For your mental health and wellness

Meet the Team


Hailey is a goal orientated Registered Clinical Counsellor looking to welcome you to a balanced, healthy, and enjoyable lifestyle. Hailey’s experience is specialized in anxiety, depression, brain injury, relationship strain, trauma and self-development. Collaboratively we choose from the best therapies to meet your specific needs such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Biofeedback.  It can be difficult to navigate life with all the stressors, but a commitment to your wellbeing will eliminate any barriers from having the life you deserve. From your first session, you will be welcomed with a supportive and safe space that fosters your ability to achieve your wellness goals.  Hailey looks forward to meeting you and empowering your journey that sparks empowerment and joy.

Praveen is a committed Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) possessing a broad range of experience in delivering comprehensive counselling and case management services. She is accomplished at fostering meaningful relationships and developing effective short-term and long-term plans to achieve client goals. Praveen is passionate about helping clients identify their core issues and genuinely wants to hear your story. Praveen’s approachable demeanor and natural sense of humor encourages her clients to share their issues and concerns in a safe environment, which helps start the healing or turn-around process. Her expertise covers a wide range of concerns including addictions, surviving violence or abuse, depression, anxiety, co-dependency and grief. Therapeutic approaches utilized are dependent on client needs and are primarily client-centered.


Christina is our newest intern at Next Step and she is offering discounted counselling services! Christina is currently in the second semester of her practicum with Yorkville University and she is eager to take on new clients. We are really excited to have her as part of the team! After graduating with honours from Thompson Rivers University, I am now finishing my Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. My goal is to empower and assist you, in a safe and supportive setting, as you walk through this stage of your journey. I use an individualized approach for each client, drawing upon Person Centered therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and CBT; with a focus on empathy, unconditional acceptance, transparency as well as a broad range of other tools. The battles and challenges which we face, when overcome, are the catalyst for growth -- evolving your mind, body, soul, and spirit. No one knows you better than you, and I believe you have within you the ability and wisdom to overcome life's obstacles. I am there to help guide and encourage you throughout this process. My work experience involves supporting clients with cognitive and physical disabilities, mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries. This has taught me that everyone's story is unique, including their struggles, their strengths, and their pathway to healing. I am passionate about working with children over the age of 10, teens, adults, couples, the elderly and the LGBTQ plus community!

Pricing: $40/individual session and $60/couples session

Kate is passionate about helping people in our community and is dedicated to those who are seeking personal development and change. As a new mother to two little girls, Kate understands the challenges that life can throw our way, and brings that understanding to the counselling setting. Kate is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC), specializing in clinical counselling for individuals, couples and families. She is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults struggling in areas such as stress, anxiety and depression. Kate is a relatable therapist, who uses a client centred approach to help individuals overcome whatever obstacles may be in their way.  She has extensive experience in working with individuals with ASD and other cognitive disorders, with students in the University setting and in a case management role. Kate’s philosophy is based on the idea that through authentic connections and strength based interventions, clients can move forward through their next steps in life. Please get in touch to learn more!   

In any given moment, we
have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

-William Shakespeare

We care for our client's well being


  • Kate Schouten has been an integral support in my son’s life and future and the success he has become!

    We met her in the summer of 2016 and she worked with Jade for 3 years whom has high functioning autism. He was floundering at age 17 as to what to do with life and had many social issues that family can’t always resolve at times.

    Meeting Kate was the biggest blessing any family who has a member dealing with a host of issues could ever pray for!

    She has a fundamental deep natural ability as well as the education to relate to clients and understand their needs, boundaries, abilities and expectations. She has an acute sensitivity to guide them and create confidence in them to get through the hurdles us parents don’t always know how or understand or in what direction to go next.

    My son has a full time job now, he is happy, confident and successful and on his way to full independency which gives me peace of mind for his life and future that I never would of thought possible in 2016.

    Kate was a catalyst in preparing Jade for life which continually has and will always replicate through all areas of his future.
    She will always have a special place in our hearts forever and we are so grateful to have been one of her first families to be involved in her great works.

    Shana Kerr