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.

Our Team

Elaine McCaw, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor Certified Family Mediator

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Elaine McCaw, MA

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)

Jennifer McIntosh, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Jennifer McIntosh, MA

Jennifer McIntosh is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. With over a decade of experience in diverse professional settings, Jennifer brings a compassion rooted and strong solution-focused approach to her clients. At ClearHeart, her practice includes both Individual counselling and Couples therapy. Keenly identifying and disentangling unhelpful patterns that block your personal growth, happiness, and relationship success – are at the very core of her therapeutic process. Jennifer also works with CVAP, ICBC cases, and provides Expert Witness reports as requested.

Therapeutic Approach

Jennifer integrates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) in her therapeutic approach to support you and to identify and disentangle patterns that block your personal happiness and relationship success. Jennifer considers the release of long-held or recent trauma and unwanted repetitive patterns of behavior, via Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) to be integral to lasting positive change. Jennifer’s approach to Relationship therapy integrates the Clearheart model of Emotionally Focused communication tools and the Developmental Model by Bader-Pearson. Analysis and trauma release is interwoven for meaningful growth and valued change. Whether learning new communication tools to improve conflict or identifying deeper issues for exploration, Jennifer’s approach is deeply committed to collaborative and compassionate growth.

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)

Stephen Brown, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

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Stephen Brown, MSW, RSW

Stephen brings decades of experience, in the field of mental health and psychotherapy, to his therapeutic and counselling practice. Prior to Stephen’s private practice at ClearHeart, his role within the medical community of mental health treatment at Vancouver Coastal Health entailed the provision of individual, group, and psycho-educational facilitations. Stephen places a high value on the therapeutic relationship as an open, nonjudgmental, supportive space in which practical solutions are sought and found. Drawing from a multitude of therapeutic traditions, he offers both Couples therapy and Individual counselling at ClearHeart.

Therapeutic Approach

Emotionally focused communication with Conscious Relationship building, based on the Hendricks Institute model, is Stephen’s main approach in his work with couples. Developing the communication tools to understand and resolve relationship blocks allows us to reconnect with what matters most in life. Learning to move beyond relationship gridlock allows you to get your life and love back on track. Through a process called Effective Inquiry, Stephen’s approach draws from a multitude of therapeutic traditions. Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Somatic approaches that incorporate Mindfulness with breath work to regulate mood and emotion, EMDR, and Clinical Hypnosis name but a few of the therapeutic approaches that inform his practice. Years of training and practice provide the foundation for Stephen’s intuitive grasp of the habits that no longer serve a useful purpose and how to make effective changes.

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)

Melissa Jordache, MC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Melissa Jordache, MC

Melissa Jordache is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC. With experience in diverse professional settings, Melissa is passionate about assisting individuals in working toward the development of healthy relationships in every realm of their life—love, friendships, family, professional, and most importantly, with themselves. Addressing deep rooted self-narratives that hold individuals back is at the core of her practice. I believe that relationships are one of the most, if not, the most important resource that we have available in our lifetime. If our relationships suffer— we suffer.

Therapeutic Approach

Melissa works collaboratively with clients to uncover deep issues that may be preventing them from living the life they desire. She integrates a myriad of approaches into her work with clients, and adapts based on presenting concerns of the individual. Approaches used include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Attachment Theory. Additionally, she works from a whole-person approach by incorporating all aspects of the individuals context into the therapeutic relationship. When appropriate I provide psycho-educational information on mental health and its effect on relationships with self and others. Melissa is genuinely committed to assisting her clients in developing a compassionate view toward the self, and to assist them in challenging any negative self-narratives they have developed. Further, she believes in building a strong relationship between the mind and the body. She is passionate about working with individuals so that they can identify, feel, and express a wide range of emotional experiences.

Areas Of Expertise

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

Bianca Demetrius, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Bianca Demetrius, MA

Bianca is on a temporary, personal leave and will return in 2020. Please Call 778-316-8080 with any questions. Bianca Demetrius is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) specializing in Children and Family Therapy. At Clearheart, Bianca draws upon a decade of experience as a Psychotherapist in diverse educational, clinical, institutional settings toward understanding the myriad of issues that influence adult relationships. Traumas, great and small, impact the wholeness of an individual’s mental health – addressing root issues is at the core of her practice with clients at Clearheart. Bianca’s personal and professional experience provides a strong context to address individual and relationship issues with depth and insight.

Therapeutic Approach

Integrating modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Narrative, Expressive, and Emotionally Focused therapies, into the therapeutic process are at the core of Bianca’s training and skill-set. Deeply committed to supporting her clients in identifying and resolving blocks toward self-acceptance, self-love, and relationship issues, Bianca brings an astute and compassionate approach. Learning new tools and skills to improve communication to resolve conflict, or diving deeper into personal issues, Bianca works with couples and individuals to grow beyond current challenges.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional and Sexual Intimacy
  • Family Conflict Resolution – Mediation
  • Trauma Release (Emotional, Sexual, Physical, Medical)

Dan Monument, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Dan Monument, MA

Dan Monument is a Register Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Dan brings over 10 years of experience working with families, parents, and youth from diverse backgrounds who experience challenges related to trauma, addiction, and mental health. In his work with individuals and couples, Dan utilizes solution-focused strategies and trauma-informed principles to help clients develop effective means of self-regulation and build healthy relationships.

Therapeutic Approach

Dan approaches each and every individual and couple as a unique entity deserving of a unique therapeutic approach. Developing a foundation of trust through listening and understanding each client’s personality and accounts of their relationship experiences, personal and family histories, is vital to creating an strong therapeutic partnership and plan for effective treatment. Dan draws upon training from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness practices, and Bader-Pearson Couples Counselling.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Anxiety and Phobia
  • Couples  counselling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Parenting, Co-parenting
  • Depression
  •  Trauma
  • Adjustment Disorders

Client Testimonials

  • 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

    Seeing Stephen 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

  • 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. Bianca is very insightful and caring, I would highly recommend her.

    MP, 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

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