About Us

STRENGTH Counselling Services

Providing a variety of options for holistic healing in the form of therapeutic practice through both in-office and E-counselling to any location worldwide with a clinical focus given to mental, emotional, and physical health.   Areas of specialty include body image issues, maladaptive eating and sexual behaviours, addictions, abuse, marital discord and family development, anxiety, family of origin issues, trauma, life management issues, emotional turmoil, criminal rehabilitation, parenting and child development, depression and suicidal ideation, gender identity, LGBTQ issues, and many more.


Amanda Poitras, Programming Director

Amanda graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2013 with a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology and in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling.  She is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors; designating her as a registered clinical counsellor.  She works within a trauma-informed transpersonal framework and specializes in addictions recovery, notably process addictions, such as eating disorders, and sexual addiction. Gary Tzu, Marcia Rich, Steven Thibodeau, Claudia Black, John Bradshaw, Pia Melody, and Patrick Carnes are a few of the influential leaders she is honoured to have been educated by. At Strength Counselling, Amanda is responsible for ensuring quality delivery of care to clients through a staff of registered counsellors and social workers. 


Ewan Kirkaldy, Counsellor

Ewan holds a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Victoria. He is also a registered social worker with the BC College of Social workers. For the past five years Ewan has held a number of different and diverse positions including group counsellor, and housing support worker.  Ewan works from a client centred, strength based approach, using a trauma informed lens.  He specializes in working with addiction, and is able to draw from both personal and professional experience.  He believes in working holistically to improve vitality and quality of life in all areas.  At Strength Counselling, Ewan is responsible for creating and delivering individualized programming for clients on his caseload.


Brittany Bannerman
, Intake Coordinator

Brittany is currently obtaining her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology (Addictions Counselling) at the University of Lethbridge. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with Honours). She worked in the field of disability services for two years as a Residential Team Leader before returning to pursue her passion for counselling. Brittany works within a trauma-informed transpersonal, existential, and humanist framework and is passionate about incorporating mindfulness and harm-reduction techniques into her practice. She believes in facilitating long lasting, transformative changes for her clients by promoting growth and acceptance.  At Strength Counselling, Brittany is the main point of initial contact and is responsible for processing all new client intakes.



Practitioners we refer out to:

Melanie Taylor, Social Worker

Melanie Taylor is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.  Melanie has over six years of experience working in the field of Mental Health and Addictions in various settings from long-term psychiatric care to community based outreach teams. Over the past three years, Melanie has been working as a child protection Social Worker for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. As a child protection worker, Melanie has developed a comprehensive understanding of how mental health, addiction and/or domestic violence can have an impact on, not only the individual, but the family system as a whole. Melanie has worked closely with families to address unresolved trauma and establish a pathway to holistic healing. Melanie works within a client-centered and strength-based framework, all under a trauma informed lens. She specializes in working with clients who struggle with interpersonal issues (mental health and addictions), unintegrated trauma  and relationship issues as well as assisting couples with separation and establishing parenting plans that are in the best interest of their child/children.