Meet Our Counsellors

Kathryn (they/them)- Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor

Hello folks.  A bit about me: I am a registered clinical counsellor with an MA in Counselling and a Bachelor of Social Work.  My background in outreach-based social work informs my practice as a counsellor. Over the past 20 years I’ve worked with LGBTQ2S++ folks in both individual and group settings and with youth and adults from many vibrant communities in Victoria.  Personal change and social change are often deeply connected—I consider the effects of systems of power on the lives of my clients using interpersonal, anti-oppressive and somatic approaches in our work together. I am passionate about the work we do here at VSAC and supporting survivors towards their own healing paths. I am keen on finding ways to reduce barriers to accessing services.  When not working at VSAC you can find me at home trying to learn the guitar, listening to music, spinning wool and tending to my plants.

Catherine (she/her)- Counsellor

I have been a counsellor at VSAC since 2006, providing immediate short-term support to women and trans survivors of sexualized violence. My approach is conversational, holistic and Response-Based. I was born and raised in Spain, completed my B.A. at the University of Alberta, and my M.A. in Counselling Psychology at City University of Seattle. I am very grateful to be living and working on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations, with my partner, two dogs and three beehives. Glad to be serving our VSAC community for the past 17 years!

Metta (they/them) – Counsellor

Metta is a Trauma Therapist and Group Facilitator at VSAC (since 2018), and also works in Private Practice. Metta specializes in Somatic Approaches to trauma therapy for individuals. They have completed the 2-year Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy training with Lisa Mortimore. Metta’s extensive experience in Non-Violent Communication and meditation mean that mindfulness and awareness of needs also strongly inform their approach to therapy.

Nichola (she/her) – Counsellor

I am a graduate of City University of Seattle. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I specialize in interpersonal violence that includes sexualized violence, racialized violence, workplace violence, and partner violence. Also, I work with issues of grief and loss and suicidality. Since 2016, I have been a counsellor at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. In this capacity, a trauma-informed lens is central to my practice. I provide immediate short-term support to women and trans survivors of sexualized violence. This work involves a holistic approach of safety, enhancement of coping skills, and working towards stabilization. In 2020, I began working as a consultant and co-facilitator of Black Youth Empowerment (BYE) with the Prevention Program (Project Respect at VSAC). Also, I am working with the agency Learning Through Loss with grieving youth and young adults ages 13 to 24. When I am not doing clinical work, I am researching, writing, or publishing books. I am grateful to live and work on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.