Turning Point Counselling

Melanie Thiessen – Turning Point Director

Posted on January 01, 2013

Melanie has a passion for journeying with teens, couples and families in ways that encourage both awareness and personal growth in the midst of difficulties. After being involved in private practice and teaching counselling students at Providence for more than 10 years, Melanie joined Turning Point in May 09’ as full-time director and therapist.

Melanie’s training includes a MA in Counselling Psychology and a D.Min. in Marriage and Family Counselling. Melanie is also a certified instructor for Interpersonal Communications Programs Inc. which includes both individual and couple communication training.  Melanie is also a member of the PACCC and AAMFT counselling associations.

Particular areas of focus: Teens issues, marriage reconciliation and communication, anger management, trauma and loss, EMDR, stress, anxiety and depression, abuse recovery, parenting.

Dylan Barlow – Turning Point Counsellor

Posted on January 01, 2013

Dylan Barlow is excited about helping people move toward wholeness, and his holistic approach to counselling considers the psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of the people he works with. He has experience working with youth, individuals, couples, and families struggling with a wide variety of difficulties including marital issues, grief and loss, anxiety, abuse, depression, anger management, etc. Dylan considers it a great privilege to be allowed to accompany people through some of these more difficult times in people’s lives.

Katy Hollander – Turning Point Counsellor

Posted on January 01, 2013

Katy has a passion for working with children, youth and women. Her desire is to create a safe space in which clients can feel comfortable to be themselves, to share, and to be heard. She considers it a privilege to journey with people on the road towards healing and acknowledges the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological aspects of a person as essential towards growth and wholeness.

Katy is a counselling intern, currently enrolled in the M.A. Counselling Psychology program at Providence College and Seminary.

Eunice Wiebe – Turning Point Counsellor

Posted on January 01, 2013

Eunice’s compassion is evident as she journeys with individuals and couples and helps them move toward healing and wholeness. The emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical dimensions are important aspects to address in working together with people for change.

Eunice’s training includes Masters of Arts in Counselling, Bachelor of Religious Education, and Bachelor of Nursing. Her experience includes working with anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, abuse & trauma recovery, anger, parenting, marital & teen issues.

Lynette Sacco – Turning Point Counsellor

Posted on January 01, 2013

Lynette Sacco is a proud mother of two children and has been married for more than ten years. Lynette is honored to walk alongside her clients as they embark on the difficult task of overcoming obstacles in life. By extending encouragement and acceptance, she helps clients to facilitate emotional expression and self awareness, which allows clients to communicate better with others, and cope better with stress and trauma.
Lynette has an M.A. in Counselling and a B.A. in Social Sciences. She has worked with individuals and couples across the lifespan. Lynette’s experience includes, but is not limited to, grief and loss, anxiety, stress, depression, and abuse.

Ashley Klassen – Turning Point Counselor

Posted on January 01, 2013

What is Counseling?

I consider my role as a counselor as the special opportunity to walk alongside others in their own journey towards healing. I strive to create a safe and warm atmosphere that provides space for others to be themselves and feel accepted for who they are as a unique individual.

My Method

I value the unique needs of each individual and seek to provide the counseling method that will be most helpful to those I am working with. I prefer to draw elements from Family Systems, Narrative, Collaborative, and Psychodynamic schools of therapy. In addition, I especially enjoy using creative methods when working with children.

My Credentials

I have recently completed my Masters of Arts of Marriage and Family Counseling at Briercrest Seminary.

Charyssa Erskine – Counselling Support Worker

Posted on January 01, 2013

Charyssa hails from beautiful Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Following high school, she attended Briercrest College and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. She moved to sunny Winnipeg in December 2011. She loves to laugh and have fun and also has a passion for working with youth and sharing God’s love with all those around her. Charyssa is a huge blessing to YFC and to all those that meet her.

Justin Penner – Turning Point Counsellor

Posted on January 01, 2013

A good way to communicate what I’m about as a counsellor is using the image of a traveler: one on a long hike, a long drive, or a long flight. Life is like that; a long journey – at times wonderful, consoling, and desolating. In times of distress we tend to seek out safe and competent others to help us cope and find a way forward. I cherish the opportunity to be such a helper to individuals, couples or families.
My approach to counselling is integrative, attending to the various forces influencing one’s life (biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual). To promote a broader perspective, I draw elements from interpersonal, object-relations, cognitive-behavioural, attachment, psychoanalytic, structural and emotionally-focused schools of therapy.
My formal training includes an MA in Counselling and a BA in Psychology. Prior to Turning Point, I held a variety of positions in the field. Recently, I was a teaching assistant, helping graduate counselling students develop their skills while practicing part-time myself. Previous to that, I counseled in an inpatient addictions treatment centre, provided in-home counselling to youth and families, and was a mental health facilitator for adults suffering from severe mental illness.

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