Erin Todsen

M.A. CCC
Counselling

Erin is available for individual child, youth and family counselling. Erin practices from a Family Systems perspective, where each member of the family influences and is influenced by each other. Erin’s background includes a diploma in Early Childhood education, before she completed her Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Care where she focused on attachment in relationships.

A client-centred approach informs her practice and she has twenty years experience in the field of supporting families.

Erin specializes in parent support and play-based therapies and is most interested in the unique needs of her clients.

Erin is also Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified to help clients of all ages process trauma and heal from attachment and relational fractures.

Erin’s own family dynamics have shaped her practice, as personally being a mother to her own children as well as experiencing being part of intact, blended and single parenting homes. You can anticipate Erin being honest and direct with you, while maintaining a positive connection. She can relate to the challenges families experience and it’s nice to know you can confide and consult with someone on issues that can usually be difficult to talk about. Family life is joyous and stressful and Erin is invested in helping you through your struggle.

Kathleena East


Counselling

Kathleena is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology degree with Yorkville University while doing her practicum at Blossom Tree Counselling. Kathleena is looking forward to the opportunity to begin working and learning from Megan at Blossom Tree, this coming January. Kathleena has been an elementary school teacher in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district for 20 years and is excited to put to use her passion for supporting families and youth in the community in a different way outside of the classroom environment. Kathleena embraces a client-centered approach that believes in empowering and guiding clients to set and work towards achievable goals that can facilitate growth and change. Kathleena brings extensive personal and professional skills given her background in education, growing up within a divorce and step-parent home, in addition to her own experience with the transitional period following parental separation and the challenges involved in co-parenting and blended family living. Kathleena feels that her empathic, positive approach, and ability to relate to children, teens, parents, and the family system can benefit the team at Blossom Tree Counselling.

Megan Vandersluys

M.Ed RCC
Counselling

Welcome! I’m Megan, and I created Blossom Tree Counselling in 2017, with the intention to create a supportive place for children, teens and parents who are having a hard time with anxiety, mood, challenging behaviours and family transitions. Over the past several years I have also had many kiddos come my way presenting with concerns that result from their neurodiversity, whether they are 2E, have learning challenges, present with ADHD, or are highly sensitive. Some children and youth present with sensory processing concerns, along with other issues that come up with being differently wired. I practice Synergetic Play Therapy, an approach that focuses on helping to children to increase their interoceptive awareness (noticing what’s happening in their body), while improving their emotional awareness and their ability to self regulate.

As a step parent, I also love helping blended families process the challenges that arise from all the differing dynamics that are part of being in a blended family.

In addition to play therapy and working with step families, I support parents in healing their own losses from their childhood. As a Peaceful Parenting Educator, I truly believe that the hardest part of parenting is undoing the hardwiring we experienced during our own childhood. Understanding what triggers our reactivity with our own kids, where that came from, how it plays out in our relationships in our family, how to tame those triggers and break the cycle of authoritarian and shame based parenting. It is hard work making those changes but I truly believe it’s never too late to repair those relationships. Being certified in EMDR, I help clients process those past childhood memories that hold those negative, triggering reactions, so that we can heal those triggers and parent from a more empathetic and respectful place.

At Blossom Tree Counselling we also love to work with blended families and step parents. Whether you are a stepmom or dad and feeling like you’re at the end of your rope, or maybe you feel like you have NO influence in your own home and are walking on eggshells all the time. You might find yourself starting to avoid your stepchildren out of fear of doing or saying the wrong thing.

Or maybe your relationship is getting serious and you’re not sure how all kids involved are going to handle the changes, how can we handle these transitions smoothly for everyone. And sometimes you feel bad, like you’re already put them through so much and you feel guilty for adding more and need help processing the decisions you’re faced with.

You thought you had this blended family thing down but now new problems have come up and you’re totally taken by surprise!As a step-mom and part of a blended family, I get that the dynamics of a step-family can totally be challenging for everyone!

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