Providing services in counselling, psychotherapy, and education since 2004

comox valley, bc

Ethical, caring and safe relationships form the fabric of a rich and joyful life, therefore, individual and community healing go hand in hand. 

We believe in the healing power of a therapeutic relationship, where clients can feel valued and empowered to envision, practice and create change. Creating this relationship is the starting point for therapy. In all aspects of our work – therapy, assessment, consultation and education – we are committed to our clients and to the bonds of family, friendship and community that sustain them. We are proud of the way that we, as a practice, contribute to community health.

Areas of special interest include: Trauma, Depression, Life Changes, Grief, and Chronic Pain. Also, issues relating to adoption, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, early life trauma, Attachment-related difficulties and parenting challenges. We treat military veterans and their families with PTSD, Depression, Adjustment difficulties and/or Chronic Pain.

Grünberg Patterson Centre for Counselling and Assessment is a partnership between Dr. Serena Patterson, Ph.D., and Monika Grünberg, R.C.C. Since 1997, we have supported each other in daily practice, and offered a team approach to working with families. We have recently introduced two new practitioners to our collaborative team, Dr. Carmen Thompson and Georgette Whitehead, MSW, RSW. 

Our Team

Dr. Serena Patterson

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.

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.

Dr. Carmen Thompson Ph.D

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 British Columbia College of Psychologists. 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).

Georgette Whitehead, MSW

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 trained in EMDR, an evidence-based modality to address trauma and PTSD. 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.

Chichi Ang

Chichi Ang

Bookkeeper

Sheila Malouin

Sheila Malouin

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie McGowan

Stephanie McGowan

Office Administrator

Our Space

Therapeutic space is sacred space. 

The four walls of the therapy room are a safe container for the stories that we tell, the emotions that travel through us, the relationships that heal. 

Ours is a calming space, which invites that which is inside of our clients—their own unique human spirit—to come forward.

Having a space that is set apart from the daily world allows our clients to focus deeply, to try out new ways of seeing what goes on in their lives, and to develop new skills that they bring to their relationships, work and play when they return to their daily lives.

We focus on the human beings that have come here to tell their truths.

It also allows us, as therapists, to focus without distraction on the human beings that have come here to tell their truths and to grow stronger through doing so. In this special place we find our own power to witness, to honor, and sometimes to transform the stories that get told.

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Grünberg Patterson Centre for Counselling & Assessment has been providing services in counselling, psychotherapy, psycho educational assessment, and education since 2004.

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112-2100 Guthrie Rd, Comox, BC V9M 3P6
Phone:  (250) 941-1555 Fax: (250) 941-1553 Email: admin@grunbergpatterson.ca