David Segal, MA, RCC : Co-founder
David Segal has been involved in providing therapeutic nature-based counselling for children, youth and families for over 15 years. He is deeply passionate about the natural world and how human-nature relationships influence our collective and individual well-being. He thoroughly enjoys offering presentations and workshops on cultivating health through contact with nature and has been contributing to the emerging field of Eco-Therapy through his work as a clinical counsellor serving youth and families in the Greater Victoria area. He completed a Masters degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
When not counselling, he loves playing sports, exploring forests, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his family.
Eidel, Nova Scotia Duck Toller, Co-facilitator
Eidel is the newest member to the Human-Nature team and brings with her an insatiable joy for life and contagious love for the present moment, sticks, and running in the forest. Eidel loves to join Dave on his adventures with clients.
Katy Rose, MA, RCC: Co-founder
For over 10 years Katy has been discovering the joys of experiential and nature-based approaches to working with children, youth and families for the promotion of healing and growth. Katy holds a deep trust in the healing power of connection with the non-human natural world, and believes that each individual is born with an innate drive and capacity towards wholeness and health. Katy completed a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, with a specialization in Wilderness Therapy, from Naropa University in Colorado.
Katy has completed a two-year in-depth training in Somatic Transformation – a model of healing trauma through attending to the wisdom of the body. This model continues to guide Katy’s work through a deeper understanding of the role that attachment and neuro-biology plays in our emotional and behavioral responses to stressful experiences. Since landing in Victoria 10 years ago Katy has been busy developing innovative and accessible programming for families and youth including the Caring for Communities program in Sooke, the Family Roots adventure therapy program (now going on its 10th year), and a variety of nature-based therapy groups aimed at addressing the pervasive struggles of anxiety and stress. Katy loves to share her passion for the exciting fields of adventure therapy and ecotherapy with others, and provides trainings on these topics in the hopes of encouraging other counsellors and youth workers to step beyond the office walls. Katy is particularly interested in exploring how adventure, experiential learning, and deep nature connection can be a powerful tool for family healing.
Katy has been mostly recently training in the fine art of child rearing, and is constantly amazed by the lessons, challenges and gifts she receives on a daily basis from her precious little ones. Katy is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors.
Human-Nature Associate Counsellors:
Sarah Frizelle, MA, RCC
Sarah is a registered clinical counsellor who offers holistic counselling to individuals, couples & families. She supports change and growth through therapeutic processes that attend to mind, body, emotions and spirit. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, family conflict and relationship issues.
In addition to office based sessions, Sarah offers nature-based counselling which blends her experience as a therapist with her 20 year experience as a wilderness guide and her practice of meditation and training in mindfulness-based stress reduction with her work as an educator. Nature-based counselling helps cultivate awareness as individuals get their bearings in relationship to themselves, their sense of place in the world and their relationship with others. This approach supports experiences with nature and personal explorations of self that can lead to insight, growth and healing.
As a counsellor, Sarah guides with sensitivity and compassion, with the knowledge that a good therapeutic relationship can be like a compass in hand when feeling lost or disoriented – and can be one that supports a process of exploration and discovery. Sarah holds masters degrees in education and psychology and is in private practice in Victoria, BC.
Sean Frey, CCC, RP(Q)
Sean is a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist, a certified counselor and a gestalt therapist, trained at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. He holds a BFA in Theatre and Development from Concordia University, and works as a visual and performing artist and as a community arts facilitator. In both his therapy and arts practices, Sean uses curiosity, creativity and humour as vehicles to deepen the exploration of the here and now.
Sean’s own healing journey has included several paths – an exploration of shamanism and bodywork, which eventually led him to Gestalt and Nature-based Therapy. He believes that both approaches are effective in developing stronger connections to the self, others, life and the mystery that lives between.
Sean has taught at the Expressive Arts School and the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. He has ran ongoing process groups with Sea Change Therapy Collective and is very excited to be a part of nature-based therapy groups with Human Nature Counselling.
Autumn Garnett, MA, RCC
Autumn is a registered clinical counsellor who offers counselling to children, youth, families, and couples. Autumn holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. She is passionate about yoga and nature, allowing her to remain rooted in a mindful and systemic lens while working with her clients. Autumn has experience supporting clients within several systems in the Victoria community including Ledger House, USTAT, Discovery Youth & Family Services, school district 61, and several community agencies. From this work, she has come to learn that individuals often already have many of the resources they need to make the changes they seek. With a strong belief in the innate power that connecting with the natural world can have on our well-being, Autumn guides others to explore their emotional, spiritual, social, and physical selves in natural settings, while encouraging them to gain awareness of their unique inner resources. Autumn is especially interested in supporting her clients in topics of anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, life transitions, family conflict, and relationship issues.
Autumn has a particular interest in group psychotherapy and has contributed to research in this area. She has facilitated multiple group programs for children, youth, and families, including a nature-based group for youth who want to explore their relationship with anxiety.
Scott Kouri, MA, RCC, Phd (candidate)
My name is Scott Kouri and I am a third generation Lebanese-English Canadian living on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples. For me, the connection between a person’s inner world, culture, and environment are important. Throughout my life, I have found that these connections have helped guide my counselling work and my own personal growth. I have been working as a counsellor for 10 years and have a private practice in Victoria called Scott Kouri Counselling and Psychotherapy. To learn more about my approach and practice you can visit scottkouri.com. I am also a PhD student in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and teach at both UVic and Camosun.
My relationship to outdoor-based therapy began on a two week canoe trip I helped facilitate with Outward Bound. Fifteen young men, a couple of guides and myself traveled the length of the Southern Gulf Islands and the experience changed how I saw therapy. I realized that therapy outdoors opened a multitude of new avenues for thought and behaviour in the people I was working with. Since then I have been developing my outdoor skill set and immersing myself in my own wilderness-based growth.
I believe that every person will have their own path to well being and see my role as working with people on their own goals. Personal growth often times means facing our difficulties and learning from them. Sometimes this means overcoming obstacles through practical and goal oriented work, and sometimes this means sitting with our challenges and making sense of them in the broader unfolding of our lives. In most cases, growth, happiness, and a sense of freedom come with a more full engagement in our own lives and relationships. I believe that through counselling we can learn how our challenges can be turned into unique strengths.
Robin Fagnan, Child and Youth Support Worker
Robin is our new Child and Youth Support Worker. He brings a depth of experience based in three decades of work in areas such as youth justice, experiential education, adventure-based learning, professional outdoor guiding, counselling, extensive work with people of many abilities and a deep LOVE of the natural world.
Robin has come to see that connection is the basic recipe for supporting people in re-framing life’s challenges into opportunities for growth. Connection on the micro scale between people and on the macro scale with the natural world and her capacity for connecting to something bigger than ourselves.
Robin has a practical approach centered on both the efficacy of nature connection and developing present moment awareness to develop practical tools. On the foundation of developing therapeutic rapport he focuses on the simplest ways of developing and maintaining momentum for individuals to move forward. (And, FUN is an integral part of the process too!!)
Sarah Duncan, MA Candidate, Practicum Student (through April 2018)
Sarah has been working as a counsellor with youth and families for the past 10 years in a variety of systems within the Cowichan Valley including, non-profit services, SD 79 Cowichan Valley school district, and VIHA Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services. Sarah has facilitated and co-facilitated many groups using art, nature, and experiential approaches with youth and adults supporting people through such things as; anxiety, parenting issues, sadness, youth LGBTQ and diversity issues, and substance use issues. As an avid outdoors woman, Sarah understands how we, as humans, are not separate from nature but one with nature and values the infinite healing that can be done while engaged in a natural setting, be it out on a mountain side, floating on the ocean in a kayak or sitting in a favorite spot under a tree somewhere. Sarah is excited to be offering group support and counselling services with Human-Nature Counselling during her master’s degree internship.
Nevin Harper, PhD, Research Associate
Dr. Nevin Harper is the National Research Coordinator for Outward Bound Canada and Chairs the organization’s Research Advisory Committee. He has worked as a wilderness guide, youth counselor and outdoor skills instructor with a wide range of populations both in Canada and abroad for more than 20 years. As an Associate Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care in Victoria, Nevin teaches group facilitation and process skills, including the use of outdoor and experiential methods. His research is in the areas of outdoor approaches to human development.