We welcome everyone.

You may be here searching for support in relation to a current difficult situation or issue, or you may need help with a longstanding difficult problem or pattern. We are an inclusive practice offering shorter and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy for adult individuals, couples and families in Burnaby who are dealing with a wide range of needs including relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, sexuality, and loss.

As experienced therapists, we know the most powerful and constructive aspect of therapy is the safe, non-judgemental reliable therapy relationship that we develop with you. Psychotherapy research also proves that the therapy relationship itself is the most powerful aspect of growth, healing, and change. Your therapist at Holding Space will pay particular attention to your unique experience, perspective and situation in the world, as well as your history, in order to tailor your therapy to be tuned in and useful to you, at a pace that feels right to you.

We have training in various helpful approaches which we use according to what seems best suited to you. At all times, we strive to create and sustain an open, curious, non-judgmental, trustworthy relationship with you. We will invite any and all of your feedback at any time throughout the process. Anything you think or feel is important and will be treated with the utmost respect.

A very important aspect of practice at Holding Space is our mutual commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth, so we bring ourselves to our work with you as fellow travellers who have trained and reflected deeply in order to be knowledgeable and trustworthy resources. Offering huge doses of respect, empathy, and honest feedback we assist you to understand yourself and your relationships at the deepest levels. This includes your emotions, thoughts, and body/nervous system experience. This kind of tuning in can help you in every type of relationship, including with yourself, family, children, partners, friends, and colleagues.

As Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC), Registered  Social Workers (RSW), or Certified Clinical Counsellors (CCC), our services are covered by many plans. Please take a look around our site and reach out as you are ready.

New extended hours, including Friday evenings, and Saturdays

Pino Leporace, M.Ed., M.C.C., CCC
email Pino

Mon 8am - noon

Tues 8am - noon

Fri 4pm-9pm

Sat 8am -5pm

Liz James, M.Ed, RCC
email Liz

Mon 1pm - 8:30pm

Tues 1pm - 8:30pm

Founder, Clinical Supervisor

Mandy Shewfelt, MSW, RSW, RCC
email Mandy

Wed 9:30am - 8:30pm

Thurs 9:30am - 8:30pm

Fri 9:30am - 3:00pm

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
- Pema Chodrön