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
Christy empowers individuals, couples, and families to overcome obstacles to improve their lives. She believes each person has the skills and resources to realize personal growth throughout their lifespan. Whether working with children to learn different skills, adolescents feeling depressed and angry, or adults feeling stuck in their relationship, she provides a safe and confidential setting to feel understood.
The chance to talk with a skilled professional can help you gain the clarity you need to manage your life more effectively. Together you will get to the core issue and develop a compassionate and realistic plan that is unique to you.
Christy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor #16969 with an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology. She has training in CBT, ACT, positive psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, special education teaching, and career counselling; Gottman Levels 1 and 2, and Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.
When she isn't working she loves reading, hiking, kayaking, being with family, 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.