Meet our Counsellors | Pembina Counselling Centre

Meet our Counsellors

Safety, Acceptance, Respect, Understanding, Encouragement, Empowerment, and Direction. Many of these elements will be on your checklist and presents the experience you want from counselling.

We strive together as trained clinicians to leave you with this kind of experience. For each of us it is not just a job, but a privilege to get to know you and to journey with you. Everyone is coming from their unique situation in life and so you will all have your own specific needs. Counsellors have to get to know each client individually to relate effectively to your purposes for seeking help. So we will collaborate together with you to explore your concerns. Whether it is to process aspects of your life in order to make sense of what you are going through, to find hope again, gain direction, or find support to encourage you along the way. This matches the life mission which each of us as counsellors with Pembina Counselling Centre aspires to.

Angela Lussier

Angela Lussier

M.A. Counselling

Individual Therapy

Available in Morden

Angela holds a Masters degree in Counselling. Following her education, she worked as a Teaching Assistant to help train other counsellors with the counselling faculty at Providence Seminary. During this time she also maintained a practice. Angela comes highly recommended by her clinical colleagues for her ability to connect well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Angela has had a lifelong interest in health and healing and has always enjoyed listening to people share their own unique story. Foundational to her work is the belief in the resiliency of the human spirit. As a cancer survivor, Angela brings an acute understanding of pain as well as a hopeful view of the future. She is genuine, compassionate and provides a safe space to explore hard things.

Her approach to therapy is holistic and collaborative, she believes in working together to help clients discover new ways to overcome the struggles they face. Angela makes it her goal to understand each individual from their frame of reference and provides encouragement, support and thoughtful insight. She provides individual therapy to youth and adults and has experience working with a range of issues such as Anxiety/ Depression, Relationship Issues, Grief, Trauma, Anger Management, Life transitions, Chronic Pain or Illness and Low Self Esteem and Body Image Issues.

Angela considers it a privilege to journey with those who are struggling and has worked in partnership with Pembina Counselling Centre since June 2012.

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Brent Thiessen

Brent Thiessen

M.A. Counselling

Individual, Couples, Family Therapy

Available in Morden and Winkler

Brent is new to Pembina Counselling Centre and he is excited to serve the Winkler area with his wife once again, after recently moving from Alberta where he attended university. Brent spent much of his childhood living at Winkler Bible Camp and his adolescent and young adult years working there, where he first learned of his love for building into other’s lives. This eventually led to a passion for psychology completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Alberta, all leading to the completion of his Master of Arts in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary combining his love of psychology, conversation, and helping others.

Brent takes a balanced approach to counselling that acknowledges the entirety of the person: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual domains. Everybody deserves to experience care and support. Brent’s counselling philosophy centres on creating a supportive and safe relationship that focuses on listening, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings in collaboration with relevant counselling techniques, fostering personal growth and the tools needed to manage your current problem. This process will hopefully promote future independence that allows you to manage future problems within your own community of support.

Although Brent is early in his counselling career, his clinical and education experience is diverse. Areas of experience include grief, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, human development, trauma, chronic pain, spiritual well-being, attachment, life transitions, parenting, family, marriage and couples. Brent wants to provide a helping hand through your difficult time, to help you heal and grow through your experience.

Christine Elias

Christine Elias

M.A. Counselling

Individual and Family Therapy

Available in Morden and Winkler

Christine has been counselling at Pembina Counselling Centre since 2018. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling. Christine is a wife and mother of four, who has made her home in this community for more than twenty years.

As a teenager and young adult, Christine had always felt pulled in the direction of the social sciences and imagined that one day she would become a trained helper and person who encourages. Throughout her life, Christine has often found herself on the receiving end of other people’s personal stories. It is these experiences and Christine’s love for people that have developed into her passion for accompanying others as they work through life’s challenges. Christine has been described as a good listener, who is kind, caring, and non-judgemental.

Christine believes in working together with her clients; providing them with a safe place, a fresh perspective, practical tools and strategies, and support. Christine finds it a privilege to collaborate with her clients as they make changes and work towards their personal goals.

Christine approaches her work as a counsellor with a humble confidence. A confidence that what she has learned and experienced through her own life experiences and through her education at Providence, is valuable and has equipped her to be helpful to others. And the humility to hold loosely what she thinks she knows; with the recognition that she will continue to learn from those with whom she journeys.

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Paul Penner

Paul Penner

M.A. Counselling, CPCS

Individual, Couples, Marriage, Family and EMI Therapy

Currently UNAVAILBLE until Oct 13, 2020

Paul has been practicing as a full time professional counsellor since 1986 and moved to Morden in 1997 to continue counselling with Pembina Counselling Centre as Executive Director. He has since changed roles as our Clinical Director. Training at Grace Seminary, IN and Providence Seminary (formerly Winnipeg Theological Seminary, MB), provides a view of people, problems, and solutions that offers hope to all, no matter the situation. His aspiration and personal mission is to value people investing his time, energy and resources in order to awaken their capacities, to enrich what has been awakened, and to  empower  people toward their potential, as far as he has a role in doing so.

Over the years, Paul has sought training that equips him to work with a broad range of problems. Some examples include: issues of addiction; mood disorders including depression, anxiety and anger; parenting concerns; spiritual issues; marital and family problems; communication; crisis intervention; critical incident stress management; eating disorders; grieving; issues of abuse, Eye Movement Integration Therapy and more.  Paul finds it a great privilege to be entrusted with the concerns of clients and to connect & ally with them in their efforts to get help.

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