Allius Services, MA, RCC-ACS, BCRPT-S

Allius Services View Specialties

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist, Child & Family Therapist
  • 420, 256 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 5B3
  • Phone: 250-753-0363
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  • Session Fees: $90/ hr for Interns; $150-$200/ hr for Registered Counsellors
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Webcam

  • Do you feel frustrated or get concerned about your child's or teen's behaviour? 
  • Are you experiencing a growing distance or conflict in your family or romantic relationships?
  • Are issues from your past still negatively affecting you?
  • Is stress and worry taking over your life?
  • Is a major life change making your day-to-day too challenging?
  • Are you caught up in coparenting or blended family difficulties that never improve?

These are just some of the areas that Allius Services' counsellors support. 
About Us
We appreciate the uniqueness of each person and family with whom we work, while thoughtfully considering the influence culture, identity, history and socio-political systems have on each of us.

The healing power of relationship is a foundational principle and we seek to cultivate true connections with clients, each other, and our community.
We value PLAY

We believe “playfulness” is a cornerstone of healing and wellness. As such, clients of all ages are encouraged to incorporate humour, expressive arts, sand tray, sport, music, dance or other creative hobbies and pursuits into their therapeutic process.

We are humans first and counsellors second. As humans who face suffering throughout our lives, as clinicians we can guide with this shared vulnerability.
The Allius Services team includes both registered clinical counsellors ($140-200/ hr) and counselling student interns ($90/ hr). This is a training site for counselling practicum students who have completed their graduate studies coursework and are now putting their skills into practice under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor. 
  • Ladona Pinder -- Registered Social Worker and soon to be Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • Nicole Puckering -- Counselling Student Intern
  • Lurline Raposo -- Clinical Director, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist and an Accredited Clinical Supervisor and a Supervisor in Play Therapy
All Allius counsellors have significant work experience and training to support young people, parents and complex family situations. All counsellors are trained in acceptance and commitment therapy, attachment and child development principles prior to joining us.
Psychotherapy Models May Include: 
  • Advanced Gottman Couples 
  • Attachment-based models of family therapy (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused therapy)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology 
  • Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy 
  • Mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and Mindful Self-Compassion.
  • Trauma interventions such as Accelerated Trauma Resolution (ART); Flash Technique; Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) 

Therapeutic Philosophy of Change
We support people to gain insights about themselves and about others in order to improve clients' intrapersonal and interpersonal connections. We encourage people to examine why the emotions are there and how they may be acting protectively, so we can consciously choose to do something else when they come up.
Anger, anxiety, sadness and all the other challenging emotions are there to tell us something. By understanding our feelings and emotions they can hold less power over us. This can free us up to make different choices about how we react to thoughts and feelings. These behaviour choices must be guided by who we want to be in the world. It is this values-driven approach that really supports long-term change. For us, positive change happens from a combination of knowing ourselves and making active decision to do things differently based on what is most important to us. 

Allius Services Reaches

Nanaimo BC