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Meet Our Team!

We’re so excited for you to meet the members of our team! Each person has been chosen because of their specific skills, perspectives, specializations, and unique lived experience. We are far from your “cookie-cutter” group of therapists. Each of us believes in providing a safe, inclusive and compassionate environment for you to begin your therapy journey. We offer expertise in anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic illness/pain, trauma, victims of crimes, LGBTQ2IA+, BIPOC and minority/immigrant identity communities, and more. 

Our therapists are versed in various therapeutic methods such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, Person-Centred/Rogerian, ACT, etc. Please see our therapists’ profiles to learn more about their specialties. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Dee Gill, Founder & Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

With over 35 year’s experience, Dee has worked with adults and youth in overcoming anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, major life transitions, and more. Specializing in LGBTQ2IA+ and BIPOC populations, Dee approaches clients with a sense of understanding and caring to create a safe space for learning and growth. A few of her favourite things are hiking, road biking, tattoos, and travelling for unexpected adventures!

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Sara Ahmadian, Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

Coming from an immigrant family background herself, Sara specializes in working with clients through issues around identity and belonging and immigrant/racial identity. Sara offers counselling in both English and Farsi. Her passion is working with clients with chronic pain/illness to help them accept where they are at so they can instead focus on taking actions that improve their quality of life. In her downtime, you can find Sara playing video games (especially RPGs) to relax!

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Mackenzie Stanke, (Qualifying) Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

A recent graduate of Yorkville University, Mackenzie works with clients with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and those going through major life transitions. She uses CBT, Psychodynamic and Person Centered/Rogerian methods to create a safe space for clients to express themselves and heal. In her free time, Mackenzie can be found hunting for new home décor (or rearranging what she already has), cooking, and going on long walks with her partner and her dog Lexi. 

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Tracey Dyer, Intern Therapist* (she/her)

Tracey got her Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University and is currently working towards her Master's in Clinical Counselling from Yorkville University. With specializations in Trauma and Crime Victims, Tracey brings a unique niche to the Searchlight Counselling team. In her own life, Tracey practices mindfulness as a way to relax and center herself daily. She also enjoys painting, photography, reading, and canoeing, and can often be found walking her two black labs.

*An Intern Therapist is someone finishing their final stages of schooling and practicum hours. While they develop their skills they are under the supervision of an experienced, registered therapist who they meet with regularly to discuss strategies and techniques to ensure they are using the best tools to support clients. For clients, Intern Therapists mean a more affordable option for therapy, with the added benefit of having an experienced therapist’s oversight and collaboration. 

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Searchlight Counselling provides in-person and virtual therapy for individuals and couples in Burnaby, Vancouver, and across British Columbia. Specializing in BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA+.