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.
Hannah Zimmering, M.A.
Hannah completed her Masters in Counselling from the University of Calgary. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Dalhousie University and an Addictions Counselling Skills Certificate from Vancouver Community College. Hannah was born outside of the Yukon and has lived across Canada, however, since 2009 she has considered the Yukon her home and community.
Hannah views counselling as a collaborative conversation intended to uncover the nature and impact of problems that a person is experiencing. Hannah's approach emphasizes building on skills and resources that a person already possesses, in order to help them take back their lives from problems. Through the process of counselling, Hannah hopes to develop an understanding of who the person is outside of the influence of the problem, and learn about what they want from life, relationships, what they value, and what is important to them. She believes that the each person is the expert of their own experience and takes a client-centered approach to working with individuals. She is a strong advocate for social justice and applies this framework to her counselling approach. She has received training in Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy and integrates this into her work. Additionally, Hannah draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy in her work.
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.
Kate Odgers, RSW, MSW
Kate is a social worker from Australia who graduated with a Master of Social work from Griffith University. Kate has worked in remote communities in Central Australia specifically with women and children experiencing violence. As well developing group programs for individuals experiencing and living with anxiety and depression. Kate focuses on utilizing her background in narrative therapy, art therapy and works from strength based and solution focused model of practice.
Kate appreciates the need to provide a safe space for any individual, group, family or couple wanting to share their story. Working in the counselling profession means walking beside a person on their journey to healing and recover.
Kate has been travelling through Central and South America before settling in Canada to enjoy some amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery and hockey. She has recently joined our team in the Watson Lake office and is happy to welcome anyone who wants to drop by and say hello!
Elisabeth (Liz) Janus BSW M.Ed.
Liz obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) in the Yukon in 2006 and then went on to pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed. counselling) at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), graduating in December, 2017.
Liz is a returning long-time Yukoner having moved here in 1985 from Winnipeg. She spent many years employed with YG where she was involved in criminal justice work. This gave her a solid grounding in domestic violence, addiction, and trauma-related issues. Realizing she spent increasing amounts of time counselling clients, she felt the need to build her skills in this area.
Liz understands her clients' need to be truly heard, tell their stories, and feel supported in their decisions. Focusing on client story, strengths, and narrative is the basis of her work. She feels strongly that public education in the areas of trauma, victimization, and strengths are important issues
and looks forward to assisting with public workshops as well as providing individual counselling sessions.
Liz will spend her time between Whitehorse and Watson Lake offices, and looks forward to meeting new clients in both places!
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.
Hailey Birnie, Clinical Intern
Hailey is a student in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program through Yorkville University.
With a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and continuous education in film, Hailey has worked with a variety of people, cultures, and backgrounds to aid in self-discovery, creativity, empathy, and understanding. Hailey values the opportunity for people to feel understood and the empowerment that can come with people being able to tell their story.