about us...

The Therapy Place Counselling Group is a growing team of dedicated, skilled, and specialized psychotherapists.  Each of us is a Registered Clinical Counsellor under the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Our comfortable and confidential offices are conveniently located downtown Nanaimo, with free parking, elevator access, and a dedicated waiting room.

Our team:

Jodie Smith RCC MA MEd

Compassionate and Strong


If we are honest with ourselves, life is far more complex and messier than we ever imagined. Counselling is the perfect place to explore the areas in life where you have encountered hurt, disappointment or confusion. I would be delighted to walk alongside you in this counselling journey.


I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and work from a person-centered approach, meaning that I will be present with you and we will discover counselling goals together. I believe all people are equal in value and worth. I have a strong value for empathy and validating human emotions.


On a personal note, I am a part of a family made up of my husband, daughter, and son.  If I were to envision a great weekend, it would be filled with cooking, hosting people for a meal and exploring a new place.  I also love being outdoors, especially hiking, paddling and cycling.

-A designation of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Our team:

Andrew Bertram RCC, MA MFT

Passionate About Inspiring Others


It takes a lot of courage to come to therapy. My desire is to honour that courage in each of my clients. I believe that we all have personal strengths and resiliency that can help us achieve change in our lives. At times we can become stuck and lose track of those resources. I believe the counselling relationship can be a safe and non-judgemental space for clients to rediscover those resources. Beyond those specific goals you bring to therapy, my hope is that you will also discover a greater sense of internal congruence/personal integrity, increased self-esteem, and improved capacity for skillful insight .

I have a BA in Counselling, a MA degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I draw from many different client-centered modalities to help you reach your goals in therapy, including: emotion focused therapy, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Narrative Therapy, psychoeducation, and mindfulness.

-A designation of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Ron Depner RCC, MC

Professional, clinical help for you and the ones you love

Originally from Edmonton, I've had the opportunity to live in a lot of places and am proud to now call Nanaimo home.  And I'm LOVING island life!  I'm married, with two beautiful baby girls.  I'm an outdoorsy guy and also a computer nerd.  ​I love music and am an accomplished cellist. 

I've always been fascinated by.... US!  -We humans are pretty interesting!  We are capable of so much creativity and generosity and beauty and kindness and love.  And we also seem constantly to get tripped up by things that stand in the way of moving forward.  This has always made me curious and eager to study and learn about how we tick and how I can help others (and myself) to tick better!   I love what I do and am passionate about sharing in my clients' journeys of growth!

-A designation of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

The Therapy Place


       GROUP LTD

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#309, 477 Wallace St.

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

V9R 5B7

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