During our 35 year friendship we have navigated the ups and downs of high-school, university, marriages, and parenting.
We are both passionate about helping youth move towards independence, setting goals, and achieving their dreams.
Both professionally and personally, we have supported thousands of students navigate the post-secondary transition to colleges, universities, skilled-trades programs, and GAP years.
Christy de Bulnes
Is a dynamic Registered Clinical Counsellor (16969) who empowers individuals, couples, and families to overcome obstacles to improve their lives. She believes her extensive experience working with children and adolescents, in various educational settings, brings her a broad perspective of the challenges faced by individuals and families in both school and at home. Christy holds an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology-Vocational Rehabilitation, a B.A. in Psychology, a certificate in special education, and a certificate in career counselling.
Christy works from a primarily client-centered approach and has experience working with people who have depression, anxiety, stress management, divorce/separation, parenting challenges, and relationship difficulties. By using evidence-based interventions she combines her creativity and warmth to help her clients move towards their therapeutic goals. Christy believes that therapy is meant to be a healing experience, which requires understanding, empathy, attention, acceptance and encouragement.
When she isn't working she loves hiking, cycling, kayaking, and walking her chocolate lab Coco throughout the Fraser Valley region.
For many years, Michelle Robertson has been working with students and parents one-on-one, and in workshop settings, helping them to create a transition strategy for life after high school. By providing a structured framework and the freedom to explore a wide variety of post-secondary opportunities, students develop the confidence to set and achieve their goals.
As an Educational Guidance Counsellor, specializing in post-secondary & educational planning, Michelle is passionate about empowering young adults. She guides them through the complicated process of post-secondary planning with warmth, creative-thinking and a solution-oriented attitude. She creates an open environment where her clients receive support and expertise in finding the school, program or path that is the best fit for them.
Michelle has spent years working with individual post-secondary institutions researching all aspects of admissions and course planning. She has attended numerous university training and information sessions and has also organized post-secondary information events. Michelle holds a degree from the University of British Columbia in Family and Nutritional Studies and has owned and operated businesses that support both youth and families as well as develop community relationships. When she isn’t working you’ll find Michelle planning a dinner party for her friends and family, travelling through wine-country, or on the beach at her summer cabin with a stack of books.
Julia graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Political Science and minor in History. Throughout her degree, Julia worked as a student ambassador to a diverse group of students and students with a range of learning abilities. She acted as a peer mentor, offering support and guidance to students' adjustments to university.
At university, Julia completed exchange study programs in Paris and in Belgium. She subsequently worked in Belgium as a researcher for a non-profit organization dedicated to combating human trafficking. In her last year of her studies, she worked as a Foreign and Defence Policy Intern at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. She recently completed an internship for the United Nations in the Department of Peacekeeping. Her diverse work experiences were writing-intensive focusing on research papers, government speeches and briefings, written in French and in English.
Julia has joined Together Counselling and Educational Guidance as an Academic Coach. She is excited to support students to develop and meet short-term goals, while aspiring to their future destination. Her strong background in academic writing, executive functioning skills, and global experience makes her a welcome addition to our team.
In her spare time you will find Julia reading thriller novels, watching sunsets at the beach, and attempting to learn how to golf.