Meet Our Team
Our Affiliates address mental health by using an integrative holistic mind-body-soul approach to healing and wellness. They utilize evidence based interventions and alternative therapies.
Samantha Robinson MCP, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor, Clinic Co-owner
Samantha Robinson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) that brings over eight years of experience within the field of therapy and mental health. Samantha’s distinguished education and training include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minoring in Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Furthermore, Samantha holds specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy, and many other holistic healing modalities.
Samantha’s approach to healing is holistic - addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals in therapy. She integrates EMDR, Emotion-focused, Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy. Herein some of her techniques include: Therapeutic Yoga, Mindfulness, Deep Relaxation, Breath Work, Somatic and Body-Oriented Processing, to best promote healing and wellness. This all-encompassing approach, allows Samantha the flexibility to pull from a variety of therapeutic techniques allowing her to effectively support each individual client, meeting their own unique therapy needs.
Samantha has a background working with complex trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, sexual assault, abusive (including sexual, physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse). Additionally, Samantha has worked extensively with those struggling with anxiety disorders and symptoms, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, burnout, chronic stress, complicated grief, depression, self-harm & suicide ideation, anger, irritability, addictive behaviours, shame, body acceptance, and eating disorders.
To assist you in your decision to engage in counselling, Samantha offers a free telephone consultation to discuss your needs and expectations. This way, before your first session begins, you can experience Samantha’s warmth and approachability, allowing you the opportunity to ensure that you feel at ease in beginning a counselling relationship with Samantha.
Rena Saini BSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Co-owner
I am a doctor, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and a heart centered healer dedicated to uncovering who you really are, and how you can live in your most AUTHENTIC self! I have a strong focus with Anxiety & mood disorders. I have a full-body approach to healing with a strong focus on balancing the microbiome, detox pathways, hormones, and release stuck emotions from the body.
Since graduating in 2008 I have dedicated myself to finding the missing piece to what blocks prevent healing the whole system (body, mind, heart). I can say with confidence my new approach has allowed for deeper, long lasting healing, and combines evidence based medicine with emotional healing.
Areas of Focus:
Nervous system dis-regulation ( anxiety, mood, gut, brain)
Emotional and mental support (depression, anxiety, mood, stress, burnout, apathy, anger, personal growth, habits)
Physical ailments (autoimmune, gut health, mood, low energy, cortisol imbalance, nutrition, healthy habits, pain, brain fog, hormonal imbalance)
Neurotransmitter testing (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine)
Hormonal testing (cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen progesterone and all metabolites, organic acids)
Anxiety and mood dis-regulation
Prescription medication and blood testing
Jessica Arends MA, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
I want to support you towards your personal goals and the outcomes you would like to see. Our first session will be focused on identifying what you hope to get out of counselling.
From there, I draw on my various training and experience to support you. My approach is integrative and person-centered, utilizing skills and techniques from attachment theory, CBT, DBT, EMDR, and mindfulness.
I have an M.A. in Counselling, along with additional training in areas such as DBT and EMDR. Most of my work experience has been with survivors of trauma and abuse, and I have extensive training in trauma therapy. I am also experienced in working with anxiety, depression, suicidality, and relationship challenges.
Robyn Gardiner, MSW RSW
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Robyn Gardiner is a Registered Social Worker from the Okanagan Valley and brings six years of experience in the mental health field to her counselling practice.
Robyn’s approach to counselling is warm, collaborative, and person-centered. Her practice is founded upon creating an inviting atmosphere where clients feel safe to share their experiences.
Robyn specializes in issues related to trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Robyn welcomes the opportunity to support you in your journey towards healing.
Marie Martin, B. Msc., RPC-C
Registered Professional Counsellor
I am a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) through Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and I am licensed through Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CCPA) . I also have a Degree in Metaphysical Science and a Diploma in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing which is particularly effective with trauma and PTSD and has stunning results in controlled study groups. I have other certifications, listed below, that I also pull tools and resources from.
I am fascinated by our patterns of behavior that we create usually between the ages of 0-7 out of protection and I am committed to learning new ways of breaking those patterns to create new patterns of expansion and growth. I published a book in 2019, Metatron’s Code, about a modality I created myself to start breaking down those patterns of behaviour and to free ourselves from old programming. I use the analogy that between the ages of 0-7 we are like iPhone 4’s and have iPhone 4 software that is perfectly appropriate for iPhone 4’s. However now we are iPhone 13’s and the IPhone 4 “software” doesn’t work for us anymore, we can’t run our “apps” or run the “newest versions”… so we have to run an update/upgrade to latest “software”. It sounds complicated but its not, it can be surprisingly easy!
The following list below are my areas of specialization:
Trauma and PTSD
Assertiveness / Boundaries
Depression, anxiety & panic disorders
Past or recent trauma or abuse
Relationship and couples counselling
Grief and loss counselling
Understanding emotions and creating emotional mastery and taking self-responsibility
I have experience with addiction working in local addiction recovery centers. I also have experience working with first nations communities.
Zara Neukom, BSc, MACP, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Zara (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Additionally, she holds a diploma in Human Kinetics and a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health. Her background informs how she approaches the therapeutic space and she believes that healing means accessing and deepening the connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Zara’s approach and training is grounded in therapeutic frameworks such as narrative therapy, internal family systems, emotion-focused therapy, emotion-focused family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, epigenetics,
and research on intergenerational trauma, as well as somatic and mindfulness-based modalities. Zara’s process is fundamentally trauma-informed, experiential, anti-oppressive, and sometimes transpersonal when client directed.
Zara is a student of humanness: the messy, mundane, ineffable and extraordinary. She became a therapist to walk beside her clients as they connect to their inner wisdom, integrate life experiences and find purpose and meaning. She is looking forward to being with you on your journey of self-discovery.
Areas of focus:
o Body image issues, relationship with food, and eating disorders
o Life transitions
o Depression and anxiety
o Women with ADHD
o Relationship issues