Confidential Counselling for Individuals and Couples

I commend you for seeking counselling. 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.

Successful counselling comes from the quality of the relationship built between counsellor and client: the C-C relationship. This is a relationship between equals exploring the unique world of the client. I believe that everyone has the capacity for healing within them. My job is to help you find your resources and achieve goals that you set.

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
  • Search for meaning

I do not depend on a particular therapeutic method. Counselling is an engagement between two people. Depending on the client’s needs, I may employ elements of:

  • motivational enhancement therapy
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • existential and Gestalt therapies
  • mindfulness practice
  • narrative therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Family systems and attachment theory

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. I will help you to understand that you are not the problem. The problem is the problem.

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 Skype, Zoom or FaceTime to anywhere in Canada.

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 online or in-person at appointments. A fee may be charged for appointments that are not cancelled 24 hours in advance.

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.

To book an appointment, please phone or email Michael to set a time for a free, 20-minute consultation. During that call, we will determine if I am an appropriate counsellor for your needs and arrange an appointment date.

Online Counselling Payment via PayPal

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