Karen Gustafson, MA Counselling Psychology

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Karen Gustafson

Karen Gustafson is a Counsellor with the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  She holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University.  She founded Bear Creek Counselling in 2009.  She integrates professional counselling for individuals, couples, and families. 


Her approach with you, the client, is to address the underlying issues, or root issues, so that you become free of chronic stress and the emotional drain you are facing.  This opens the door to move beyond coping, and to explore your unique purpose once the stressors are resolved in your life. 


Bear Creek Counselling offers a safe & supportive environment that helps others:

a) acquire the skills, attitudes & insights that will enable them to meet life's challenges.

b) reduce intense negative emotions,

c) develop a resilient self identity

d) grow in wellness of the whole person:  emotional, social, spiritual, physical, and mental. 


Karen’s life experience includes 26 years in a healthy marriage, parenting three sons, and understanding the nature of grief (after husband’s death).   She shares: "I have deep compassion for those going through times of crisis and grief".   Her vision is to bring release, beauty and joy to those who have struggled with various life challenges.


Karen has developed and facilitated seminars on family life, and brings an understanding of cultural differences into counselling, having lived overseas for 16 years.   She  utilizes a variety of counselling models including Family Systems, Gottman's principles, Career Counselling models, Biblical principles, and Attachment Theory.  Sand tray therapy and art therapy - may be relevant in some situations, as well as play therapy with children. 


Karen has received specialized training in "Observed & Experiential Integration." - which greatly reduces Fight / Flight / Freeze reactions in life, and reduces traumatic or overwhelming emotions.  Clients have experienced great reductions in anger, despair, anxiety, abandonment, sadness, etc... through this therapy. 


Karen's work experience includes:


Bear Creek Counselling

Grande Prairie, AB


Focus on the Family

Langley, BC


Burden Bearers

Grande Prairie, AB
Peace River, AB


Fraser River Counselling

Langley, BC


Ministry for Children &
Family Development

Chilliwack, BC

Camp Director

Bear Lake Bible Camp

Grande Prairie, AB

Karen Gustafson Reaches

Grande Prairie AB