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Our Team

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Susan Grinder

Founder of Charis Counselling

Registered Psychologist

Susan Grinder is a Registered Psychologist and owner of Charis Counselling Corporation. She has been practicing in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and healthy relationship development using Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, Solution-Focused, and other therapeutic modalities. Susan works with children, adults, couples, and families from a Client-Centered, Existential, and Jungian philosophy. She strives to assist with clients' holistic health via self-acceptance, healing, empowerment, and mastery. She is also a First Nations counselling services provider.

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Kyneeshaw Brightley

MA in Counselling Psychology 

Kyneeshaw Brightley offers a non-judgmental, respectful, and collaborative environment for all individuals to find dignity and genuine care. Their perspective focuses on personal strengths and integrates a trauma-informed lens for all people-- including marginalized groups. To support each person's goals, Kyneeshaw utilizes tools from Client-Centered, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT/ SFBT), Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Having been on the client-end of the therapeutic relationship, Kyneeshaw knows the importance of compassion and honesty. Therefore, they are committed to assisting clients in finding what they need and feeling empowered.

Paitan Molde

MA in Counselling Psychology

I believe that each client presents with their own unique set of needs and concerns, and I work hard to determine the appropriate and necessary therapeutic process or intervention required. I strive to make the appropriate adaptions to each individual client, as we are all deserving of personalized, genuine, and empathic care. I believe my client is the expert of their own lives and experiences and I am there to provide gentle guidance, skills, and interventions to increase their ability to cope and increase trust in their inner strength. I primarily practice from a Person-Centered approach. I also draw from Emotion Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, making appropriate adjustments based on each client’s needs. Additionally, I incorporate trauma-informed practices into my work. I believe there is great value in taking healing from a self-compassion and holistic approach. I provide individual counselling to teens, adolescence, and adults. 

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Sabaria Ahmed

MA in Counselling Psychology

Sabaria offers a warm, welcoming, and judgement-free environment for clients to feel safe, understood, and be their authentic selves. She uses an individualized, integrative, and holistic Client-Centred approach to aid clients in healing, and growth. Also, Sabaria incorporates cultural sensitivity and intersectionality in her therapeutic interventions particularly with individuals who experience multiple social identities or marginalization. Sabaria possesses specialized expertise in working with diverse populations, marginalized individuals, youth, LGBTQIA2s+, survivors of domestic violence, individuals struggling with substance abuse, and anger management. She also supports clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, PTSD, etc. Collaborative relationships with clients is the goal with emotional regulation, communication, self-esteem, and accepting life transitions.

Sabaria is fluent in English, Urdu, and Punjabi.

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Rachel Lingnau

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Rachel Lingnau is completing their Master of Counselling Psychology internship at Charis Counselling. They believe in the importance of collaboration, authenticity, and holistic care and aim to provide a safe space where everyone feels welcome and heard. From Rachel’s own experiences, they know how difficult and scary it can be to seek mental health support. They also know how incredibly validating and relieving it can be and they want to share with you your struggles and successes as you continue on your life journey. Rachel is especially passionate about working with diverse and marginalized individuals and has experience with 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and people experiencing difficulties related to substance use and trauma. They apply tools from Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered therapy primarily and Client-Centered, trauma-informed and harm reduction modalities. In your work together, Rachel hopes to help you gain insight into yourself, foster hope for your future, and empower you to build the life you want.

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Tehya Davey

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Tehya Davey is a Master of Counselling Intern at Charis Counselling. She is dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing space where individuals can embark on a journey towards wholeness and well-being. Through collaborative work, clients not only address immediate concerns, but also develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, empowerment, and alignment. One of Tehya’s favourite quotes is: “quiet the mind and the soul will speak”. Tehya is committed to listening and cultivating an environment where clients’ souls can open up. She draws from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including Client-Centered, mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioural, Narrative, Emotion-Focused, and Solution-Focused therapies. Her areas of expertise encompass anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sports psychology, trauma, grief, and self-esteem struggles. Having experienced therapy as a client herself, Tehya understands the nerve-wracking nature of the process. She assures clients that they will be heard, seen, and honored for taking this courageous step towards healing. 

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Syd Homynyk

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Syd is in the process of completing her Master of Counselling degree at City University of Seattle. She seeks to foster an inclusive space built around empathy, authenticity, safety, and warmth. All intersectional identities are welcome and embraced with Syd, she is queer inclusive, culturally sensitive, sex-worker friendly, and trauma-informed. Syd has training in Narrative Therapy and draws from this modality, as well as from Jungian, and Feminist theories. Particularly, she is interested in helping people with anxiety, depression, identity struggles, spirituality, trauma, or navigating grief and loss. She believes that people are the experts of their own lives and seeks to collaboratively reach the unique goals of each client. Her personal therapy has been rich with growth and healing. She could not be more grateful for these experiences and would be privileged to journey alongside you on your path toward healing. Outside of the therapy room, Syd loves music, being in nature, creative pursuits, and spending time with her cats.  

Keesha Sidhu

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Not Accepting New Clients

Keesha Sidhu is a former educator and a Registered Provisional Psychologist.

She uses a Client-Centered approach in her sessions and applies tools from Cognitive Behavioural, Narrative, and Trauma Therapy. Keesha also specializes in Mindfulness and aspires to help her clients grow authentically in a positive/ safe environment while remaining culturally sensitive. 

She has experience in counselling children, adolescents, families, and adults. 



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