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Counselling practice in Coquitlam empowering children, teens,
adults and families. 

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  • Tantrums / meltdowns

  • Anxiety / worries

  • ADHD / ADD

  • Autism

  • Emotional dysregulation 

  • Anger issues and aggression

  • Bullying / friendship / social difficulties

  • Oppositional behaviour

  • Giftedness

  • Trauma, grief and loss

  • Sexual / physical / emotional abuse

  • Witnessing domestic violence

  • Transitions (starting Kindergarten, having a new sibling, moving, etc.)

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  • Anxiety / worries

  • Aggressive / impulsive behaviour

  • School refusal

  • Bullying

  • Social difficulties


  • Defiant behaviour

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Self-harm/suicidality

  • Depression

  • Gender identity and sexual orientation

  • Transitions (e.g. starting high school, moving, change in sports, or living arrangements, etc.)

  • Traumatic events (e.g. sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief, death in the family, etc.)

  • Stress and overwhelm

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship issues

  • Career issues

  • Identity 

  • Independence

  • Anger management

  • Relationship issues 

  • Adjustment to life events

  • Trauma, grief and loss

  • Managing mental health challenges

  • The tools you need to help your child thrive

  • Decrease your frustration/yell less

  • Feel more confident as a parent or caregiver

  • Improve family communication

  • Re-build relationships with your teens

  • Review household rules and limits

  • Help your family heal

  • Stress management

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  • Co-parenting counselling

  • Collaborative Divorce

  • Hear of the Child Reports

  • Child and therapy

  • Divorce / Parent coaching

  • Child Specialist

  • Parenting Plans

Mother and Daughter Love

We offer support and advocacy through participation in:

  • Integrated Case Management meetings

  • Family group conferences

  • School meetings (to support IEPs)

  • Workshops for general public and professionals

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Services available in English, Spanish, Farsi, Mandarin and Punjabi

We Aim to Offer Accessible and Affordable Counselling

You can book your appointment online, do sessions in-person, connect through video counselling and access our services through:

  • Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP)

  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

  • MCFD Autism Funding

  • ICBC clients

Extended Health Benefits Plans might cover our fees. Please confirm your coverage with your insurance company.

We are located at 240-3020 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam, BC, Canada, V3B 6B4

Located within Lincoln Centre, 2 blocks away from Coquitlam Centre. Parking is free outside the mall and office is wheelchair accessible.

Meet Our Staff

Gisella La Madrid, Child and Family Counsellor, Child Specialist & Divorce Coach, Clinical Director Strong Ties Counselling

Gisella La Madrid


Child & Family Counsellor
Child Specialist & Divorce Coach
Clinical Director and Supervisor

Stephaie Albanese, Individual, Child and Family Counsellor, Counselling Associate Strong Ties Counselling

Stephanie Albanese


Individual, Child & Family Counsellor

Robert Grant, Individual, Child and Family Counsellor, Counselling Associate Strong Ties Counselling

Robert Grant


Individual, Child & Family Counsellor


Mindy Zhong


Individual, Child & Family Counsellor

Mai Naji, Individual, Child and Family Counsellor, Counselling Associate Strong Ties Counselling

Mai Naji


Individual, Child & Family Counsellor

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Child & Family Counsellor

Sandra Filippelli, Child and Family Junior Associate, Strong Ties Counselling

Sandra Filippelli


Individual, Child & Family Counsellor

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Candice Estrañero


Child & Family Counsellor

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Simi Mann

MA (Candidate)

Child & Family Counsellor

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Hardeep Johal

M.Ed. (Candidate)

Child & Family Student Therapist

*Starting in January 2024

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Carling Mcleod

Client Care Coordinator

Our Mission

Strong Ties is committed to improve the lives of children and families through counselling, psychoeducation and advocacy.

Our Vision

Communities that foster healthy growth and optimal development of children and empower families so that they can ensure the well-being of their children. 

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Strong Ties acknowledges the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Indigenous peoples across Lower Mainland, including the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation in which we live, work and play.

We continuously review our practices to promote anti-racist and decolonizing services.

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