Core Team Counsellors

Cristina Ciccone

MA, RCC - Therapist, EFAP

Main Office (Vancouver)

Cristina is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, with a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology through the University of British Columbia. She has been practicing for almost 30 years, offering individual, couple and group psychotherapy in a number of settings. She has been a member of the EFAP team since July 2002.

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Mahshid Esfandiari

PhD, RCC - Therapist, EFAP

Main Office (Vancouver)

Mahshid has been a therapist at the EFAP since March 1999. She holds a PhD in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC, approved for private practice. Mahshid is known for her work in the areas of trauma, incest, sexual abuse, stress and depression

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Melanie Johannson

MSW, RSW, CCC - Therapist, EFAP

Surrey Office

Melanie joined the EFAP in October 2003 and has been a counsellor for over 20 years. She enjoys working with a variety of presenting concerns and has extensive experience addressing diverse issues such as domestic violence, trauma, grief, substance misuse, and family & relationship difficulties. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISD) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), which she finds to be invaluable tools when working with trauma.

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Alla Nikonova

PhD, R Psych- Therapist, EFAP

Main Office (Vancouver)

Alla is a Registered Psychologist. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and has been practicing for twenty-six years. She has treated a few thousand people in British Columbia over the past twenty-four years, and has been working for EFAPs for twenty-two years. She has worked as a psychologist, a mediator, a crisis management counselor, a clinical supervisor, a human resources advisor, a conflict resolution consultant and a workshop presenter.

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Rebecca Rafael

MA, MSW, RSW - Therapist, EFAP

Main Office (Vancouver)

Rebecca has been a counsellor at the EFAP for several years. She holds a Master of Arts degree, a Masters of Social Work degree, and is a registered social worker approved for private practice. She is known for her work with survivors of trauma and in the area of multi-cultural counselling.
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Anita Thandi

MA, RCC - Therapist, EFAP

Surrey Office

Anita is a registered clinical counsellor with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has been a member of the EFAP team since 2004 and has over 15 years of experience providing individual, relationship and family therapy. Areas of expertise include relationships, parenting, teen issues, women's identity and cross-cultural diversity. Anita has led workshops, training and group sessions addressing such diverse topics as parenting, pain management, and discrimination prevention and women’s empowerment.

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Jennifer Turnbrook

MA, RCC - Therapist, EFAP

Burnaby Office

Jennifer has been a counsellor for more than 20 years. She has a Masters degree in Psychology and has worked in a number of different settings. She works with people of all ages on a wide variety of issues. Her education and experience helps her to collaborate with clients to bring about the changes in their life that they desire. Areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, parenting, substance use, stress management, and relationships.

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