You matter. Your mental health matters.
At counselling services, we are ready to listen and help guide you in your goals towards better well-being. We offer safe, secure virtual counselling and in-person counselling-with COVID precautions. We have various counsellors available throughout the week to suit your schedule. Book a session today.
Your safety is our top concern
Columbia does note tolerate sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind.
At Columbia, we strive to be a Christ-centered community. We are 100% committed to providing an educational experience in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We consider harassment and sexual misconduct in all their forms to be serious offenses and we do not tolerate any behaviour that undermines the self-worth, learning, or productivity of a member of our community.
If you feel you have experienced sexual misconduct or harassment as a student, you can submit a form through our secure online reporting partner, REES.
Meet the Counselling Team
Counselling Services Supervisor
MA, RCC Supervisor
Hi, my name is Elaine Binnema and I am the counselling supervisor at Columbia. Up until now I have been in private practice out of my home and then virtually here in the lower mainland. I hope that I can be a safe listening ear for you as you come into counselling. I personally found starting secondary education a challenging time in my own life so I feel blessed that perhaps I can help in your journey. Since moving to Chilliwack, I have enjoyed outdoor activities like stand-up paddleboarding, hikes, and biking. My husband and I have also just adopted a puppy named Humphrey. He is quite the handful, and we love him! I have a strong faith in Christ and appreciate that we are all on a personal spiritual journey. I am looking forward to hearing about yours.
MCS Student Intern
Hi, my name is Julie. I feel blessed, humbled, and excited to be an intern counsellor at CBC. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling and Psychology degree at Trinity Western University. I have experience in working with adolescents and adults dealing with childhood trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe in meeting each individual where they are at in life. With a compassionate, safe, non-judgmental, and sincere approach, I help individuals start new chapters in their lives. I believe that out of hurt and despair, beautiful healing can arise. I have a good understanding, along with experience working with diverse cultures. I speak both English and Spanish. I look forward to connecting with you and consider it a privilege to journey with you.
MCS Student Intern
Hello! I am happy to be back at Columbia Bible College after getting my BA in counselling in 2019. Now, I’m a counsellor in training through ACTS Seminaries, part of Trinity Western. I have spent many years being a student and would be happy to walk alongside you as you navigate your own journey. I love to help people grow and become better versions of themselves. I personally love hiking, animals of all kinds, skateboarding, and trying new things!
MCS Student Intern
My name is Aaron Roorda and I am currently working on a Master of Arts in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary and I am excited to offer counselling supports for students at Columbia Bible College this year. I am a graduate of Columbia (from many years ago) and have spent many years since then working with college students, as well as others, in pastoral work. I remember and appreciate the unique opportunities and challenges that emerge in this season of life. I would be privileged to journey alongside you in a counselling context with a listening ear and an empathic and non-judgmental heart. A bible verse that is meaningful to me is Matthew 11:28 where Jesus says “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” This is a wonderful invitation for us all and a guiding verse for my work as a counsellor. I look forward to meeting you.
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If you find yourself dealing with someone aged 0-18 who is experiencing abuse or neglect:
- To report abuse or neglect of a child aged 0-18 in British Columbia, call 1-800-663-9122 twenty-four hours a day to report. A duty worker will talk with you about your concerns, even anonymously at first, and about the reporting process.
- If you are a child in an abusive situation you can call the children’s HELPLINE at 604-310-1234! This line is available for anyone aged 0-18 to call in for help!
Counselling Services FAQ
What is counselling?
A counsellor listens to your specific situation and your needs. A counsellor guides you through a process towards understanding yourself better and exploring the things that hold you back from experiencing a healthy and fully engaged life. You are a crucial part of this process as you are the expert on you! Counselling is a place where you get to safely examine things that seem to be preventing you from living the way you would like to. Counselling looks very different for different people and counsellors can skillfully assess and guide this process for you.
What kinds of things do you deal with in counselling?
Counselling can handle any issue really, and it does not matter how overwhelming the issue may feel at first, or how small or trivial you think it sounds. If you feel held back from the life you want to live in any way, then it is valuable to come to counselling. You may not even know how to define why you feel the way you do, but you know you need help, and that is OK. Or, you may have an identified tendency in behaviours, or a relationship that causes distress, or perhaps a way of coping with life’s stressors that you would really like to change. There is no prerequisite list of issues and our team will be alert for any helpful additional supports and discuss those with you when appropriate to best serve you.
Will counselling resolve my issues?
Sometimes, issues are identified and much progress can happen in just a few sessions. The support of a counsellor can help prioritize and make changes in an area that can impact day to day satisfaction in our lives. For others, counselling may begin or continue a journey of healing that is part of a longer process.
How much does counselling cost?
Students receive counseling for a nominal fee of $15 per session. Please keep in mind that students who miss appointments, without notifying their counsellor at least 24 hours in advance, will be charged $30 for the missed session.
Is my information kept private?
Columbia respects the right to privacy, and keeps counselling appointments confidential. During the intake appointment, the Counselling Services Supervisor will discuss guidelines and limits of confidentiality.
How do I arrange my first appointment?
To book a counselling session,complete the online intake form as your first step. We’ll contact you as soon as possible (within a few days) to schedule your intake interview.
When is the Centre open?
Counselling is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment. Thursday the center is closed. If you want to get on the intake list, please see our booking form online. If you have any questions before booking, please email and the counselling supervisor will answer any of your questions.
Do you offer drop-in counselling?
We do not offer this currently.
How often can I come for counselling?
This varies based on your presenting concerns and our assessment. We try very hard to see all students who wish to see us, even if just once or twice to help work through an issue. Some students may be seen weekly or biweekly for a time, where appropriate.
What if I just want a couple of sessions?
Sometimes you just need someone to help you sort through a decision that seems hard, or you don’t forsee weeks of counselling happening so you are resistant to contact us. No problem is too small if it is bothering you. Or perhaps you just want a referral to a community support –we can do that here too. We help you figure out what support you want and where to get it. Depending on what you want, sometimes the answer is counselling, and other times it is a local community group or church.
What if I want to find a local community group, program, or church resource?
Yes, we can do that too. Just email us and let us know you just want a one-time resource and referral meeting. Or sometimes we can even answer your questions with a phone call. So give us your number if you would like a callback.
Who will my counsellor be?
We have a great team of counsellors! You can take a look at our names and photos below. After your initial interview, you’ll be assigned the counsellor we feel will be the best fit, based on many factors.
Columbia is a practicum site for counsellors-in-training.
We provide a fully operational counselling centre where students from various counselling programs can come to get valuable direct client hours for their practicum and internship requirements.
As an intern-counsellor you can provide one-to-one counselling, as each year we have a guaranteed intake of campus students seeking counselling.
Columbia provides daily Counselling Centre Operation and Clinical Supervision as we have an on-site qualified Christian counsellor who is an MA, RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor)
Ideal for those looking to complete hours towards their MA, qualified Certificate or Diploma programs and/or towards professional accreditation hours with various professional bodies, BCACC and others.