Clinical Counselling

Peach Door Counselling

Who can benefit from Counselling?

Everyone ready to grow can benefit from counselling!

Richelle offers Individual Therapy, Youth Counselling, Life Coaching, and is working on organizing retreats in the future! She also offers a great service called Walk and Talk therapy, which you can find out more about on her website.

Richelle Johnston, RCC

Richelle offers Registered Clinical Counselling through her private practice Peach Door Counselling. She is available at the clinic on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. 

Richelle offers a professional, safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space to share struggles, worries, and adversities, to express emotions, and to be heard. She works together with her clients to help identify their thought and behaviour patterns, set goals, learn strategies and coping skills, and make lasting changes towards a fulfilling and balanced life, designed by the client.

She works from a person-centred and strength-based lens, and while she tends to work from an eclectic and integrative approach in helping clients in a way that best suits their needs, she is trained in more specific therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy (NT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

You can learn more about Richelle and the services she provides by clicking the link below.

Brittany MacCuspic, RSW

Hailing from a small coastal community in northern Nova Scotia Brittany (she/her) is a queer, trauma-informed registered social worker working in Nakusp, BC. She draws from a variety of compassion-based and somatic practices, utilizing a bottom-up approach to therapy that is strengths-based and forward facing. As a Registered Social Worker, Brittany is dedicated to helping folx overcome their personal and relational challenges. With a combination of educational and lived experience in the field, she has developed a deep understanding of the complexities of human behaviour and the factors that contribute to emotional distress.

Her approach to counselling is client-centred and solution-focused, which means that she prioritizes the individual needs and goals of each person she works with. Brittany prides herself on meeting all clients - regardless of presenting problem, background, or experience- where they are, on the day of the session. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or any other mental health concern, she is here to support you in finding the tools and strategies that will help you achieve greater balance and well-being.

Brittany began her educational journey at Cape Breton University where she studied Sports and Human Kinetics, she has a Massage Therapy diploma, studied at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and has completed her Yoga Teacher Training. Brittany holds a degree in Social Work from The University of British Columbia. As a Social Worker, her ideas and values are rooted in evidence-based therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based approaches. She is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field and regularly participates in workshops to deepen her knowledge and skills.

Above all, Brittany believes in the power of human connection and the importance of creating a safe, non-judgmental space where her clients can feel safe, seen, heard, and understood. If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and growth, Brittany is here to walk alongside you on your journey.

Brittany joined the Nakusp community in November 2022. She is thrilled to be part of the team at Peach Door Counselling and looks forward to learning more about YOU and how she can help!

Madalyn Maxinuk, MA, RCC

A true “local,” Madalyn (she/her) has lived in the Slocan Valley for most of her life and is thrilled to be supporting mental health needs in her home community. Madalyn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and associate at Peach Door Counselling. She collaborates with her clients to navigate the adversities in their lives and helps them feel ready and capable to move toward growth and healing. Maddy believes that each person has the innate ability to “show up” for their mental health and overall well-being. In her role as counsellor, Madalyn hopes to provide a warm environment by listening empathetically, understanding her clients’ concerns, and guiding them towards solutions that utilize their innate strengths. She strives to ensure her clients feel heard, safe, and supported.

Madalyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. Throughout her clinical practicum, Maddy worked with a school-based team to support youth with concerns of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Along with this, she has worked with adult clients who have neuro-diverse abilities experiencing general mental health concerns.

Madalyn has learned that connectivity and a sense of community are central to helping individuals better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Because of this, she believes the therapeutic relationship is crucial to having a successful counselling experience and achieving counselling goals and desired outcomes. She pays great attention to each client-counsellor interaction, striving for empathy, compassion, flexibility, and clinical guidance in each connection she makes.

As Madalyn’s client, you will be guided toward your healing journey with a soft, confident approach. Madalyn works from a client-centred, trauma-informed perspective. Through this, she listens to your story and becomes aware of your level of safety and trust during sessions, never pushing you beyond your therapeutic limits. The theoretical orientations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT) are implemented to support you in challenging intrusive thoughts, navigating and taming feelings, and changing behaviours that may be causing you significant distress. She also implements mindfulness skills and techniques to increase your present-moment awareness, free you of self-judgements, and move you towards your individualized treatment goals. Along the way, Madalyn works collaboratively with you to help add skills to your wellness toolbox.

Madalyn’s areas of practice include anxiety, depression, youth and adolescent issues, self-esteem, and trauma. She is dedicated to professional growth and continuing education, and is working towards her EMDR training to bring more to her sessions with you!