Our Interns

Ryan Carlisle



With a desire to support those in need, Ryan attended Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and recently graduated with honours. He holds a Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling and now works daily with a wide range of clients.

With a personal goal to kill the stigma of “Real men don’t talk about their feelings,” and “Don’t be so emotional.” "Get it together, it’s not that bad.” Ryan has been working in a large treatment center with men struggling with a variety of addictions and a host of mental health needs since 2018. Ryan also counsels individuals looking for an honest approach to self-improvement in a safe and non-judgmental environment focused on increased accountability, transparency, and a desire to achieve a higher quality of life. Ryan is committed to empowering and supporting that process.

Having a deep love of community and personal connections, Ryan previously owned a company providing seniors with support for physical and mental disabilities and through this, created connections with care homes all over the Greater Vancouver Area.


Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling.


Counselling status

Counselling Candidate


Fun Fact 

When Ryan was 21 years old, he lived in the Caribbean for 6 months and worked on a yacht and when he was 39, Ryan moved to Northern Thailand for 6 months to train in a Muay Thai camp. In his off time, Ryan loves coaching kickboxing, riding horses or Harleys.

Book recommendation:  Wild at Heart- John Eldredge

Favourite quotes:

Nothing changes if nothing changes.


If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.   

Pearce Hahn



Nature lover, banjo maker, cellist, and amateur cartoonist. Pearce is comfortable in his own skin and enjoys helping others discover and reclaim their most authentic lives.

With over a decade of experience as an educator and coach in the health technology and gaming sectors, Pearce has been recognized for his honest and supportive leadership approach. He began his Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2018 and is keenly stepping into a role that has felt like a lifetime calling.

Pearce's approach is warm and respectful, and he strives to provide space for honest, meaningful, and even humorous conversations; he believes that speaking thoughts and feelings can lead to immense healing and growth.


Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, 2020 (In Progress)

Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 2008

Counselling status:

-Practicum Student-Yorkville University Graduate Program

Why are you a counsellor?

Because I want to be! It is deeply meaningful for me to walk alongside others as they face times of uncertainty and challenge. During seasons of struggle and growth, I have been fortunate to have found clarity and support from genuine and gentle counsel. I hope to offer space where clients can recognize and realize what is most meaningful to them.

Something we wouldn't know about you?

In high school, I skipped class to skateboard and wound up in a cereal commercial.

Most shared book recommendation?

Shop Class as Soul Craft – Mathew Crawford

Man's Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Favourite quote(s)?

"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." – Carl Jung

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." – Rumi

Zoe Plant



Zoe has extensive experience working in a youth suicide-prevention centre, group homes, as a support worker, and in a volunteer community counselling organization. She recently worked in UNB’s Counselling Services in mental health outreach and is so excited to begin her career as a professional counsellor. Zoe understands the benefits of having a safe, non-judgmental, collaborative space to work through and understand the inner workings and emotions of individuals. She can appreciate the incredible benefits this space offers from her own personal experiences with counselling. Constantly working towards self-growth and enhancement, Zoe is also committed to self-care. Zoe is an enthusiastic, adventure-loving, open-hearted person with a true passion for connecting with and supporting people. She loves being outside, exploring different cultures and places, and challenging herself in whichever ways she can. She looks forward to connecting with you and supporting you on your own path to learning about the unique inner workings that make up your authentic self. 

Master of Education in Counselling – University of New Brunswick, 2020 (in progress)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Victoria, 2017

Counselling Status
Practicum student – University of New Brunswick Graduate program 

Why are you a counsellor?
I have always had a passion for helping and supporting people. I recall a specific moment as a teenager when I realized how much people are dealing with internally. We never know the struggles or challenges people around us are facing. We all have a story to tell. I found myself being drawn to topics such as addiction, trauma, and mental health from a young age. It wasn’t until my undergraduate degree that I realized I could have a career doing these very things and exploring these very topics. It has been my aspiration and mission to follow this career path ever since. I am so fulfilled and inspired by people’s stories and feel incredibly privileged to be alongside people’s paths to healing as they embark on their counselling journeys. 

Something we wouldn’t know about you?
I can’t do a peace sign with my right hand. 

Most shared book recommendation?
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction - Gabor Maté
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel Van Der Kolk 

 Favourite quote(s)?
 “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) 

Ryan Young



Ryan is better at counselling than writing bios.

As a consequence of a diverse work and personal history, Ryan is accepting of people and where they are at, understanding that everyone is intertwined with their multi-textured and unique contexts and is doing the best they currently can.

He has primarily worked in engineering for the last decade but has also worked in sawmills, renovations contracting, mechanics, solar power, and park development. He has taught martial arts and self-defence, and has travelled to 30 different countries. Ryan understands the challenges of marriage and divorce, is a half time, single parent of two young children, and is constantly working to evolve.



  • Master of Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, current

  • Environmental Engineering Technology, BCIT, 2012

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology, Okanagan College, 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, OUC, 2003


Counselling Status:

Practicum student/developing counsellor - WACS


Why are you a counsellor?

I consider personal exploration to be creative and sacred work. None of us exist separate of our influences. We can only work within what we know and, as we expand our ways of knowing, we actively change our worlds. By being actively present and engaging, genuinely and passionately, with other people, we create something combined that would not have grown otherwise. Through challenges I have found the value of having a safe space to explore new ways of understanding, and work to help create that space for others.

Something you wouldn’t know about me

Despite my years of training and fighting in martial arts, and my steady stream of chaotic adventures, I am fundamentally non-violent and a vegan.

Most shared book recommendation

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Favourite quote

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward to growth. Growth must be chosen again and again: fear must be overcome again and again” – Abraham Maslow

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” Georg C Lichtenberg

Rachael Spyker


Over the last 9 years Rachael has gained experience studying the intersection of Psychology,
spirituality, and justice. She is passionate about social justice and community wholeness, and
fervently advocates for others in order to help facilitate growth and healing among individuals
and her community. Working with individuals of all ages, she has a wide range of experience
counselling people living with severe psychiatric disorders. Additionally, the past few years
Rachael has worked with both youth and adults who are living with substance use dependency.
Rachael works from a multi-cultural and trauma informed perspective which is a foundation to
her counselling practice.

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress), Yorkville University
Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Spanish - University of British Columbia
Certified in Advanced Emotion Focused Family Therapy
Certified in Motivational Interviewing
Certified in Cultural Competency Counselling
Certified in Mental Health First Aid
Trained Suicide Prevention clinician

Counselling status
Practicum Student - Yorkville University Graduate Program


Why are you a counsellor?
I have an intense passion around understanding the unconscious processes which dictate our
behaviours. Particularly, how those patterned beliefs and behaviours, which are formed
predominantly in our early childhood environments, guide and control us into adulthood. Diving
into and exploring the depths of the psyche is the most fascinating and exciting endeavour I
could imagine. Especially with the emergence of the study of epigenetics. Understanding that
while we are affected by, we are not fated to our history, in fact we are in far more control of our
healing than we could have imagined. This is an empowering piece of information that we have
been gifted. However, diving into one’s shadow is hard work and takes immense courage, and as
such, a healthy and helpful facilitator of this journey is imperative. I believe counselling is never
neutral; it is wither helpful or harmful, and therefore I see it as an immense responsibility and
privilege to explore the unknown psyche of the soul with people.

Something we wouldn't know about you?
I had the immense privilege of travelling to many different countries to play music. This fueled
a passion for breaking down the traditional colonial mindset that Western culture is superior to
other cultures. I love the complexity that comes with existing on this deeply diverse and beautiful

Most shared book recommendation?
Untamed - Glennon Doyle
The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog - Bruce Perry
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Gabor Maté

Favourite quote(s)?

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -
Carl Jung

“There are days that must happen to you” Walt Whitman

“I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word she said;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me”
- Robert Hamilton

Davis Wiggs



After graduating from UBC Okanagan with a degree in Psychology, Davis decided to further pursue his education at the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and completed the Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, with an emphasis on Youth and Families. With this in mind, Davis’ diverse work background working within social services has given him the opportunity to extend his skills within the counselling environment. From workshop facilitating to working with kids with exceptionalities, his interpersonal and communication skills have proven to be an asset time and time again. With an integrative counselling approach, Davis will work on strategies that allow his clients to address the root cause of difficulties while building meaningful social connections. 


Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, 2020
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2019

Counselling Status
Intern Counsellor

Why are you a Counsellor?
Throughout my life, I have been a constant ear for friends and family that need it most. In
the past year, I have grown fondly with the passion to help others and be that ear when
people have nowhere to turn to. With my friendly and compassionate nature, I want clients
to feel comfortable within the counselling space while having the ability to share their story
without judgment.

Something we wouldn’t know about you?
While growing up on the Southern Gulf Islands for nearly 10 years, I used to take a water
taxi back and forth to school.

Favourite quote(s)?
“If you love your job, you won’t work a day in your life” – Anonymous

“It’s okay to be a glow stick: Sometimes we have to break before we shine” – Jadah Sellner

David Van Trump



David is compassionate and lives with an open posture for learning more about who he is. David has learned to value empathy, sympathy, and emotional connectedness and brings what he has learned into his profession. Whether a client is dealing with depression, anxiety, addictions, or living with another difficulty, David focuses on the strengths and commonalities created within all of us. His patient stance and listening ear make others feel at ease while navigating the challenging and complex aspects of life. Believing that only the client can turn the key to their breakthroughs he focuses on building an atmosphere in which the client feels supported, accepted, and understood. As a result of the process, clients are provided the opportunity to become empowered again to reclaim their lives and relationships.


David graduated with a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling and is registered in the province of British Columbia by the Canadian Professional Counselling Association as a Registered Professional Counsellor - Candidate. 

Counselling Status

Practicum Student


When David is not counselling he enjoys going to the gym, playing tennis, and soaking up the sunshine or the words in a good book … (even better when combined together). David also loves traveling, road trips, and is looking forward to the next adventure. 


Something we wouldn't know about you?

 A recent discovery of his love for fixing things has led him to discover the joys of ‘Do It Yourself’ projects. He recently replaced the turbocharger, and lower control arms on his car with the guidance of YouTube videos and the support of his mechanically gifted neighbor.

Mental health is important and therapy is for everyone. 
We are pleased to offer low-fee therapy options through our internship program and with our associates.
Call or message our office to learn more & take the first step towards reclaiming your life, and living well. 

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