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DR. KOUROSH EDALATI

Dr. Kourosh Edalati – Clinical Director

Dr. Edalati’s journey in holistic brain health began as an immunology student at McGill University.  He observed that foods had a major impact on his immune system.  His improved immune system not only kept him away from illnesses, but also turned his brain into a calm and happy one to the extent that people around him nicknamed him the “Zen dude”.

Later on, Dr. Edalati started to look at clinical hypnosis and mindfulness-based psychotherapies with other psychological interventions as part of his psychiatry training.  His conclusion was that these treatments when combined with proper nutrition can have a far greater impact on the health of not only people’s minds but also on their bodies.

After observing the connection between the domains of biology, psychology, spiritual beliefs and social networks, Dr. Edalati decided that addressing just individual domains (such as biology through nutrition) when treating patients was not enough and a more comprehensive philosophy of healing the brain and therefore the body was needed.

With this intention, he founded Elumind to take brain health and therefore the health of the body to a whole new level with the vision of changing the way we live our lives forever.

Dr. Edalati is a psychiatry graduate from the University of British Columbia.   He works in private practice working with a variety of mental health conditions.  Additionally, he worked at BC Children’s Hospital in the Child and Family Clinic specializing in PTSD in children and adolescents. Dr. Edalati is also a clinical instructor for the department of psychiatry at University of British Columbia.

Dr. Edalati has expert training in a number of areas:

He has completed all courses in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and has been practicing integrative mental health using Functional Medicine principles.  These are advanced courses in gastrointestinal health, detoxification, cardiometabolic health, immune system, hormonal balance and finally bioenergetics.

He is board certified in clinical hypnosis and is an active member on the board of the BC Clinical Society of Hypnosis.

Furthermore, he has training in Eye Movement and Desensitization Processing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sensorimotor therapy, Mindfulness-based therapies and Family Therapy.

Dr. Edalati has extensive training in pain management and other therapies that alleviate pain (in addition to clinical hypnosis) such as Biofeedback and Microcurrent Therapy.

Additionally, Dr. Edalati has been using Neurofeedback and Neurostimulation Therapies along with QEEG Mapping to treat many mental health conditions, but also to create and enhance peak performance in athletics, academics and business.   He also has designed specific programs to help improve cognitive performance in patients suffering from post-stroke or dementia.

Dr. Edalati is also an avid basketball and soccer player and spends time with his family living the healthy principles that he brings to Elumind.

As the medical director for Elumind, he welcomes you to contact him and learn what services can help you on your way to a healthier and happier brain as well as in your life.

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MARYAM MILLS

Maryam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is a certified Parenting Workshop Facilitator, Family Mediatiator (Justice Institute of BC), and Gottman Method Couples Therapist. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, sensorimotor, and mindfulness therapies, Maryam helps individuals, couples and families, dealing with grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, personality disorders and addiction. Her training and experience from working with children with ADHD supports the whole family. Maryam helps with intense needs such as at-risk youth facing substance abuse, identity, self-harm, depression and trauma issues.

Providing her with advanced tools to better inform her trauma work, Maryam also has specialized training in sensorimotor concepts and techniques from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Theoretically grounded in neuroscience and attachment research, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy includes the body in psychotherapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. A mindfulness-based approach is used to treat emotional and cognitive experiences that facilitates access to a deeper authentic experience. Maryam’s work helps her clients develop long-term strategies to deal with obstacles, repair relationships and increase respect, intimacy, affection and connection.

Certifications:

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • Master of Arts Counselling Psychology
  • EMDR Specialist Counsellor
  • Sensorimotor Level 1 & 2 (Trauma)
  • ICBC certified
  • Gottman Couples Method
  • EFT
  • Parenting Workshop Facilitator
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AKBAR SAFARI

Akbar is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 18 years of experience providing counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults and children. He holds a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis from ISSCH and CSHC and is trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for 1 year in Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute (TPI).

Akbar holds a Masters degree in Personality Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He standardized Personality Disorders Questionnaire-DSM (PDQ4+) and West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI).

Akbar can help with:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
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SARAH SAGE

Sarah specializes in children, youth, individuals, families, parenting, attachment issues, stress management, emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, trauma, and life changes/transitions.

Sarah completed her Master degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work with a specialization in First Nation studies. She is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers and a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Sarah is also a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist and has specialized training in working with mindfulness, CBT, attachment, various special needs, play therapy and complex trauma. Sarah enjoys individual as well as family therapy and can be booked for either.

Sarah began to take an active interest in meditation while living in India in the 1990s. At the time, she was moved by how meditation impacted herself, the people she met and the cultures she was immersed in. Sarah returned to Canada in 1999 and has spent the majority of her career working in the Northern Territories. She worked with the Learning Disabilities Association, Family and Children’s Services and the Child Development Centre. Dedicated to affecting positive outcomes for children and families, Sarah began creating her own programs, designed and operated to help children and families with diverse special needs meet their full potential. These programs were unique at the time, as they integrated daily meditation practices in with wilderness experiences, wholesome food, physical activity and art. She opened a specialized care home and leadership camp with spaces for children living in government care and an integrated preschool and family centre, with spaces held for children with diverse special needs. She developed and delivered psycho-education for families, as well as training and support for professionals working with children and youth to improve mental health outcomes, always with a special focus on mindfulness. Sarah has worked intensively with biological, foster and adoptive families involved in the child welfare system as well as with families supporting children who have special needs. She continues to work with individuals and families healing from profound and intergenerational traumas. Sarah works in the Arctic (as well as North Vancouver), offering regular counselling clinics to individuals and families impacted by residential school experiences, as well as by murdered or missing Indigenous women.

Sarah is thrilled that the field of psychology has been growing a strong evidence base for mindfulness practices, as this both supports her experiences with meditation as healing and promotes the development of simple and accessible practices for anyone interested in personal development. Sarah recently became a certified hypnotherapist, discovering that hypnosis is a strong compliment to mindfulness, similar in ways to guided meditation and accessible to both novice and experienced individuals interested in increasing their mental, physical and spiritual well being.

Sarah has raised two daughters and helped to raise two foster daughters. She recently moved to North Vancouver so she could thoroughly enjoy being a grandmother. Internationally, Sarah and her family have worked in orphanages and outreach programs, offering direct support and facilitating volunteer training. Sarah maintains a daily qigong practice and is a certified practice group leader. She enjoys long walks in nature and sailing. She deeply values diversity and cross-cultural experiences. Her life purpose is to support people to heal in order to experience greater happiness, joy, peace, contentment and gratitude.

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DR. VEERLE WILLAEYS

Doctor Veerle Willaeys has rich clinical work experienceShe is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public health. She has been working for many years as a family doctor in the community, in a treatment center for mental health and addictions, and in a psychiatric inpatient unit at UBC hospital. She has been teaching family medicine students as a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of British Columbia.  

Growing up in Belgium, her parents taught her from a young age about organic gardening, holistic nutrition, nature conservation, social connection, and responsibility.  

She is a lifelong learner and passionate about functional medicine, especially how it relates to brain health. She is certified to practice functional medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). 

She received advanced training at the Walsh Research Institute, the Integrated Psychiatry Institute, the International Society for orthomolecular medicine, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) 

She applies a Functional Medicine model to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Her approach is patient-centered and science-based.  

She invites and empowers patients to work together to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that contributed to ill health and together develop a personalized treatment plan. 

 She is grateful to live in beautiful British Columbia, especially since she loves yoga, meditation, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and hiking in the mountains.

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DR. BELINDA UNUEROH-OKOYE

Belinda Unueroh-Okoye – Clinical Counsellor, Therapist

Belinda began her journey as a medical doctor. However, she realized that most of her patients did not come to her because of the prescriptions she gave them for their medical conditions, but because they all needed somebody non-judgmental and authentic to listen to their stories. Thus began her career in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Belinda graduated with a degree in masters of counselling from City University of Seattle in Vancouver, BC and is a well recognized registered clinical counsellor with BCACC.

Having grown up in a multicultural society with a career that spanned different continents and patients that where from diverse and rich cultures, Belinda is non-judgemental, respectful and client-centered with a goal towards ensuring that her clients do not measure life by the number of breaths they take, but by the moments in life that take their breath away! She tells her clients that life is to be lived to the fullest and we should not allow ourselves to miss out in this great journey as a result of our fears and anxieties.

Belinda provides her clients with the necessary tools required to learn new skills and in the process acquire a better way of coping. She respects the fact that each person is unique and as a result, she is very flexible and strives to meet her clients at the point they are. She has a special interest in helping her clients build their self-esteem, communication and relationships. She also helps with anger management, depression, anxiety and addictions.

Belinda has no restrictions when it comes to seeing clients and can help you with:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Depression or Low Mood

  • Traumatic Life Events

  • Adjustments to Separation and Divorce

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Self-esteem Issues

  • Anxiety, Stress and Phobia

  • Relationship and Marital Issues

  • Racial Identity

  • Child or Adolescent

  • Women’s Issues

  • Chronic Illness

  • Codependency

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KAREN MITCHINSON

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioural Sciences and a Masters Degree in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders,Karen Mitchinson has been passionate about helping adults, children and youth for over 30 years.

She believes in focussing on the strength and resilience of the individual and building on those unique qualities in order to move from surviving to thriving and flourishing. With advances in neuroscience in recent years, and the greater understanding about the role of the brain in mental health struggles and its incredible capacity for healing and adapting, Karen works within a holistic framework, addressing the four domains of biology, psychology, social and spiritual to empower you towards a healthier brain which results in a healthier body. The process of therapy includes taking advantage of brain neuroplasticity to heal, create change, build resilience and move from distress to calmness, sadness to happiness.

Karen can provide therapy to children, youth, adults and families experiencing fears, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction issues, grief and loss, life transitions, relationships, and self esteem. She also has a special interest, training and experience working with individuals with autism. For the past twelve years, she has worked within a university counselling department of Child and Youth Mental Health.

Karen integrates many therapy modalities into her practice, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Techniques, Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Based Therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-focussed CBT. Meet Karen and begin your healing journey, living with joy, and making the connections to feel hope and belonging once again.

Karen has experience in these techniques:

  • Person centered therapy,
  • CBT
  • TF-CBT
  • DBT
  • Narrative – particularly with art therapy and families
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy
  • Solutions Focussed Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Narrative Family Therapy
  • Emotion Focussed Family Therapy
  • ARC – Attachment , Self Regulation and Competency
  • Circle of Security
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    FARZANA JAFFER

    Farzana’s training and experience in personal and business excellence over the last 20 years has earned her the role of “Best Kept Secret” to a small army of creatives and executives and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, FIFA and PGA. Farzana brings a mix of warmth, professionalism and playfulness to every engagement. Her mission is to help you realize your best self so you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. As a coach, Farzana can assist you with building your self-esteem, dissolving anxiety and getting your sleep back. She’ll help you reclaim your creative flow, and cultivate healthy habits while ridding yourself of unhealthy ones – including smoking! You’ll absolutely benefit from her diverse toolkit of traditional psychology, applied cognitive neuroscience, hypnotherapy and meditation.

    Her certifications include coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, trance and hypnotherapy (International Association of Counsellors and Therapists, Erickson College, International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association). Farzana is also a bestselling co-author and an inspiring public speaker. She teaches classes in applied neuroplasticity and hypnosis. You may not know what you’re signing up for but you can rest assured you will get results.

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    FENNEKE TJALLINGII-BROCKEN

    Fenneke is a Performance Coach and certified Systemic Team Coach with over 6 years of experience. She holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential of the International Coach Federation and the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation of the Co-Active Coaching Institute. Fenneke also has a Masters degree in Marine Biology and has 20+ years of experience with practicing and teaching mindfulness  and yoga.

    Fenneke empowers people with calm, clarity and confidence to let them thrive in their life and work. She supports her clients to build resilience and perform at their best, without sacrificing their wellbeing. Fenneke’s driving purpose when coaching is to bring awareness and conscious choice so that her clients can choose the life they desire, experience joy in their lives and express their unique contributions into our world.

    As team coach, Fenneke creates conscious work cultures. She works through a systemic lens, creating actionable insight in what is truly happening in the system and aligning people and strategy. She enhances team performance, employee engagement and wellbeing so teams can successfully deliver on targets and positive impact.

    Fenneke is also passionate about the practice of building a caring self-discipline with compassion and consistent actions to stay focused on your higher goals. This allows her clients to build a steady commitment and achieve the desired outcomes, without having to be harsh on themselves. By empowering clients both in their doing and in their being, they can fully embody change and realize sustainable results.

    Fenneke has an integrated, holistic approach that incorporates the impact of the wider system. Her style is genuine and caring and people indicate experiencing a sense of calmness from being in her presence. Fenneke makes the visceral explicit while always holding her clients in integrity.

    Fenneke can help with:

    • Self-mastery
    • Stress & anxiety reduction
    • Confidence building
    • Goal achievement
    • Purpose clarity
    • Relationships
    • Communication and conflict resolution
    • Self-criticism & self-compassion
    • Breaking with demoting habits
    • Low motivation
    • Fear of failure
    • Procrastination