Your Mental Health Matters: Make a Change in 2023
Kindred in the Community
Kindred Counselling has established itself as a trusted business in the Burnaby Heights community offering professional services since 2016.
We enjoy participating in community events and are committed to supporting people in our area.
We started with one therapist and now we are five-and growing! We are dedicated professionals who want to support you through your therapeutic journey. Contact us to get things started.
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Tara Marshall, RCC
Synergetic Play Therapist
Approved EMDR Consultant
Tara is NOT taking new clients for 2023 and is focusing on expanding the practice and using her EMDR Consultant status to support the Kindred Associates in the advancement of their skills in EMDR.
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 and now as a mentor for other therapists.
I truly believe in the life-changing outcomes of EMDR therapy because of my own EMDR therapy experience and witnessing my clients recover from trauma and transform into the person they are meant to be.
Trauma can change you at your core and steer you off the path away from the person you are meant to be. EMDR therapy can guide you back to the path again and toward your true self. I've seen people transform time and time again in all ages, all walks of life, all different mental health issues and so on. Furthermore, by the time clients leave EMDR therapy they are left with the skills needed to manage any challenges in the future.
I believe that taking the step to begin therapy in general is a great act of self-care and that success in counselling can strengthen your relationship with yourself and others and give you the resources to manage ongoing life challenges and to meet your life goals!
It's NEVER too late in life to start therapy, things are NEVER too far gone to start therapy and make a change. EMDR therapists are trained to work with trauma and can handle the good, bad and ugly that comes up in therapy.
In particular, Kindred Counselling therapists have unconditional positive regard for our clients, we respect their uniqueness and the grit it takes to start therapy, we are non-judgemental and care A LOT about supporting them through the process of healing in therapy.
Sarah DiFederico MSW, RSW
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.
New Clients Waitlist: Sarah has started a waitlist for Winter 2023. Contact her administrator using the phone number above to be put on the waitlist. Specify you would like to see Sarah.
Child, Youth & 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 has started to do multi-cultural couples therapy. 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!
Jenny Simpson, RCC
My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a settler from unceded Algonquin and Anishanabe territory in Ontario and am now living on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqueam in Vancouver.
I have been counselling in private practice since 2019. Prior to this work, I was a teacher and addictions support worker.
At Kindred, I will primarily be practicing EMDR. Some of the topics I am familiar working with is: attachment work, trauma, PTSD/ CPTSD, addiction and substance use, family & relationship conflict, LGBTQ2S+ experiences
When I am not counselling, I love to be out in nature with others and my dog Molly. I like to hike, swim, bike, and paddle board but in the winter, I enjoy snowshoeing and connecting with others with food or playing games. I try not to take myself too seriously, and I use humour a lot in my life, and sometimes in my practice.
Accepting new clients/Currently no waitlist
Book a 15 min free consultation with Jenny now!
Harroop Sandhu, RCC
I identify with the pronouns she/her/hers. I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with over ten years’ experience providing counseling support to individuals from varying backgrounds. I celebrate the diversity of each client by focusing on their unique strengths and perspectives. In my work with clients I integrate several therapeutic approaches and am skilled in working with clients experiencing a variety of challenges including trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief/loss, family challenges, and stress management.
My approach is holistic and flexible and determined by the needs of each client. I aim to provide a safe, compassionate, and accepting atmosphere while empowering individuals to reach their goals while strengthening their resilience. Through a process of awareness, insight, skill building, and warm support, clients can learn to navigate and make sense of challenges. I work from a client centered approach utilizing an EMDR therapy perspective.
Outside of my work at Kindred Counselling I love hiking, spending time with family, and finding the best ice cream in town!
Accepting new clients/Currently no waitlist
Book a 15 min free consultation with Harroop now!
Kindred Counselling is located at:
Boundary View Plaza
The Enterprise Centre, Suite 201 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby, BC