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 Disorder (FASD), early life trauma, attachment-related difficulties and parenting challenges. We treat military veterans and their families with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (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. In 2018 we added two new practitioners to our collaborative team, Dr. Carmen Thompson and Georgette Whitehead, MSW, RSW. 

Our Team

Dr. Serena Patterson, R. Psych

Dr. Serena Patterson, R. Psych

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, MA., RCC

Monika Grünberg, MA., RCC

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, R. Psych.

Dr. Carmen Thompson, R. Psych.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Carmen Thompson received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychologist from the University of Calgary in 2017. She works with adults and youth who are dealing with trauma, vocational and career planning, life transitions, stress and anxiety, depression, body image concerns, health matters, or grief and loss. She is an experienced presenter on the topics of preventing eating disorders, psychosocial issues in health, understanding the therapeutic relationship, and services of adults with developmental disability. Dr. Thompson’s primary approaches to therapy are cognitive behavioural (CBT), narrative, solution-focussed, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Georgette Whitehead, MSW, RSW

Georgette Whitehead, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor

Georgette Whitehead holds a Master of Sciences degree from Dalhousie University. She brings to our team a wealth of experience working with people in public and private settings, and extensive knowledge of community resources for clients. For ten years she was the executive director of a non-profit community service agency where she provided social work and counselling services to women in crisis and to male and female survivors of abuse, including many former foster children and residential school students. She has co-facilitated treatment groups for men and women involved in domestic violence. Since 2013 she has taught in the Social Service Worker program of North Island College. She is experienced in providing counselling and support to people living with the effects of trauma and PTSD, chronic illness, mental health, family and relationship issues, and life changes. . Georgette uses a wide range of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based and somatic techniques for emotional regulation, narrative therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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.

It is an honour and privilege to live and work in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Contact

112-2100 Guthrie Rd, Comox, BC V9M 3P6

Phone:  (250) 941-1555
Fax: (250) 941-1553
Email: admin@grunbergpatterson.ca


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