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About Us

The name Kindred Counselling was born out of the saying kindred spirits, which are two people that make a special connection who feel bonded at a deep level.

 

The idea of having a kindred connection reflects the value we place on developing meaningful relationships with our clients throughout the therapeutic process. 

The Ammonite graphic symbolizes change and evolution which is a metaphor for entering into the therapeutic process.

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"Above any counselling technique, the client-counsellor relationship and the client's personal resources and supports outside the room, is of the upmost therapeutic importance."
- Tara Marshall, Founder of Kindred Counselling

Connecting with the community at Hats Off Day in Burnaby Heights.

Tara Marshall, RCC
Synergetic Play Therapist
Approved EMDR Consultant

I identify with the pronouns she/her/hers. I have been in the social services field for 25 years working with children, youth and families in the Vancouver community. I hold a BA in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria (2010). I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University (2015) and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor.

 

Post graduation I have trained to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and an Approved EMDR Consultant. The combination of my degrees, post-graduate certifications and my 25 years experience, has afforded me a unique specialization of skills to intervene effectively with children, youth and adults.

 

I am passionate about my work and have an unwavering dedication to my clients. As a client-centred practitioner, my goal in every session is to create a safe, supportive, accepting environment which allows my clients to be themselves.  In this authentic and safe space real change can occur.

 

I would like to self-disclose that I have been through the counselling process myself as I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression and PTSD as a young adult. Counselling has helped me overcome many personal challenges and I have learned to accept myself, cope better and manage the symptoms of my disorders in a healthy way. I feel that my experience in both sides of the counselling process gives me a greater understanding of the range of emotional experiences that are possible when starting counselling and the understanding of the courage and grit it takes to continue through the process until you meet your goals.

 

I truly believe in the life-changing benefits of counselling and I take my role very seriously.  I respect my client's unique backgrounds and stories. As the saying goes, I am comfortable with the good the bad and the ugly and it is all welcome in my office. 

 

I am present with my clients and am able to contain and manage intense emotional states that often emerge during counselling sessions. You can count on me to be open, upfront, flexible, reliable, curious, creative, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, sometimes funny :), collaborative and consistent throughout our sessions. I care very much about building caring relationships with my clients, as it is within the safety of the client-counsellor relationship that will allow clients to risk being vulnerable and open to the possibility of change, as they progress through the counselling process.

 

I believe that taking the step to begin counselling is a great act of self-care and that success in counselling can strengthen a client's relationship with themselves and others and give them the resources to overcome ongoing life challenges.

 

Lastly, I pride myself on being an ethical and professional practitioner and I am a member in good standing in the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, EMDRIA and the BC Play Therapy Association. 

 

Tara is a published author in the journal Relational Child & Youth Care Practice 2016

Contact Tara:

E: tara@kindred-counselling.com

T: 604-637-2074

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Sarah DiFederico MSW, RSW
EMDR Therapist

I’m Sarah, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a practicing psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. I graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2011. I later completed a Master of Social Work degree at Western University in 2018. My goal in the therapy room is to create a safe space that allows you to get to the root cause of your distress in order to move forward in life. I am often described as direct, but am committed to provide a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental therapeutic environment.

 

Between my undergraduate and graduate degree, I spent time living and working overseas as a kindergarten teacher in Seoul, South Korea and in Hong Kong. Prior to moving back to Canada, I studied to become a certified meditation instructor in Rishikesh, India. 

 

I am a firm believer and practitioner of client-centered and trauma informed care. Together, we can work towards bringing the parts of you that are seeking change in order to heal. I am comfortable sitting with clients who are working through difficult emotions, feelings and memories. I have experience in clinical neurosciences and have worked primarily in direct clinical psychiatric care. I specialise in supporting clients who feel held back by their past experiences or traumas. I have helped many clients over the years suffering from anxiety, panic, PTSD, depression, personality disorders, psychosis and phobias. I work collaboratively with clients from an EMDR therapy perspective along with an adjunct of mindfulness.

 

In my spare time, you can find me travelling, in the mountains, spending time with my partner or catching up on the latest Netflix documentaries.

 

Contact Sarah: 

E: emdrsarah@gmail.com

T: 604-637-2074

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Vishavjit Sandhu,RCC
Child, Youth and Family Counsellor

 

Vishavjit K Sandhu (She,Her,Hers)

Vishavjit is a multilingual clinical counselor registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has vast experience working with people with different backgrounds and age groups. Vishavjit completed her bachelor's in Psychology with honors and dual master's in psychotherapy and professional counseling and subsequently received Masters in healthcare management  from Riverside University, USA. Vishavjit has experience providing ambulatory and inpatient care to patients with psychiatric disorders and has worked extensively in de-addiction and rehabilitation centers providing care to patients with substance-use disorders. 

 

Vishavjit aims to provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment. Currently, she is working as a child, youth and family therapist to help and support those individuals and families with a history of abuse, trauma, stress, phobias, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, anger, or insomnia.

 

Besides work, she maintains hobbies like meditation, hiking, biking, photography, bird watching, exploring new destinations, astrology, palmistry, and numerology. She believes that while human beings could play as a catalyst to the healing process, time and nature are the biggest healers.

 

Note: Vishavjit will be starting to do multi-cultural couples therapy as well in the near future. Vishavjit speaks Punjabi and other languages. Please contact if you are interested to find out more.

Accepting new clients/Currently no waitlist

Book a 15 min free consultation with Vishavjit now!

E: vishavjit0717@gmail.com

T: 604-637-2074

 

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Kindred Counselling is located at:

Boundary View Plaza

The Enterprise Centre, Suite 201 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby, BC

T: 604-637-2074

E: tara@kindred-counselling.com 

Kindred Counselling acknowledges and thanks the Coast Salish Nations of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish on whose traditional territories we work, learn and live.