Carmen Ostrander

Narrative Therapist

An Australian Narrative & Expressive Arts Therapist currently based in Vancouver, Carmen brings a long history of engagement in the arts and community cultural development to bear in her work, in conjunction with a commitment to practices which support social justice and preferred ways of being, (especially in the arts, Queer and gender diverse communities). You’ll find her post-modern non-pathologising approach in independent practice, at Qmunity providing narrative consultation and peer supervision, supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors, and behind the scenes at one of Vancouver’s oldest artist run collectives, Gallery Gachet.

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Christina Bialik

Canadian Certified Counsellor


Ishtar Beck

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Ishtar is an East Van resident, mama, dancer, author, speaker, and practitioner of brief counselling as well as depth psychotherapy. In counselling she assists people in actively creating conditions so they may come to feel more at home in their lives and relationships. Ishtar’s holistic approach and quirky sense of humour inform both her professional and personal life. Offering individuals, couples, families, and groups a safe space for self-reflection, empowerment, meaning-making, and healing has been her calling for the past fifteen years.  Part of her counselling practice is dedicated to supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors.


Elizabeth de Balasi

Registered Clinical Counsellor

A long-standing inclination to question dominant ideas and resist unjust social norms has led Elizabeth to the practice of collaborative counselling. Parenting has taught her about listening at the deepest and most subtle levels. Working in collaboration with clients Elizabeth strives to create a safe, non-judgmental space that invites reflection on strengths, challenges, barriers, and ways of healing. Elizabeth is trained in a range of collaborative approaches and dedicates part of her practice to supporting Ciel’s intern counsellors.