RESET Youth Team Counsellors
Carol is the Program Director for the RESET Youth Team. Carol brings 30 years of direct experience supporting teenagers in a variety of settings. Her particular strength is working with and supporting, some of our communities most challenging and complex youth; and always holds a philosophy of respect and relationship building at the forefront of her practice. Carol joined Touchstone in 2004, and most recently, joined the management team, where she now supports staff groups in continuing high-quality support services for teens and their families. Always curious about youth trends and issues, Carol is focussed on the future and the development and evolution of community-based programs and services. When not at work, you will most likely find Carol at the dog beach or cheering on her CFL team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Julie began her career with youth in the recreational setting as an Outward Bound Instructor in 2004. This experience taught Julie how youth can transform when given positive experiences and role models. Julie’s passion for working with youth continued to grow while working in residential treatment homes and shelters in Vancouver and Victoria. Throughout this time Julie continued her education in the psychology and health discipline. Julie began working with Touchstone Family Association in 2012 as the Summer Recreation Worker, she then worked at Francis House Residential Treatment. Julie currently works as a Transition to Independence counsellor helping youth gain the life skills necessary when aging out of government care. Julie believes in a compassionate and kind approach and in being an ally and role model for youth.
Barry has been with Touchstone since 2014. He started at Francis House before becoming the StreetSmarts Youth Leadership Program Facilitator and is currently working as the Transition to Independence Counsellor. Barry his passionate about helping youth reach their goals, no matter how big or small. He believes that personal relationships, mentorship, and openness are integral in helping youth make a positive impact in society. Barry went to Simon Fraser University where he received a joint BA in Criminology and Anthropology. In his free time, Barry enjoys watching and playing sports as well as spending time with his friends as family.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can change your life forever”
Chris has worked with a diverse population of youth in a variety of settings including addiction treatment centers, mental health facilities and therapeutic group homes. He believes that young people are experts on their own lives and possess an innate ability to move through adversity. Chris strives to use his knowledge and expertise to empower youth towards making prosocial change. His current role is to give youth under government care the tools to successfully transition to independence.
“Change Happens When You Have the Right Support”
Keith has been a youth counsellor at Touchstone for the past 20 years. His education is based in criminology and psychology attained from SFU, yet much of his training comes from direct experience working with youth in the group home setting through outreach and youth advocacy. Currently, Keith co-facilitates the RESET school readiness component and supports the StreetSmarts Youth Leadership Program. Whenever possible Keith tries to incorporate his love os Star Wars into his work.
“Successful Relationships are Key”
Lisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Lisa is an EMDR therapist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and is also certified in MBSR-T (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens). Lisa specializes in adolescents, providing counselling to teens, young adults, and their families. Lisa describes her therapeutic style as eclectic, adjusting the techniques to the needs of each client and to each session. Lisa also provides psycho-educational workshops to the Richmond School District on Adolescent Mental Health. Through years of experience working in multifaceted settings, Lisa has gained the knowledge and skills necessary to reach difficult youth. Lisa understands that the greatest indicator of success lies in creating safe and trusting relationships with clients.
Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. He has worked extensively with youth with challenges ranging from special needs and mental health to family preservation. His practice is centered around solution-focused approaches on family dynamics, Systems, and reciprocity. He also understands the impact positive mentorship can have on achieving goals, and an everlasting feeling of success that comes with it. Additionally, he is able to implement, whether in youth groups or 1 to 1, effective strategies to achieve those goals. Mohamed’s leisure activities include meditation, playing sports with his younger siblings, and spending time with friends and family.
“Progression over Perfection.”
T has been at Touchstone since 2008. She was a Youth Worker at Francis House for 11 years before transitioning to the Youth Mentorship program. Outside of Touchstone, T works as an Education Assistant for the Burnaby School Board and she uses her passion for music and dancing to DJ various events. T has a great sense of humour and loves to laugh and is known for being particularly skilled at establishing and maintaining strong therapeutic relationships with her clients.
“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” – Alfred Adler
Spencer holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Spencer recently completed her Clinical Practicum at Touchstone and was then hired to join the RESET Youth Team as a Counsellor. Spencer strives to create a collaborative and encouraging therapeutic environment that allows her to tailor her sessions and techniques to each unique client. Spencer grew up in Richmond and has worked with youth in various settings, her favourite being as a swimming instructor. Outside of work, Spencer spends her time outside with her dog and eating at her favourite restaurants with her friends.
Spencer is filling a contract position fully funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland – Youth Wellness grant supporting vulnerable youth struggling since the onset of COVID 19.
“Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we’ve touched”
Lamar is completing his Master of Counselling Psychology Degree at Adler University. He was introduced to Touchstone in 2018 as Support Worker at Francis House, making the transition to the RESET Team as an Adult, Youth and Child Counsellor after the recent completion of his clinical practicum. Originally a native of Ottawa, ON, Lamar has worked with and alongside children, youth and young adults in various settings and capacities for over a decade. He believes that, at times, all that’s truly needed to make a difference in an individual’s journey is to genuinely be present for them as a source of safety, support, encouragement and empowerment. When he’s not working, you can find Lamar playing sports, playing music, catching a movie, spending time with his friends or helping out with his local church.