About Us

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.
Dr. Serena Patterson
Registered Psychologist
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.
Dr. Patterson continues to build her skills with on-going professional development 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, M.Ed.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
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.
Monika specializes in emotion-focused and attachment-based therapies for families, couples and individuals who have histories of troubled relationships. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solution-focused short-term therapy in short term work. She also uses experiential modalities such as Theraplay and play therapy with children using Jungian-based sand tray work with adults, and biofeedback.
Georgette Whitehead, MSW
Registered Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor
Georgette Whitehead holds a Master of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University. She is experienced in providing counselling and support to individuals living with the effects of trauma and PTSD, chronic illness, mental health, family and relationship issues, as well as life changes. She worked extensively with both men and women and has co-facilitated several specialized treatment groups. Georgette uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based practices for emotional regulation, narrative therapy, as well as somatic modalities. She is certified in EMDR, an evidence-based modality to address trauma.   
 
For ten years as the executive director of a non-profit community service agency, Georgette provided social work and counselling services to women who lived with experiences of abuse, including many survivors of indigenous residential schools. She is currently a faculty member at North Island College, teaching in the Social Service Worker program since 2013.
Dr. Carmen Thompson Ph.D
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Carmen Thompson received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from University of Calgary, she is a Registered Psychologist with the Alberta College of Psychologists and a certified Canadian Counsellor.
Dr. Thompson:
• Worked with adults, families, and youth in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, addictions, and mental health
• Instructs graduate level courses in Counselling Psychology
• Provides psychological assessments to adults
She has published, and presented on a range of topics, including the prevention of eating disorders, the therapeutic relationship, and psychosocial issues in health, and services for adults with developmental disabilities. 
 
Dr. Thompson works with a variety of client concerns including: trauma, body image concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, career planning and grief and loss. Dr. Thompson’s primary approaches to therapy are cognitive behavioural, narrative, and solution-focused. She has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).