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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

Melissa Jordache, MC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Areas Of Expertise

  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma Release
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional and Sexual Intimacy
  • Trauma Release therapy (Emotional, Sexual, Physical, Medical)

Introduction

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.

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 the therapeutic approach based on presenting concerns of each individual. Approaches used include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Attachment Theory. The release of trauma and blocking beliefs are at the heart of her practice with clients. Additionally, Melissa works from a whole-person approach by incorporating all aspects of each Individual’s context into the therapeutic relationship. 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. Melissa is passionate about working with individuals so that they may identify, feel, and express a wide range of emotional experiences.

Dan Monument, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Areas Of Expertise

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

Introduction

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 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.

Yanna Martinek M.Ed.

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Areas Of Expertise

- Anxiety
- Depression
- Self-worth/self-esteem
- Parenting, Co-parenting
- Relationship Issues
- Trauma
- Life Transitions
- Burnout
Yanna also works with Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Introduction

Yanna is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 5 years of experience in diverse clinical and educational settings. Her personal and professional experience enable her to intuitively uncover unconscious patterns that hold clients back in their lives. She believes that shame and unresolved trauma cause the majority of obstacles to a healthy relationship with self and others. Collaboratively, she uses a solution focused approach to create lasting changes. Yanna is most joyful climbing and mountain biking in the wilderness of the West Coast.

Therapeutic Approach

Yanna’s therapeutic work is person centered, and as such is tailored specifically to every client’s unique background and life challenges. Yanna is specialized in numerous therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Attachment Theory. In addition, she utilizes a model based on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) to aid in identifying and expressing core emotions. Across all modalities, her work is rooted in increasing self-compassion and working through beliefs and habits that are no longer helpful. Yanna is currently being trained in EMDR, a specialized modality that is efficient in processing trauma memories

Pegah Behbehani

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Areas Of Expertise

- Depression
- Anxiety
- Low Mood
- Stress Management
- Emotional Regulations
- Anger Management
- Trauma
- PTSD
- Social Anxiety
- Life transitions
- Phase of Life Adjustment
- Addiction
- Codependency
- Grief & Loss
- Relational Issues
- Womens Issues
- Self-esteem issues
- Isolation & Loneliness
- Social Skills
- Life Coaching
Pegah provides individual, couple, and family counselling.

Languages:
English, Farsi

Introduction

Pegah Behbehani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#18073) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Her passion is to help people overcome personal crises towards deep healing and personal success. Her new journey began when she immigrated to Canada, and decided to radically shift from her career in business and industrial management to a one that was more Cmeaningful and served others. As an immigrant, she had to overcome many challenges. Through this process, she learned to connect with her inner strengths and developed insights into the untapped potential that we all have to gain strength from our setbacks and to thrive from them. Pegah has a long history of working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. In addition to a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Adler University she also has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. Pegah has two decades of international experience in business and management settings as a software programmer, systems analyst, management consultant, and human resource specialist in different manufacturing organizations as well as her role as a Teacher Assistant and academic researcher at universities in Iran. Her passion for research inspired her to publish a book about Iranian Entrepreneur Organization: IT Domains in Tehran.

Therapeutic Approach

Pegah draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Act Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Bowen family systems therapy, Narrative therapy. Pegah collaborative style of counselling is informed by trauma-informed therapy, strength-based therapy and multicultural and diversity approach. Pegah is also working toward additional specializations in EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) and EMDR therapy.

Jennifer McIntosh, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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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)

Introduction

Jennifer is currently on leave until mid-2021.

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.

Elaine McCaw, MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor Certified Family Mediator

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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)

Introduction

Elaine is currently on leave until mid-2021.

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.

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