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We're glad you've found us. We offer video and phone counselling for clients located in both BC and Alberta.

Anchored Connections is dedicated to supporting individuals, couples, and families in overcoming life's challanges, developing resilience, and creating healthy relationships.

Julie Lidstone

Julie Lidstone MSW, RSW

Julie Lidstone Julie combines compassion with over 20 years of therapeutic experience and is known for her warm, non-judgmental approach. She specializes in couples therapy (marriage counselling), mental health challenges, and individual counselling using evidence-based tools such as Cognative Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Gottman Method. Her practice, enriched by diverse professional and personal experiences, provides empathetic and effective support.
Read more about Julie's professional expertise and counselling approach in her full bio.

I'm pleased to offer phone or video counselling to clients in BC and Alberta. This season, I have some openings on Tuesdays and Fridays. ~ Julie

Nicole Hutchinson

Nicole Hutchinson MACP, RCC, CCTP-II

Nicole Hutchinson Nicole is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an empathic approach to complex trauma, mental health, and emotional wellness. She has a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is dedicated to helping clients explore and heal from life's challenges. Certified in CCTP-II, her expertise extends to treating complex trauma, PTSD, and dissociation in children, youth, and adults. Nicole also specializes in anxiety and depression, and has 15 years of experience working with families who have encountered trauma, grief, and loss related to foster care, adoption, and attachment challenges.
Read more about Nicole's professional expertise and counselling approach in her full bio.

I'm here to support your journey toward mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Offering online sessions for clients in BC, I have current openings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. ~ Nicole

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We use Jane for billing, for booking, and for facilitating most of our video sessions.

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  1. Does online or phone counselling work?

    Yes! Research supports the effectiveness of online counselling. It offers the convenience of attending from any location and the comfort of your own space, which can encourage openness. Learn more about online counselling.

  2. Do you provide marriage counselling?

    We do. We offer comprehensive couples counselling, using a blend of attachment theory, Gottman Method, and personalized approaches to strengthen relationships. Learn more about marriage counselling.

  3. Can I see you for both parent consulting and personal counselling?

    Yes! Sometimes parents seek both parent consulting and individual counselling. We welcome the opportunity to offer both types of work in our sessions at your request. These services go well together as the wellbeing of parents and caregivers is important to ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and adolescents.

  4. In a parent consultation session, do you need to see my child?

    Not usually. We work with parents and caregivers to help them make sense of the challenges they face with their child. We do not need to see the child to assess the problems and provide support. We believe that parents and caregivers are the answer to their child’s deepest needs, and we work to support you in that.

  5. Is there a waitlist?

    We are currently accepting new clients. While there is often a waitlist for new clients, there are also times when we can see new clients with little to no wait – like right now!

  6. Can you help adoptive families?

    Yes! 💕 We offer specialized support in the realm of adoption, utilizing approaches like TBRI, Circle of Security, and Theraplay to nurture and strengthen adoptive families through their unique journeys. Learn more about our adoption support.

  7. How long are the sessions?

    Counselling or consulting sessions are usually 50 minutes in length. Longer sessions can be arranged as needed.

  8. Will the session be covered by my extended health benefits?

    Possibly. You can check your extended health plan. Many plans do cover our designations, which are “Registered Social Worker (RSW)” and “Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)”. Our individual registration numbers are provided on the receipts which you can then submit to your insurance provider.

    Families who have adopted a child in Alberta may have counselling services funded through Supports for Permanency (SFP). You will need to confirm your specific situation with your SFP caseworker.

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