FACULTY


"Our instructors, practicing psychologists, counsellors and therapists are able to use their own practical wisdom and insights gained throughout their careers to enrich the learning process for VCCT students and are dedicated to providing a meaningful educational experience."


Dr. Dale Brooks, R.Psych., FIPA is a registered psychologist, counselling psychologist, and licensed psychoanalyst. He has over thirty years experience providing individual, relationship, and family therapy. He has also taught for many years at both the undergraduate and graduate level at UBC and other educational institutions. He currently works in private practice and serves as Academic Director of VCCT.


Mahmud Nestman, M.Ed., R.C.C., C.H. has 30 years experience in the counselling field as a therapist, supervisor, and instructor. He has studied and trained extensively in the areas of Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, and Group Therapy.


Devorah Peterson, M.Ed., R.C.C. has over thirty years experience in the field of psychology and has been in private practice for more than twenty. Jungian Psychology, Client Centred, and Gestalt are the models that most inform her Integrative approach, and two main areas of focus for her are the body-mind connection and the creative process. She is also trained in Interfaith Spiritual Guidance.


Maecan Campbell, M.A., R.C.C. holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and a permanent B.C. Teaching Certificate. She trains and supervises counsellors; has been in private practice for over 20 years and has taught in a wide variety of situations including Adult Education Centres, North Island College and UBC before coming to VCCT. Maecan trained residentially at Carl Rogers’ Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California and completed an advanced 3-year program with the Gestalt Training Institute of Vancouver as well as a 3-year training in Integrative Body Psychotherapy. She has facilitated numerous groups and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and England. Her counselling focus is on experiential, integrative, awareness-centered approaches that support clients in accessing their own resources in order to live their lives expansively and authentically.


Käri-Ann Thor, M.Ed., R.C.C., M.P.C.P., R.C.S. had an earlier career of outdoor education to then work with families, youth, and children for over twenty years primarily within the CBT framework. She now mostly works with adults within her private practice of 11 years and facilitates a professional development "Authentic Living" workshop series she co-developed. Käri-Ann is a Certified Existential Analyst and this specialty training of over 7 years is a phenomenological, person oriented psychotherapy with a lens that informs her teaching and supervising style to be experiential, creative, deeply honouring of a person's experience, and at times philosophical. In particular, she treasures working with counsellors in training viewing it as such a privilege to be part of their exciting journey of learning, opening, and strengthening.


Mike Mathers, has an M.Sc. from Kings College London (UK) in the Philosophy of Mental Disorder as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School. He is currently working as a group therapist in a forensic setting and has a private practice in Vancouver called Wellness Evolved Counselling. Group therapy, addictions, existential psychotherapy and personal growth processes are some of his passions.

He has found a tremendous sense of fulfillment in these areas through a psychotherapeutic approach known as Existential Analysis, which motivated his Masters thesis research titled "The Lived Experience of Personal and Professional Development in Existential Analysis." Mike's teaching style is personal and experiential with the aim of inspiring students to fully show up in their work as well as in their lives. He has relished the opportunity to teach at VCCT because of the wonderful students and staff he has encountered and the passion possessed by all to better the lives of people around them.


Pieter van den Berg, is a psychotherapist with over 14 years experience in the counselling field. Pieter has a Masters degree in psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology program at California Southern University. He is a registrant with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia as well as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. In addition to teaching at Vancouver College of Counsellor Training, Pieter also holds a busy private practice. Pieter's main areas of practice are: men's issues, gay and lesbian counseling, and hypnotherapy. His integrative approach to health and wellness means that he utilizes a variety of body-mind approaches in his work both as a teacher and counsellor. This includes Integrative Body Psychotherapy, EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When not teaching or counselling, Pieter enjoys expressive dance-movement and spending time outdoors with his husband in Vancouver where he lives.

 

 

 

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