Allius Services Inc. - Experienced Clinical Counsellor in Nanaimo, British Columbia

About Allius Services

Allius Services Inc. - Experienced Clinical Counsellor in Nanaimo, British Columbia

About Allius Services

Allius Services was incorporated in 2020, but Lurline Raposo, the founder and Clinical Director, has been in private practice since 2011, first in Calgary, AB, now here in Nanaimo, bc.

Allius Services Inc. provides Individual and Couple Counselling Services in British Columbia

Our clinic name, “Allius,” comes from combining ALL, I, and US - reflecting our commitment to fostering connections. For the Allius team, it is all about people connecting with themselves in order to connect better with others. This is what we aim to support in our work with people, both young and old.

Our team would like to acknowledge that our clinic is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish People -- the Stz'uminus, Snuneymuxw, and Snaw-naw-as Nations. We recognize the importance of the lands we each call home. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships between nations and to improving our own understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures.

Our Team

Lurline Raposo - Registered Clinical Counsellor work in the field of children, youth, and family support

Lurline Raposo


Clinical Director/ Registered Clinical Counsellor & Play Therapy Supervisor

Lurline is an experienced professional with over 20 years of dedicated work in the field of children, youth, and family support. Her primary focus is assisting parents in effectively caring for their children. She holds several important credentials, including being a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor for Play Therapy, an Accredited Clinical Supervisor with BCACC and a Parenting Coordinator.

Throughout her career, Lurline has worked extensively with complex families both in British Columbia and Alberta Her expertise is recognized as she is a BC Hear the Child Roster Member and a Roster Member for BC Parenting Coordinators. She has completed her Family Mediation training and she serves as a Family Court Assessor. Lurline's specialized training encompasses various areas, such as family mediation, parenting coordination, needs of the child reporting, and parental capacity assessment.

Ladona Pinder


Registered Social Worker, Clinical Counsellor & Play Therapist

Ladona has over twenty years of experience working with individuals, children, parents, and couples. Her work experiences have included employment as a child care provider, a child protection social worker, an adoption social worker, and an individual, couples and family counsellor. She is registered as a Social Worker in Alberta and British Columbia and as a Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Ladona's collective experience has provided her with knowledge and experience related to navigating family court systems and she is skilled in providing support to families that are navigating child protection related court and other high conflict family matters. 

With a family system, attachment, trauma, and culturally sensitive lens, Ladona approaches each individual and family with a deep appreciation for their unique circumstances. Drawing from her personal and professional background, she brings valuable insights to her counselling work with families and children, whether they are navigating divorce, blending families, or involved in adoption.

**Ladona is currently accepting new clients for online counselling sessions ONLY**

Ladona Pinder - Clinical Counsellor helps in parent coaching, and resolving family conflicts

Nicole Puckering - Registered Clinical Counsellor work in the field of children, youth, and family support

Nicole Puckering


Counselling Associate/ Registered Clinical Counsellor

Allius Services is privileged to have Nicole as a Counselling Associate and a member of the Ahousaht First Nations. With an MA in Counselling Psychology and a BA in Child & Youth Care, specializing in Child Protection, Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. For the past decade, she has dedicated herself to working with children, youth, and families who face trauma, conflict, and complex family situations. Her passion lies in supporting kids, families, and parents through their challenges. Nicole is also open to assisting individuals dealing with mood disorders, life transitions, and other family difficulties.

Michelle Mills


Counselling Associate/ Registered Clinical Counsellor

Michelle completed her MA in Counselling Psychology and holds a degree in Child and Youth Care with almost a decade of valuable experience working supportively with children, youth, and adults. For the past four years, she has dedicated her efforts to a school environment, providing assistance to children and families with diverse and complex needs. Michelle possesses a deep understanding of both child development and attachment in parenting. She prioritizes a trauma-informed approach, emphasizing empathy and care to foster a robust therapeutic relationship with her clients. Through her work experience, Michelle has recognized the significance of respecting each individual’s unique life journey and delivering non-judgmental, compassionate care that facilitates healing.

Michelle Mills - Counselling Intern at Allius Services Inc. working with children, youth, and adults

Chaowen Yuan - Counselling Associate at Allius Services Inc. in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Chaowen Yuan


Counselling Associate/ Registered Clinical Counsellor

Chaowen, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC, brings over 10 years of expertise supporting children, youth, adults, and families on their therapeutic journeys. With specialized training in therapeutic modalities like Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Self-compassion, Complex Trauma, and Prepare/Enrich couple counseling, she offers diverse and effective interventions.

Educated in China, United States and France, Chaowen initiated her career in Human Resources at IBM, where she enjoyed assisting individuals in reaching their optimal selves. Driven by a profound desire to empower others further, she continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology in 2016.

Amy Christensen


Administrative Assistant

Allius Services is excited to introduce our new Administrative Assistant Amy. Amy has recently achieved her Bachelors in Psychology and is planning on pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychology, with the goal of becoming a Clinical Counsellor.

Amy has experience working with children and families, specifically in the animal-assisted therapy field. She is passionate about young adult individuality, self-confidence practices, and the potential that animal-assisted therapy holds to influence the future of counselling.

Amy is always willing to learn and greatly enjoys supporting the clinic by helping the counsellors and the clinic’s clients with administrative support.

Amy Christensen - Administrative Assistant

Liz Baerg

BHS, MA (In Progress)

Counselling Student Intern

Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and has over 20 years of experience working with families, teens, and new parents. Most recently, Liz has been working in employment services, assisting individuals with barriers to find employment. Liz has completed her graduate study coursework at City University and will be applying this knowledge to her work at Allius Services.

Liz Baerg - Counselling Student Intern at Allius Services Inc. in British Columbia

Chaowen Yuan - Counselling Associate at Allius Services Inc. in Nanaimo, British Columbia


Therapy Dog in Training

Meet Petal! She is the newest addition to the Allius team. Bringing warmth and comfort, Petal plays a unique role in our clinic, helping clients to feel welcome and comforted. Her joyful presence and cuddly greetings boost morale and promote conversation in clients.

As a therapy dog in training, Petal is learning to interact with clients of all ages, providing non-judgmental companionship and a sense of security. Her gentle demeanor and intuitive nature make her a useful tool for sessions, especially ones involving children, youth, and families.

Petal is not just a pet; she is an integral part of our therapeutic process. Her interactions with clients help in reducing anxiety, improving mood, and enhancing the clients' overall experience. Animal-assisted therapy is a newer field in the mental health world, however resarch continues to prove just how helpful these furry faces can be when practicing counselling and mental health services. 

Our Mission

To foster improved intra-personal and interpersonal connections that bring greater harmony to the individuals, families, organizations, and communities we serve.

Our Vision

Healing through better connections both inside and out.


We prioritize our professional learning while continuously striving to improve our practices and models to offer greater benefits to the clients we serve.


We believe “playfulness” is a cornerstone of healing and wellness. As such, clients of all ages are encouraged to incorporate humor, expressive arts, sand


We know that sustained emotional availability can only be achieved through balance and self compassion. Clinicians and coaches must feel supported in


We appreciate the uniqueness of each person and family with whom we work while thoughtfully considering the influence culture, identity, history, and socio-political systems have on us.

Meaningful Connection

The healing power of relationships is a foundational principle, and we seek to cultivate true connections with clients, each other, and our community.


We are humans first and counsellors second. As humans who face suffering throughout our lives, as clinicians, we can guide with this shared vulnerability.

Allius Services serves clients across Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Port Alberni, and the surrounding areas.

Allius Services gratefully operates on the traditional lands of the Snaw-naw-as, Snuneymuxw, and Stz’uminus Nations. Our team acknowledges the necessity for reconciliation and redress for all First Nations People.