Get to know our Counsellors
Here you will meet our counsellors from all Many Rivers regional locations.
We understand going to counselling for the first time can be daunting, so we hope an introduction will help ease some anxiety.
As well, you will learn about our counsellor's qualifications, training and areas of speciality.
Nicole Durlinger, M.A.
Nicole has a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Master in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. This was not the path she had initially thought she was on, starting out in the Business Administration Program with the notion of getting into human resources. She quickly realized that helping people reach their potential and find a fulfilled life is what fuels her spirit, switching to Psychology and never looking back!
Nicole has worked with individuals and groups with chronic illness, people with disabilities and individuals facing transitions, trauma and crisis from a variety of cultural backgrounds. She believes in personal choice, empowerment and that each person has their own story. She will give you a good listening to! If there is a strategy in her toolbox that you might find useful and want to learn, then you shall have it. She can offer services in English or German.
Sharon Wade, M.A., PhD
Sharon graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2006, and PhD in Health Sciences from Trident University International in 2011.
Sharon uses a range of treatment modalities, including Solution Focused Therapy and a Holistic model to treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Michael Knutson, BTH, MSCP
Michael has a masters of science in counselling psychology and is skilled in person centred, cognitive behavioural, motivational interviewing, and existential counselling.
Michael had a personal experience of losing a brother to suicide which motivated him to spend a number of years soul searching, travelling, working, and studying throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.
Working with youth and adults from a variety of diverse family and cultural backgrounds has given Michael an in-depth understanding of a broad range of psychological issues and challenges of today. Michael has near 10 years experience working with individuals battling depression, anxiety, addictions, and grief as well as helping people work through trauma and major life transitions. Michael has lived in a number of First Nation communities across northern Canada, counselling in schools, in prisons, and on the streets before moving to Whitehorse where he has been a community outreach counsellor for over 5 years.
Michael recognizes that each individual is uniquely shaped in character by a mixture of diverse experiences, and that each individual has the potential to fully understand and creatively fulfill their unique purpose. He is here to assist people to make healthy choices, to engage in healthy relationships, to clarify gifts and strengths and to engage in life while setting positive goals for the future.
Kim Rogers, BSW, RSW
Kim is a Registered Social Worker educated here in the Yukon. She has almost 20 years of counselling experience in both Ontario and the Yukon, and has been at Many Rivers since 2009. She works with people from a variety of ages and walks of life, and also enjoys designing therapy groups and educational workshops.
Kim has a comforting, down-to-earth and supportive style. Through focusing on healthy coping tools, she can help you find creative and doable ways to respond to your challenges. She believes that the process of change is unique to everyone and creates customized approaches to suit each person’s needs or goals.
Some of the key areas that Kim works with include: relationships and communication, healthy boundaries, self esteem, assertiveness, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, family conflict, health issues, workplace issues, caregiving, aging and many others. Kim is skilled in talk therapy, but also enjoys opportunities to help clients explore personal issues through artwork, music, writing, the outdoors and other expressive activities and tools.
Phill Dupuis, MSW
Phill has worked at Many Rivers since January 2000 providing counseling and support services to the communities along the North highway. He has graduate and undergraduate degrees in Social Work as well as a BA in Psychology. Phill’s previous experience includes youth work, psychiatric rehabilitation, domestic violence, social services including child protection, counseling individuals, couples, and families within a family services agency, and private practice.
Phill’s clinical practice has been shaped by the communities he has served over the past 15 years and he often finds himself moving between supportive counseling, coaching, and therapy. However trauma, extending along the continuum from single event induced PTSD to complex dissociative disorders, is the most common presenting issue. Phill often works within a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic model appreciating the focus on structural change through the resolution of core emotional, cognitive, and behavioural issues in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship. He believes the therapeutic process to be mutually beneficial offering both client and therapist the opportunity experience each other’s vulnerability and therefore the possibility of becoming more fully human.
Narges Pourabdi, Generalist Counsellor.
Narges is a generalist counsellor based in the town of Watson Lake, Yukon working with Children, Youth, and Family. She has worked with Northern B.C. First Nation for nine years as the Community Addiction Counsellor.
Narges is passionate in helping individuals who acknowledge distresses in life and seek help. She views counselling as a collaborative work between client and the counsellor in an effort to unfold the presenting issues.
Larissa Korns, M.A., CCC
Larissa graduated from the University of Victoria with a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. As a former teacher, Larissa recognizes the value in developing self-awareness as a way to overcome life’s challenges and engage in healthy and productive ways of living.
By providing a therapeutic setting of unconditional positive regard and safety, Larissa believes it is possible for individuals to reflect deeply and notice how the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions shape our understanding of self and others. With this knowledge, a person can honor and enhance the skills that they already have and develop new skills to promote positive change.
Larissa enjoys working with youth, families and adults individually and in group settings. Her most-often utilized modality for treatment is cognitive-behavioural therapy and she has a strong interest in trauma-informed care. Whatever brings you in to counselling, Larissa will be there to provide empathetic understanding and help you in healing, creating change and striving to reach your full potential.
Brandon Murdoch, DKATI, MACP
Brandon is a generalist counsellor in Watson Lake sharing her time between Watson Lake and Whitehorse, working with children, youth and adults.
After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Brandon realized art played an important role in her life and this insight led her to become a trained Art Therapist and a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
Brandon has an eclectic approach utilizing various modalities including strength-based, person-centered and psychodynamic therapy. She acknowledges each therapeutic relationship is shaped by an individual’s uniqueness and experiences. She holds a firm belief that every individual has the ability to be creative and that art therapy is a valuable approach for self-expression and increased self-awareness. She also believes every person has the strength to meet their full potential and she aims to support clients in discovering these strengths.
Her out of work time is usually spent with her husband and son playing baseball (until the snowfalls) and building or witnessing the construction of Lego creations.
Jennifer Manning, MSW, RSW
Jennifer is a generalist counsellor who shares her time between the Whitehorse and Watson Lake locations as well as provides itinerant services to Teslin.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006, she moved to the Czech Republic and taught English as a second language to children, youth and adults for six years. Jennifer returned to Newfoundland to pursue a career in social work, she enrolled in the BSW program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed internships at Marguerite’s Place – supportive housing for women and Eastern Health’s Tuckamore Centre – a residential treatment centre for youth with complex mental health issues.
Jennifer graduated from the BSW program in May 2015 and decided to continue her studies at the University of Toronto where she completed practicum work at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) and graduated with an MSW in 2016.
Tanya Kutschera, Certified Counsellor
Tanya is a Certified Counsellor who brings her years of experience as a teacher and facilitator for over twenty years in Canada, US, India, and Costa Rica. She has worked as a Waldorf teacher and studied Art and Movement Therapy. She is certified as a Chopra Center Ayurvedic Health Instructor, and Meditation teacher.
Tanya’s priorities as a counsellor are to support and effect healthy change in the life of her clients. She does this by providing a non-judgemental, safe space conducive to client’s self-exploration of feelings, thoughts and behaviors. She encourages the development of insight/self understanding, supporting the client to actively engage in new healthy positive behaviors. Tanya’s integrated therapy approach is person-centered, holistic, and goal oriented.
Tanya believes that counselling is a collaborative partnership based on trust, respect and equality. She uses a positive approach that focuses on client strengths, supporting the empowerment of the client to work towards their desired goals. Tanya uses a variety of modalities and incorporates journaling, mindfulness, meditation, visualization and art (when appropriate) as tools for accessing self awareness, understanding and insight.
Haley Steinoff, Clinical Intern
Haley is a student in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program through Yorkville University.
Haley graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Thompson Rivers University in 2016. Haley takes a client-centered approach to therapy, which emphasizes an individuals strengths and resources, and helps them to utilize those strengths to alleviate the issues they are struggling with. With this view, Haley collaborates with each individual’s unique experience to provide support, tools and understanding in order to help people engage in a life that they want.
Dianne Cronmiller, Clinical Intern
Dianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing her Masters of Counselling. She has spent the last two years working at a Transition House and in Outreach with women who have been affected by violence. Her background in dance and theatre has made her acutely aware of the healing potential of the body and the life-changing power of authenticity.
Dianne’s warm and genuine presence creates a safe, inclusive space for people of all ages and from all walks of life. She supports clients to examine their experience, connect to their greater purpose and set and attain meaningful goals for fulfillment and well-being. Her approach is very experiential which allows clients to practice the skills they want to take out into the world in the safety of the counselling room first. Dianne believes all people possess inner-strength and the potential to change, and is honoured to join them in their journey of realization.
Lindsay joined our Dawson City office in 2005. His career roots were developed implementing outreach programs for an inner city health centre. Before coming to Many Rivers he spent nine years working with the Baie James Cree in the, semi-isolated First Nation of Nemaska in northern Quebec.
Lindsay’s experience brings with it an element of community development philosophy coupled with sociocultural sensitivity. Lindsay uses various modalities to best serve the needs and requests of the individuals, couples and the broad range of the people and situations he works with in Mayo, Pelly Crossing and in Dawson City.