Our Services

Who are we at Vancouver Island Therapy?


We all love what we do and are here to help you find health, balance and peace. 


Vancouver Island Therapy is a full service, multi—disciplinary health clinic focused on providing multiple healing services to help you and your family. Located in Nanaimo, BC, we service many communities including; Port Alberni, Qualicum, Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan to Victoria. 


Diverse, professional and experienced, our practitioners bring a broad range of experience into their practice with clients. We are here to help emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Each of us has decades of experience, a unique approach, and continue to strengthen our skills so we can best serve each client. We work as a collaborative team, working to meet the needs of everyone in the family. We encourage you to a look at the services we provide to see if we will be a good fit for you and your loved ones. 


Meet Us




In 2009 my father died, after a short but painful battle with cancer. When I think of him, I often see him sitting reading a novel under the branches of the weeping willow in the yard of our family home. A lot of my memories of him and my upbringing are of deep and life altering conversations under the branches of that tree. This relationship was one of the best, most meaningful, but also most difficult relationships of my life. This is why my previous company was called Willow Branch and why I chose to keep the logo of the Willow tree for my personal page. 


I bring the synergy of challenge, resiliency, family, purpose and reflection to my approach with counselling, much like my own story with my father. 


I help people heal from the impact of family history, healing from the impact of past hurts and coping patterns while remaining grateful for the lineage. Without addressing these patterns, we often continue to replay them in our current relationships, behaviours and thinking. I can help you find who you are, meet your goals, thrive in new circumstances, encourage resiliency, affirmation and rejuvenation. 

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Trusted Counselling Professional

Sarah is a highly skilled and trained therapist and social worker. She comes to Vancouver Island with over 15 years of experience and training working with Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Family Transitions and the LGBTQ Community.


Counsellor, BCRCC

Let’s work together to explore the challenges creating uneasiness, confusion and pain in your life. We will work in a comfortable, accepting space to create a meaningful, grounding experience to help you gain new awareness, explore choices and promote positive and rewarding change and self-care. Traditional talk therapies are not the only way to explore your story, and I often use sand play, art, storytelling, journaling, metaphor and imagery to reach a deeper understanding.



My name is Diane Klaws and I am a member of Lytton First Nation and have been blessed to have lived, played and worked here on Snu ney muxw territory. 


I have extensive experience and passion working with people who have experienced intergenerational abuses and who struggle with a variety of addiction.  Compassionate and understanding, I walk with people who struggle with anger, depression, coping, parenting styles, communication, and organization of daily tasks, while they find themselves and peace. 


My approach to life and life situations is that of strengths based.  Some of my wisdom comes from lived knowledge, working as a child safety social worker for 15 years, and as Satir Trained therapist.  I have a calm, respectful, and non judgemental way of being and am known as having a unique way of being safe and grounding while also able to be direct when needed. It is my absolute honour to walk beside you on your healing path.



Simplicity, gratitude, love and service are my guiding principles. I utilize the Satir Model (Virginia Satir et al) to help clients cultivate personal awareness, internal resources, change and healthy relationships with self and others.


I promote and model balanced lifestyles including; contemplation, exercise, solitude, ceremony and connection. I have demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for helping people heal for over 35 years as a youth worker, addictions counsellor and social worker.



Rebecca has been working with individuals and families for over 15 years in a variety of capacities. She began her work as an outreach counsellor, working with high risk adolescents and their families. She then moved into the child and youth mental health stream.  After completing her MA in 2010, Rebecca moved into work with adults and families. 


Her work began to include addictions and the many ways that individuals can find freedom from it. Her approach is eclectic and is based on what the client needs in the moment. She strives to provide a safe, supportive environment in which her clients feel they can explore whatever they feel needs attention. Rebecca offers a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR. Additionally, Rebecca provides assessments for individuals to best support their addiction recovery needs.  Rebecca believes that a counselling relationship needs to be one built on trust and respect and that it is her role to help a person realize the resources they have within themselves.


Administrator / Office Manager

Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Jamie. As Vancouver Island Therapy's Office Manager in Nanaimo, she is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations.


Counsellor, MA, CCC - Currently on Maternity Leave

My interest in psychotherapy stems from a deep desire to know myself and to assist others in living the most authentic life possible free of depression, anxiety, disordered eating patterns and addictions. The value I can add to my clients’ healing journeys comes from years of education, hands on experience in the field and from doing my own inner work and having personal experience of being on the other side of the therapeutic equation. 


Counselling Services

Vancouver Island Therapy can help you thrive in the new circumstances,

encouraging resiliency, affirmation and rejuvenation.

Adult & Individual Therapy
  • Addiction

  • Codependency

  • Anxiety / Depression

  • Disorders 

  • Trauma Re-Enactment

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Grief / Stress

  • Coping Skills

  • Eating Disorders

  • Family of Origin

  • Sex Addiction 

  • Intimacy

  • Porn Addiction

  • Betrayal Trauma

  • Self Esteem

  • Life Transitions

Family and Couples Therapy
  • Parenting Issues

  • Addiction

  • Couples / Marital

  • Separations

  • Parenting Through Separation

  • Interventions

  • Premarital

  • Divorce

  • Parenting

  • Co-Parenting

Child & Adolescent Counselling
  • Anxiety / Depression

  • ODD

  • Autism / ADHD

  • Impulse Control

  • Bullying / Internet Violence

  • Sexuality


  • Sexual Abuse

  • Relationships

  • Parenting / Separation / Grief

  • Family Therapy

  • Suicidality / Trauma


How Can We Help You?