We offer counselling services at no cost to people who call Village Church home. The Counselling & Care department exists to help reduce barriers and equip people to be transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus. We will work with you to find the right person to connect with in light of your particular situation. If you would like to receive counselling or care, provide the following information when making your request through the link below:
- Your name
- Your age
- Your connection to Village Church
- A brief description of your situation and/or needs
- Your contact information
Note: All emails sent to counselling@thisisvillagechurc
Counselling & Care Team
Josh Kruse: I'm a Registered Psychologist and the Pastor of Counselling and Care at Village. It's a privilege to get to enter into a person’s story and see how I can best support them and guide them. I am blessed to work in a setting that allows me to integrate faith with counselling, following guidance from the Holy Spirit. My goal is to understand who I am working with as much as possible to come alongside and provide insight, help process through difficult thoughts and emotions, and provide practical tools as needed.
I work with a variety of individual issues and I specialize in working with couples at various stages in their relationship—working from an Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy framework—helping clients better understand their pattern of connection and disconnection. In doing this—and helping each partner communicate what they need from their partner—they can create greater connection in their relationship and heal from relationship hurts and difficulties.
Justin Waller: I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) and Associate of Counselling & Care. My approach to counselling is eclectic and holistic as I draw on the faith foundations and elaborate on most of the contemporary models to form an integrative approach to therapy. I employ a variety of techniques from various counselling models and therapies, as well as, spiritual techniques such as prayer and scriptures. I work with clients to develop greater perspective as they encounter challenges and barriers in their faith and life.
My priority is to create a safe and open place to share/explore current or past life experiences. A space that you feel positively supported to help increase your courage to grow. My hope is that you will see me as genuine, non-judgemental, and striving to understand your life’s experiences. I enjoy working with people no matter what stage or circumstance of life they're in.
Lisa Catallo: I am a trauma-informed therapist that helps couples and singles negotiate their ways through various relationships in their lives. I aim to build a safe, authentic and caring relationship with you incorporating faith into our work together. I am especially passionate about working with couples in all stages of their relationship, from engagement to newly marrieds, to perpetual problems and abuse in marriage. I rely on emotion-focused therapy and Gottman-therapy training to frame how we will work together. I believe that these tools work well to provide practical solutions to issues that you are facing right now while exploring the emotions that are undergirding your responses so that you are able to learn new ways of interacting with your spouse and, in turn, other people in your life.
I have my MA in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western and am practicing out of Canvas Counselling in Langley. I am an active member of Village Church, and one of the ways that I serve is through counselling individuals and couples.
Dawna-Lyn Broadhead: Dawna-Lyn relies on God, asking Him for wisdom and discernment in each situation while also drawing from over three decades of experience of walking hundreds of people through a myriad of issues - offering a listening ear, Biblical perspective, a lot of common sense, comfort, and help in making a plan to move forward.
Dr. Justin Dennison: Justin is a Certified Psychotherapist and volunteers his time as a counsellor. He has a passion to support people in their journey and see them grow in their walk with Jesus. Justin was a lead pastor for many years and has pastored in the UK, Canada and the USA. Three years ago he joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) with his wife and pioneered a Discipleship Training School in the UK where they are originally from. He took early retirement this year - but they have definitely not retired from being involved in ministry! Justin and his wife are both very involved in Village Church and attend Village North. He has had the privilege to work with all kinds of people, in particular with couples. He believes lasting transformation can happen when we cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
Steve Bentley: Steve adopts a caring, client-centered, collaborative approach to counselling. Using various techniques from a variety of counselling models and therapies he is able to reach the needs of his clients. Steve is passionate about working as a counsellor and believes it is essential to provide a safe environment where individuals can explore who they are and develop a sense of self. It is through building an authentic and meaningful relationship with Steve that clients are able to gain insight, utilize skills, and work through difficult situations.
Steve received a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies with a focus on Family, Marriage, & Community from Regent College. Steve has over ten years of experience working in fields focused on conflict resolution and assisting those in crisis, including work with adults, youth, and family. Steve is currently in the final stages of completing the requirements to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
Emily Wong: Emily believes every person is created with a desire for connection and wholeness. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where authentic dialogue and exploration can take place. In her role as a counsellor, Emily supports her clients in gaining insight into the impact of their difficult experiences. She also collaborates with her clients in developing new ways to respond to current challenges. Through her gentle and attentive presence, Emily walks alongside her clients in their journey of healing, change, and transformation.
Emily is currently in her final year of studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, and she is honoured to witness each of her client's unique unfolding story.
Val Hoock: Val is an intern at Village Church while working on her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University. Her gentle spirit and empathic presence will help provide a safe environment for you to move towards healing and wholeness. She believes that all people are created in the image of God and as such have immeasurable value.
Her passion is to help individuals, couples, and families discover, embrace, and live out their God-given potential. She views relational or emotional pain as a signal for the need for help, forgiveness and/or healing. Val would be privileged to walk with you through whatever challenge or distress you are encountering.