Confidential Counselling for Individuals and Couples

It’s all about renewal. All of us have life crises. All of us experience some level of depression, anxiety, low esteem or grief at some time. Most of us struggle with the meaning and purpose of life. It is not easy being a thinking, feeling, spiritual creature. Mental health issues deserve treatment, just as you would see a doctor for a physical health issue. You have made a first step toward renewing balance and stewardship of your life.

My promise is to be there with you and for you. I believe that everyone has the capacity for renewal within them. My role is to help you find your healing resources, make the changes you want to make and find your way through life crises.

Renewal Counselling has offices in Gibsons (Sunshine Coast) and Surrey. Contact Us

counselling competencies and approach


  • Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem
  • Substance and behavioural addictions
  • Specialization in internet and digital dependencies
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships (couples counselling)
  • Acute stress, life crisis
  • Search for meaning

I use a use several counselling approaches. Depending on the client’s needs, I may employ elements of:

  • Internal Family Systems (“parts” therapy): this approach restores balance to the many parts that comprise our personality
  • motivational enhancement therapy (primarily for addictions)
  • cognitive behavioural therapy (usually in combination with other approaches)
  • Gestalt therapy (usually to augment IFS)
  • mindfulness practice
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (assists couples to renew trust and connection)

My person-centred use of these therapies recognizes that humans are thinking, feeling, spiritual, social and political beings. Our lives matter. The world we live in shapes us.

About Michael

I began my working life as a forester. I was driven by love of planet and a dream of managing healthy forest landscapes. I became discouraged by the way forests were mismanaged. My fascination with people and cultures led me to a Doctorate in Religious and Cross-cultural Studies and a teaching/research career. I then combined those two passions in a career as a rural community development consultant, enabling me to live in remote communities and experience the thrills of nature daily.

When I asked myself, “What do I want to do with the remainder of my working life,” the answer was obvious. I want to help people and planet, drawing on a lifetime of varied experience and exposure to people from all walks of life. I believe that renewal and wholeness involve self-understanding, connecting to others and appreciation of nature and our humanity. In addition to this counselling practice, I created the Centre for Healthy Internet Use. Excessive time spent in virtual worlds weakens connections with people and the natural world from which we came. There is growing evidence for what we have known all along, exposure to natural settings reduces stress and restores clear thinking. My practice combines passions for people and planet.

contact and Fees

Renewal Counselling provides direct counselling on the Sunshine Coast and in Surrey. We provide tele-counselling using a secure platform designed for health care practice.

Gibsons address: 441 Marine Drive / Surrey address: 8388 128th Street #205

Phone: 778 508-9559 (British Columbia)

individual Sessions – 50 minutes – fee $90

couples counselling sessions – 70 minutes – Fee $110

Renewal Counselling is affiliated with Moving Forward Family Services, through which we offer a low fee option ($50) for those whose circumstances prevent them from paying full fees.

Payments may be made via PayPal or credit card on this website, by e-transfer to or by credit card or cheque at the time of the appointment. A fee may be charged for appointments that are not cancelled 24 hours in advance.

To book an appointment, please phone or email Michael to set a time for a free consultation. During that call, we will determine if I am an appropriate counsellor for your needs and arrange an appointment date.

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