About Us


Grünberg Patterson Centre for Counselling & Assessment has been providing services in counselling, psychotherapy, and education since 2004. Dr. Patterson and Ms. Grünberg work individually or as a team to provide a wide range of coordinated services than neither of us could do alone. We look forward to growing and deepening our connection to the Comox Valley for years to come.

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Dr. Serena Patterson

Registered Psychologist

Monika Grünberg, M.Ed.

Registered Clinical Counsellor
Dr. Serena Patterson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1992. From 1990 to 2010 she taught courses in Psychology, Human Development, and Social Justice at North Island College, while maintaining a private practice in counselling and assessment. Since 2011 she has been engaged in full-time private practice. In therapy, she works with couples, families, and individuals with a wide range of concerns, including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders and PTSD, physical pain, trauma resulting from military service, accidents, illness, sexual or childhood abuse, and life transitions. Through on-going professional development, she continues to build her skills across therapeutic modalities of emotion focused therapy for couples, attachment based therapies for parents and children, cognitive–behavioural and psychodynamic therapies for traumatized adults.
Monika Grünberg received her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1999. Prior to completing her degree she worked primarily doing therapy with traumatized women and children in the Greater Vancouver area. She moved to the Comox Valley and began full-time private practice in 1998. Since the completion of her degree she has received additional training in many therapy modalities and in working with diverse populations of families and adults. She specializes in emotion-focussed and attachment-based therapies for families, couples and individuals who have histories of troubled relationships. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solution-focussed short-term therapy in short term work. She also uses experiential modalities such as Theraplay and play therapy with children; Jungian based sand tray work with adults, and biofeedback.