Who We Are

At Clearheart Counselling, we’re passionate about innovating relationship solutions that work – supporting you to get your life, and love, back on track. Whether it’s communication skills and tools, or identifying and resolving deeper issues blocking your wellbeing, our team of committed professionals can help.

Our team has been selected for each individual’s depth of professional experience, and specialized training in areas of relationship focused, anxiety or mood related issues, and trauma therapies.

Issues that surface in our intimate relationships often have complexity, requiring a multi-skilled approach to locate root causes rather than merely fix short-term symptoms.

Elaine McCaw, MA

Clinical Director

Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified Family Mediator

Elaine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, as well as a certified Family Mediator. With many years of experience in public service, private, and clinical settings, Elaine focuses her practice at ClearHeart on solution-focused strategies to support individuals as well as couples. Elaine continues to facilitate small group workshops, and family sessions for group family dynamics.

 

Therapeutic Approach

Listening to each individual as they present their unique combination of personality, family and life experience, allows me to determine the best approach for unraveling an issue. I am trained in several psychotherapeutic models (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical, Emotionally Focused, EMDR, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Somatic); all of which inform my approach in session, depending upon the issues. Releasing longstanding subconscious blocks to personal and relationship happiness, via deeper models of EMDR therapy, is my primary clinical focus.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional and Sexual Intimacy
  • Parenting, Co-parenting
  • Family Conflict Resolution – Mediation
  • Trauma Release (Emotional, Sexual, Physical, Medical)
We Are Clearheart Counselling

Jennifer McIntosh, MA
Registered Clinical Counsellor

elaine@clearheart.ca
Call or Text: 778 316 8080

Jennifer is currently on leave from Clearheart Counselling but hopes you will contact Elaine if you have concerns.
Jennifer integrates Mindfulness-based (MBSR) interventions with Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) in her therapeutic approach to support you, to identify and disentangle patterns that block your personal happiness and relationship success.
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Bianca Demetrius, MA
 Registered Clinical Counsellor

bianca@clearheart.ca
 Text: 604 329 2016

“Bianca has worked as a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, and has over 10 years of educational and practical experience. Bianca utilizes various treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, and Narrative Therapy. Working collaboratively with her clients, Bianca supports individuals and couples through their personal journey towards self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love.”
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Stephen Brown, MSW
Registered Social Worker

stephen@clearheart.ca
Call or Text: 778 233 5475

Stephen Brown is a Family therapist, with decades of experience in the field of mental health and psychotherapy. Concurrent with Stephen’s private practice at ClearHeart, his role within the medical community of mental health entails individual, group, and psycho-educational facilitations.
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Kate Darroch-Cottick,

RPC, Dip CC, BA (psych), Cert LPC

Clinical Counsellor

kate@clearheart.ca
Call or Text: 778 998 7236

Kate works with couples and individuals that are experiencing anxiety ,  panic or trauma over the situations that they encounter in their life. She focuses her practice at ClearHeart Counselling on offsite clients using FaceTime, Skype, and telephone based counselling.
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Lauren Howard, MA, MC, CCC
 Certified Clinical Counsellor

lauren@clearheart.ca
 Text: 778 867 0297

No matter how far down the well you find yourself, there are always hands waiting to help you climb up. Just reach!

Lauren completed her Masters at Pacifica Institute in California and her Master of Counselling at the University of Lethbridge. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA), an approved CVAP provider and ICBC-friendly.

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Working with my counsellor allowed me to use self-compassion to get to the crux of the matter: we have inside of us the capacity to heal ourselves, and the process allowed me to do precisely that.

RK, Vancouver

Elaine has several approaches to processing emotional blocks and traumas that allow her to respond to fluctuating needs. Her deep intuition and lovely sense of calm imbue our sessions with flow; even when the work is tough I leave feeling lightened. I respect her intellectual, theoretical grounding – and also her easy sense of humour!

EG, Vancouver

Elaine was recommended to me by a colleague, I would confidently recommend her as a counsellor.

CR, West Van

Before I started counselling, I was stuck in many areas of my life. It helped more than I expected. I continue to see Elaine because it makes such a difference to have that support. I’ve been in therapy before, but Elaine is the best fit for me.

DC, Vancouver

Counselling with Elaine made a big difference in my life. We know what to do when problems come up now in our communication, and we are learning how to stay connected and on track.

GS, Burnaby

Elaine’s counselling style is informed, sensitive, and gets to the core of the real issues. It changed the way I look at myself and my partner. I learned a lot and no longer feel out of control. Before seeing Elaine, I felt overwhelmed and without direction, now I feel empowered and more real in my relationship than I did.

PR, Vancouver

Counselling was our last chance to save our relationship. I had no idea that it could help me see that I was able to change, but that it was up to me. Elaine is very insightful and caring, I would highly recommend her.

MP, Vancouver

Seeing Elaine was the best decision I made. My marriage was really in trouble, and now I feel like there is a whole new direction that I can focus on. I feel more hopeful and aware than I did before.

JB, North Vancouver