About Us

About Our Private Practice

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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., MPCC

Dr. Frantisek Anderko, Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC), 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.

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Tanya Klassen, MEd. Counselling, RCC

Mrs. Tanya Klassen, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), 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.

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Senga Frisken, MSc. Psychodynamic Counselling, CCC

Ms. Senga Frisken, Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), 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 been trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and OEI (Observed Experiential Integration) Level 1.

 

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.

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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.

Suzanne LeBlanc, PhD., M.Ed., M.B.A, M.A., RCC, CCC

Dr. Suzanne LeBlanc, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Mindfulness

  • Communication

  • Goal Setting
  • Life Transitions/Change

  • Coping Skills

  • Work/life Balance

  • Employment and Career Related Challenges

  • Body Image/Weight Challenges

  • Grief and Loss

  • Other

Suzanne has two grown children and has lived in Prince George for more than 25 years. She loves being outdoors in nature, running, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, or biking.

 

Suzanne has a BA, MA, and PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She also has an MBA and a Master’s degree in Education specializing in Counselling from the University of Northern British Columbia. Suzanne is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC, registration #17128) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA, registration #1887). She is also a Certified Professional in Human Resources and prior to transitioning into counselling, she spent 20 years in labour relations and human resources positions. As a counsellor, she has training in a wide range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), narrative therapy, trauma-informed, and mindfulness-based approaches.

 

Her approach to therapy is to create a safe and validating space where she works collaboratively with clients to help them better understand themselves, identify and achieve therapeutic goals that will improve their quality of life and help them live the types of life they want to live.

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Robyn Beauregard, M.A. Counselling Psychology, CCC

Mrs. Robyn Beauregard, Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) - candidate, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks

  • Grief and Loss

  • Trauma

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Stress Management

  • Relaxation and Mindfulness

  • Relationships & Communication

  • Self-esteem and Self-acceptance

  • Coping Skills

  • Recovering from Abuse & Neglect

  • Suicidal Ideation and Self-harm

  • Other

Robyn works with children, youth, and adults, and is passionate about providing person-centered therapy from a strengths-based, trauma-informed, collaborative perspective. She incorporates Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, somatic interventions, arts and creativity, and OEI (Observed Experiential Integration).

 

Robyn grew up in Prince George. She achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, her British Columbia Teaching Certificate through Simon Fraser University, and her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (# 10008856).

 

Robyn has worked in education for the past twenty years. She loves learning, traveling, cooking, baking, painting, gardening, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives with her husband and two children in Prince George.

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Jenny Pouffe, MSW Clinical Counselling, RSW

Mrs. Jenny Plouffe, Registered Social Work in Clinical Counselling, has the experience to offer specialized services in:

  • Parent - Child / Youth Attachment

  • Parenting Challenges

  • Relationship Concerns (couples/families)

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress/Anger Management

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Balance/Wellness

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Trauma

  • Other

Jenny Plouffe has lived in Prince George all her life. She enjoys this community with her partner as well as their adult son. Jenny obtained her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Northern BC and a Master of Social Work with the University of Calgary: Specialization in Clinical Practice.  She is a Registered Social Worker (registration #10837) with the BC College of Social Workers and a member of the BC Association of Social Work.

Jenny has had a wealth of experience supporting adults, children, youth, and families for over 25 years using eclectic counseling approaches and methods. Some of these methods include: Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (incl. Trauma), Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Therapy. She is also trained in play therapy, family mediation, and is a Circle of Security and Triple P Parenting Certified Facilitator, in addition to being certified in the early childhood attachment interventions of Modified Interaction Guidance and Wait, Watch & Wonder. 

She believes that relationships are the fundamental bases of who we are. However, they are fluid because as we grow, so should our relationships. This is true for intimate relationships as well as care-giving ones, since we shift how we relate to our aging toddler, teenager, or parents very differently. Jenny’s intention is to support people in recognizing their strengthens which, can in turn support their own personal growth and healing; along with fostering stronger, healthier relationships.

 

© 2021 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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