Nōmina Integrated Mental Health Clinic - Comox Valley, BC
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At our Nōmina Integrated Mental Health Comox Valley, BC clinic, we provide leading programming with advanced ‘evidenced-based therapies’ by a highly specialized and trained clinical team. Nōmina is holistic, integrated care all right in one convenient location.
Nestled in the Comox Valley, our location allows us to maximize the healing landscape to offer world-class programs such as the exclusive development of adventure therapy. Our highly experienced team of professionals has a diverse range of specializations and all registered psychotherapists hold a minimum master’s level education. Nōmina has clinical expertise in various therapeutic trauma approaches such as ISTDP, EMDR, and cognitive modalities such as CBT, DBT, and ACT. With these, Nōmina will deliver a comprehensive approach to healing not found elsewhere in other therapy programs. We are highly skilled in working with treatment-resistant and complex disorders. See a full list of therapies we offer here.
We would like to respectfully acknowledge that where our clinic is located, is within the unceded traditional territories of the K’omoks First Nation. We are grateful to work and live here.
The dedicated people at Nōmina Comox Valley share a united passion and purpose.
Clinical Director & Registered Psychotherapist
CD, PhD(c), MSW, MACP, RSW, RCC
Lisa’s primary work is in addiction treatment, mental health, and sexual health. She has extensive training in intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), direct neurofeedback (DNF), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This makes her highly effective working with mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and pain, which can all contribute to unhealthy coping behaviours. Her range of skills makes her a very direct clinician. Lisa has many years of working with diverse populations. As a retired Canadian Armed Forces Member, she honed her experience with complex trauma. She is also proudly a Certified Transgender Care Specialist with The International Transgender Care Association, supporting her offering services to all Gender Romantic Minorities. Honesty and transparency coupled with confidentiality are the cornerstones of her practice.
Head of Psychology
Dr. Jabeene Bhimji’s therapeutic approach is strongly rooted in the utilization of evidence-based treatments to facilitate mental well-being. Her training has largely been oriented towards targeting mood and anxiety-related difficulties, trauma-based symptoms, early psychosis, and other concerns impacting patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviour (e.g. personality disorders, adjustment disorders). While largely operating from a cognitive-behavioural framework, Dr. Bhimji identifies as an integrative therapist, and uses various humanistic and third-wave CBT approaches (including DBT, ACT) to orient clients towards skills they can use to improve their social, occupational, and daily functioning. Dr. Bhimji views the therapeutic relationship as an essential factor in enabling client progress and works to create a non-judgment and compassion environment for clients to work towards collaboratively established therapeutic goals.
Spacious rooms are luxuriously appointed with inspiring nature views, high-end custom furnishings, and an ensuite bathroom.
Classes and learning are offered in an intimate fireside environment.
The lodge was designed with stunning panoramic views, created to capture the natural beauty of its surroundings.
Meals are prepared by our world-class chef.
Chad’s approach to therapy is trauma informed, integrative and holistic. He utilizes training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and connecting with nature through Forest Therapy. These approaches are all built upon a foundation of Mindfulness training, and ways to bring a greater awareness to our everyday functioning. Chad also has training in Direct Neurofeedback, which is seen as an adjunct to his other therapeutic work, and which as shown great promise for working with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, ASD and PTSD. Chad balances his client load between working within the adult population and with youth.
Samantha’s therapeutic approach is client centred and trauma informed. With a specialization in military mental health, Samantha has passionately pursued working with the military and veteran communities and their families. The modalities that she utilizes in her practice include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
A strong believer in holistic health and fitness as a path to optimum wellness, Erica brings a calm and grounded presence to her work. She is passionate about supporting her clients to navigate life challenges, make desired changes and understand how they can be instrumental in their own healing and growth. Erica's background working in both public service and community agencies has provided her with a broad range of skills including facilitation and psycho-education in self-awareness, emotions management, and healthy relationships.
Social justice and safety in the therapeutic relationship are core tenants of Alaina’s practice. She possesses a Master's degree in Social Work and is registered under the BC College of Social Workers. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy are among Alaina’s primary therapeutic approaches. As an adjunct to supportive counselling, Alaina incorporates Direct Neurofeedback (DNF) to assist individuals in reaching therapeutic goals. She has worked with a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, suicide ideation, self-esteem, substance use, personality, and legal challenges. She empowers clients through education and skill development so that they can better cope with life’s challenges. Engaging in therapy can be a daunting process, and so Alaina hopes to create a space where you feel supported in this journey.
Carly takes a client-centered approach to her counselling practice and aims to provide authentic, compassionate support as she journeys with her clients throughout the challenges they face. She uses a variety of theological approaches in her practice including internal family systems, attachment theory, narrative, solution-focused, DBT and others as she sees fit. Carly enjoys helping clients facing challenging relationships, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and transitional life changes
MSW, BSW, BAACS, RSW
Cody is registered social worker, and master trainer of CBT. He uses theory, evidence-based protocol & practices, teaching & tech, to optimize the brain’s innate processing abilities. These methods can calm the nervous system, improve thinking and mood, & may help get you feeling in control or unstuck. From infancy, powerful forces such as invalidation, neglect, fear, & abuse impact our sense of SAFETY, connection, & Self-worth; but also how our brains operate. Luckily, our brains are naturally adaptable, and healing is often very possible!
A foundation of his practice is the belief: “There is no such thing as a bad Part of YOU”. He can help you develop a practice of getting to know and love Parts of your Self which presently may seem a little challenging. Its often the case that these Parts of our Selves serve a very natural function for us; and they deserve our attention, energy, and Self-love.