Our Team

Tricia Wright

Tricia Wright, B.Sc. (Honors Psychology), M.Ed. (Counselling), RCC, CCC

Counsellor, Owner – She/Her/Hers

Tricia works with adults 18+.
*Tricia is not currently accepting new clients*

About Tricia Wright

Tricia earned her B.Sc in Psychology and her M.Ed Counselling from UNBC in her home town of Prince George, BC.  She worked as a program coordinator in a street-level, non-profit organization that supported marginalized pregnant women and families as well as a Team Leader for Northern Health in detoxification and methadone maintenance programs. She is birth doula and has a keen focus on women’s perinatal mental health (infertility, assisted reproductive technology, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, post-partum, infant loss, and therapeutic terminations). She is working toward international certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and is also adept at working with men who are struggling. She is sensitive to the unique needs and challenges of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals.

Tricia prioritizes trauma-informed practice with a focus on safe, person-centered, attachment-focused, emotion-focused therapy. Tricia is skillful at working with a variety of challenges such as mental illness, addictions, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, self-worth, employment difficulties, and relationship challenges.  Her authentic, curious, and warm disposition creates a safe and enriching therapeutic experience for individuals and couples.

Olga Morrow

Olga Morrow, B.A. (English), MEd (Counselling), RCC, CCC

Counsellor, Owner – She/Her/Hers

Olga works with adults and youth 16+.

*Olga is not currently accepting new clients*

About Olga Morrow

Olga is a long-time resident of Prince George. She had a successful career in the beauty industry for many years as a stylist, educator and eventually a salon owner. While honing her skills of creating relationships and connecting with clients, she realized her passion for helping people, not only on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside. Olga’s compassion and empathetic personality helped her create a safe space where clients would share. To this end, she felt compelled to want to help in a more meaningful way and her love of research led her to return to school. She decided to change careers and further her education, initially earning her Bachelor’s in English and completing a year of the Education program. This wasn’t quite the right fit, so she carried on and subsequently completed her MEd in Counselling at UNBC.

Olga has extensive experience in managing mental health and addictions. She has trained with Gabor Mate in Compassionate Inquiry. She has a person-centred, trauma-informed, narrative therapy approach with specialized training in Emotional Focused Therapy (attachment based) for individuals, couples, and family.

Olga is a dedicated professional, committed to helping her clients co-create healing and find peace so they are able to live their best life and reach their full potential.

Kiran Ghag

Kiran Ghag, BSc (Honours Psychology), M.Ed. Counselling

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

Kiran works with adults and youth 12+.

*Kiran is not currently accepting new clients and will be transitioning to online/telephone sessions only beginning August 15th*

About Kiran Ghag

Kiran has been a resident of Prince George her entire life and completed her BSc Psychology in 2018, at which time she began her MEd Counselling (both at UNBC). Her interest in mental health started from some of her volunteer roles and strengthened through additional experiences. She has experience as a former Crisis Line Worker at the Crisis Centre of Northern BC, a Peer Support Mentor at UNBC, and as a School Counsellor at Prince George Secondary School (for her practicum). Currently, she also volunteers at the Prince George Hospice Society and offers grief support. Furthermore, she has been involved in numerous research projects at UNBC and has been employed at the Prince George Public Library for over 8 years. Kiran also speaks 3 languages (English, Punjabi, and Hindi).

Kiran has experience working with adults of all ages, as well as youth (aged 9 and older). She practices an array of therapeutic methods and operates through a trauma-informed, person-centered lens. During sessions, she uses techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), as well as Crisis Counselling. In addition, she also has training for running a psychoeducational mindfulness group for teens. Regardless of the reason you are pursuing counselling, Kiran believes she can create a comfortable atmosphere, where the client is heard and has the freedom to lead the session if they choose, while she provides collaboration along with support.

Callista Vagt

Callista Vagt, MEd, RCC

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

Callista works with adults 18+.

About Callista Vagt

My name is Callista Vagt and I am an advocate for destigmatizing mental health in our community. This involves not only supporting those that struggle to maintain good mental health, but also talking openly about the challenges. Additionally, I advocate for Prince George to support the arts, hiking and biking trails, and community events, all of which have been proven by research to create good mental health in a community. I have been working as a counsellor for 3 years but have had a lifetime of experience that has brought me to this place. I have a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University, and I focused my studies on Learning Disabilities and History. I have been a teacher in our district for 17 years, often working with vulnerable youth and their families. I am currently working as a counsellor in our Alternative Community Programs.

I completed the Masters in Education Counselling at UNBC, studying under Dr. Linda O’Neill, an expert in trauma counselling. I was exceptionally grateful to be mentored in my 10-month practicum by both Dr Linda O’Neill and noted couple’s counsellor Dr. John Sherry. I worked with a variety of clients, including couples, and though I am not qualified to counsel couples yet, I have learned many tools that I apply in my practice daily.

I gravitate toward trauma survivors and their loved ones, likely because I have seen how difficult it can be to find adequate care, but I truly enjoy working with all humans. I keep myself mentally regulated with outdoor activities, an awareness of my own desire to help others, and a firm belief in brain plasticity, all concepts I love to share with my clients if they are curious.

I adhere to the Rogerian theory that states that “everyone is the expert in their own lives.” I direct my counselling approach to what works for my clients. That being said, I am especially excited to share concepts and theories from Emotionally Focused, Attachment, Narrative, Dialectical Behaviour, and Cognitive Behavioural Theories.

Being a survivor of my own mental health challenges allows me a unique perspective of what hope can look like and how to find it. No one is a problem to be fixed, no matter the past trauma or present issues. I hope to communicate this to every client I encounter and help them to develop their own self awareness and personal compassion.

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Chelsea Handford, BA (General Studies), B.Ed., M.Ed.(Counselling)

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

Chelsea works with adults 18+.

About Chelsea Handford

Chelsea has worked as a licensed educator since 2009, working within the elementary school system supporting families who have children with special needs. Through this work, she focused on social-emotional learning and building rapport with students, staff and families.

Chelsea uses a trauma-informed and person-centered approach, with a focus on attachment style and family systems, to create a safe and therapeutic space for clients. Chelsea uses a variety of evidence-based techniques to help clients experiencing grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, and/or relationship challenges.

Chelsea has a specific interest to support individuals (biological, adoptive, LGBTAIA2S+, and foster caregivers) in their pre and post-natal journey, especially those experiencing infertility, miscarriages, post-natal depression/anxiety, and infant loss.

Chelsea also has a keen interest to support individuals that are parents/legal guardians to children with special needs.

Ultimately, Chelsea believes that clients are the experts in their story, and she approaches each relationship with curiosity and respect, so clients feel heard and seen.

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Cassidy Carter, RPC-C

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

Cassidy works with adults 18+.

About Cassidy Carter

Cassidy grew up in Fraser Lake, B.C. and relocated to Prince George in 2015. After several years of working in the beauty industry she found her passion for interacting with and helping others. Driven by the importance of knowing people need to feel validated and understood Cassidy began her journey to becoming a Counsellor. With this desire to help others and connect on a deeper level, Cassidy completed her Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling and is now a Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-C).

Cassidy volunteers as a mentor and group leader with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern BC and developed a multitude of skills that have enhanced her ability as a Counsellor. In addition to volunteering, Cassidy works at Carrier Sekani Family Services as a Family Empowerment Worker, equipping her with experience and training with Indigenous populations, and marginalized families.

With a person-centered and emotion/attachment focused therapy style, Cassidy prioritizes her relationship with the client and values autonomy, safety, and curiosity in sessions. Cassidy is currently completing hours for her practicum and taking on new clients.

Deanna West

Deanna West, BA (Psychology), M.Ed. Counselling (In Progress)

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

Deanna works with ages 13+.

About Deanna West

Deanna completed a Bachelor of Arts from UBC with a major in psychology and minor in sociology. She cultivated her passion for mental health through experience in organizations such as Big Sisters of BC, facilitating programs at community centres for children and families, and working in special education. This led her to Prince George to obtain a Master’s degree in counselling from UNBC, which included a practicum at the Community Counselling Centre. In the midst of completing her thesis, Deanna worked at a local organization providing mental health counselling to children and families.

Deanna has experience counselling adults and children of all ages.  She practices a variety of therapeutic methods from a trauma-informed foundation, such as art therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and narrative therapy. She also has training in Emotion Focused Family Therapy and expressive play therapy. Deanna believes that we all have a fundamental need to be heard and understood, and collaboratively creates a space where clients can feel safe and supported.

Please Note: as Deanna is completing her thesis she is not yet registered as a professional counsellor, and this could affect reimbursement through benefits providers.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Andra Nadeau

Andra Nadeau, MSW (Masters in Social Work)

Counsellor – She/Her/Hers

About Andra Nadeau

After enjoying her time with Arnica Counselling, Andra is moving into a child-focused private practice full-time starting September 2022. Please request services at www.smallmagic.ca

From Our Clients

“Tricia’s experience as a Doula and then as a counsellor gave her a well-rounded understanding of our situation that immediately made me feel at ease.  Tricia helped me understand the complexity of our loss and taught me how to sit with my grief so that I could come to understand and manage it from a place of compassion and patience for myself that I’d never before possessed.”

Anonymous

“I have known Olga Morrow for six years now. From my first meeting with her

I was struck by her emotional bravery and self honesty. Olga has one of the
most generous spirits I have encountered and I believe her clients will grow
in the presence of that spirit. Several years ago Olga asked me if I would be
a reference for her in entering graduate training as a therapist. I’ve been a
therapist for over thirty years, and it was one of the easiest references I’ve
ever written.”
Susan Armstrong

M.Ed. R.C.C.

“Tricia made all the difference in the world”

Former Client


When I first met Olga, what stood out for me was her kindness and gentle nature. Years later, I can say these are still her strongest qualities. I’ve personally had the privilege of learning from her and receiving counselling from her, and now refer women to her to benefit from her trauma informed, anti-oppressive practice.” 

Lynne Stewart

BSW, MEd, RCC

“Her compassion and professional demeanour promote free expression of ideas and emotions in the atmosphere of safety and mutual respect.  Tricia works hard to assist her clients in solving most complex personal issues.

I would strongly recommend Tricia Wright as a therapist for a wide range of mental health problems”

Dmitri Zanozin

MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC