Our Story

Next Step was established in 2015 when Kate decided to break away from traditional therapy and create a path of her own, firstly working with children and teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This was the main focus for years, until it felt like it was time to evolve and expand. From here, it was obvious that the next step was to work towards a counselling practice. After two and a half years of completing a masters degree, Next Step Counselling Group was created. Kate has become a certified RCC therapist, where her and her team specialize in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and stress. We take great pride in the progress and success of our clients, and look forward to helping you work towards your goals!

As the founder of Next Step Counselling Group and a registered clinical counsellor (RCC), I believe an authentic connection between you and your therapist is the foundation for growth. 

I am a new mother to two little girls, and a son, so I understand the challenges that life can throw our way, and I strive to bring that understanding to the counselling setting. I am passionate about helping young people—children, teenagers, and young adults (ages 6 to 20)—develop the skills to navigate life. 

For school-aged children: I help clients navigate high school and all its challenges, including bullying and school performance/test anxiety.

For youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD): I help clients learn the life skills they need to grow into confident, independent adults. 

Kate worked with my son Jade, who has high functioning autism, for three years. At age 17, he was floundering as to what to do with his life and had many social issues. Kate has an acute sensitivity for guiding her clients and instilling confidence in them so they can get over life’s hurdles—especially when us parents don’t always know what direction to go next. My son now has a full-time job. He is happy, confident, and on his way to full independency. This gives me peace of mind for his life and future that I never would have thought possible back in 2016 (before we met Kate).  Kate will always have a special place in our hearts, and we are so grateful to have been one of the first families she counselled.

Shana K.

Specialties – issues:

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Youth issues (school, bullying, anxiety)
  • Identity and self esteem
  • Life skills
  • Transitions

Specialties – modalities:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family systems
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT)

Client focus: children (6+), teenagers, young adults, adults, families

Cost per session: $150/individual | $175/couples | $185/family

Please note: I am not currently accepting new clients.