how to improve their relationships and emotion coach their loved ones who struggle with mental health and/or behavioral issues. Cheryl uses Smart Recovery principles and tools in therapy to support people with recovery from addictions.

Cheryl has experience working with groups, parents, young adults, adolescents, and children, encompassing a range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, conflict resolution, substance abuse and other addictions, along with parenting, and loss and grief. In addition, her familiarity with the health care, education, and social support government systems allows her to
support clients with system navigation. Her therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and client-centered. Cheryl’s passion for working with adolescents, young adults, and parents is fuelled by her belief that people have within them the solutions to their problems, and they can improve their lives, when provided with information, empathy, and a reassuring environment that promotes self-awareness and self-acceptance.


2020 Northern Counselling & EMDR Inc.

1717 3rd Avenue, Unit 201, Prince George, V2L 3G7, BC

Phone: 250-596-8954  /  Fax: 250-596-8956  / Email: northerncounselling.emdr@gmail.com

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