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
- Whether or not you have met with one of our counsellors before
- Your connection to Village Church
- Which Village Church site you attend (Surrey South, Langley North, Langley South)
- A brief description of your situation and/or needs
- Your contact information
Note: All emails sent to counselling@thisisvillagechurc
Counselling & Care Team
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.
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.
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.
As a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) Gabrielle enjoys working with people on a wide range of relational, emotional, and spiritual issues. She has a passion to help people develop a deeper relationship with God as they pursue wholeness in the struggles of life. Gabrielle is committed to being an instrument of God’s healing grace and to helping people know that they don’t have to face the challenges of life alone. She focuses on being a compassionate listener and uses a variety of counselling therapies integrated with a Christian faith perspective to help people. Gabrielle received a Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree from ACTS Seminary and is accredited with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. Previously, she spent 18 years serving as a pastor who worked with children, couples and families. Two years ago she retired from pastoral ministry to work in a private counselling practice. Gabrielle and her husband have been married for 28 years and they enjoy attending church at Village Langley South.
Dave believes that the journey towards healing and wholeness can begin through co-creating an authentic and trusting relationship with his clients. Through compassion and care, Dave helps his clients explore new insights and fresh ways to respond to their difficulties.
Being made in God’s image means each person has innate worth and value and is created for meaningful connection. Dave considers it an honour to walk alongside his clients on their journey of connecting with their self, connecting with others, and connecting with God. He counts it a privilege to create a safe and secure space to explore each client’s unique story.
He is currently working on his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy at Trinity Western University and is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families.
Ann is a former teacher and women's ministry director, a wife, a mother, and grandmother. She has journeyed with many women, helping them to trust God the Father for strength, direction, and freedom in difficult times. Ann depends on the Holy Spirit for guidance and discernment as she listens to others.
Ajay is currently in his final year of his Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree at Trinity Western University. Ajay believes that a key component to counselling is providing a safe space where people can feel fully free to share and express themselves so that they may be able to live life in a way that is authentic to who they were made to be. His approach to counselling integrates themes of meaning, purpose, identity, and fulfilment as it relates to the lives of those he works with. He often works with issues of self-worth, relationships, depression, anxiety, and spiritual issues such as doubt. He uses emotion-focused, experiential, and cognitive behavioural techniques to help people understand, communicate, and connect to themselves, others, and the world around them, in a deep and meaningful way.
Hilary's greatest hope as a counsellor is to help people grow, heal, and become more fully themselves regardless of what is going on in their life. She tailors counselling to fit the goals and strengths of each client, and takes a holistic and realistic approach. This means she aims to honour and support the God-given whole person, but also strives to offer practical and common sense insights on how to move forward. Hilary sincerely hopes that the people she works with will feel accepted, welcomed, and empowered throughout counselling.
Hilary has been an active member of Village Church since 2013 and is in her last year of her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She is also actively engaged in research, which helps her stay up to date with current information and interventions. Hilary practices primarily from a humanistic orientation, yet frequently draws on interventions from cognitive behavioural and emotion-focused therapy.
Cordelia is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. She believes that: “when we are frightened and in pain, we need others with whom we can be honest. We need to reach out to someone who is safe, who will not judge, who will not shut down or shun our pain” (Joanna Cacciatore).
Her goal is to support you in noticing how your emotions are connected to any unmet needs and explore alternative ways in which you can go about meeting those needs. Cordelia sees herself as a fellow human being who journeys alongside you to shine the light on dark places. She aims to support you in taking steps toward hope, change, meaning and wholeness.
Cordelia has training and experience in working with individuals and couples.