Wynnae Seldon, B.Ed., M.S.W. has a passion for supporting and helping individuals, couples and families who desire to experience relational, spiritual and emotional wholeness in their lives. Her enthusiasm and compassionate, non-judgmental approach to therapy have enabled her to assist many people towards personal healing and the renewal of hope. Walking sensitively with clients on a journey of self-discovery, while examining life’s challenges, is a vital part of counselling and integral to her approach. The Biblical message of reconciliation to self, others and God is a worthy and restorative process.
Wynnae’s Master’s thesis at UBC was “The Role of Spirituality in the Healing Process for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse”. Her areas of expertise include relationship dynamics, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, trauma, relational crises and life transitions. She has counselled for 20 years using Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioural and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. She is also certified in EMDR, a proven therapeutic technique which neutralizes painful memories or unpleasant emotions, thereby lessening the impact of traumatic events.
Wynnae considers it an honour and a privilege to hear deeply personal stories and believes that our lives are like rivers that may include unintended blocks or obstacles. These may result from experiences of abuse or neglect, or may consist of unhealthy patterns, beliefs and expectations that do not serve us well. Therapy, at its best, restores our lives to flow in the manner originally intended by the Creator.
Cheryl Berto, B.S.W. has worked at VCCC since 1990 and has been using her Family Systems Therapy training to bring relational healing to families, couples and individuals. She is a registered social worker and has worked in child protection, as a family counsellor in an inner city elementary school, with parent support groups, and as a board member and chair, provided guidance to a non-profit youth outreach centre. In addition to her work as a therapist at VCCC, she also works as an adoption social worker for a private agency writing home studies for people who want to start or grow their families through adoption. Cheryl also leads in her community as president of the Parent Advisory Council at her children’s school, and the Strata Council where she lives. She has attended many seminars and workshops over the years dealing with family therapy, and has been trained in Narrative Therapy, Play and Art Therapy, and continues to develop her skills in spiritual direction. Overall, her Family Systems training continues to guide her work along with the counsel of the Holy Spirit and a heart to listen to and learn from the people with whom she works.
Sherrien Sze, RCC was trained as a marriage and family therapist in Hong Kong, before heading to Vancouver furthering her studies at Regent College. With training in counselling and theology, she is a Christian counsellor specialized in relationship, marriage and family counselling with systemic approach. Being raised in a multi-ethical environment, she understands the dynamic and essence of different Asian cultures, as well as speaking fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.
Brad Steyn, RCC, MDiv has spent over twenty years working in church and para-church organisations. He has a long history in pastoral care, as well as extensive experience in teaching and training, mentoring and public speaking. Brad’s passion is to see people embrace their ‘true selves,’ to be empowered to become the person they were created to be. Brad’s approach to therapy is primarily focused around Existential Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy and Narrative Therapy. He firmly believes that “the truth will set you free.” Brad’s therapeutic areas of interest include: family history, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, cross-cultural dynamics, justice, empowerment, relationships and the integration of counselling and spirituality.
Elizabeth Vrabic, Receptionist/Admin.Assistant, as an initial contact person at VCCC, is honoured to utilize her extensive training and experience as GM in a large corporation. Elizabeth is aware of the challenge and courage that clients demonstrate in calling to initiate counselling and is conscientious to assist in an encouraging and helpful manner.