About Us

Gobind Wellness staff Bobby Bains

Bobby Bains BHSc

 My  name is Bobby Bains and I am a professionally trained Life Coach,  facilitator, educator, writer and the founder of Gobind Wellness. I love  working with others and enjoy seeing people regain happiness back into  their lives. Furthermore, I am married with two beautiful children, ages  2 and 6.  My family and I love traveling and exploring new cities.


My  education stems out from Simon Fraser University where I obtained a  Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Erickson Coaching College. The  programs draw upon the biological, social, behavioral, psychological and  policy sciences, and focus on the determinants of health, health  promotion, disease prevention, health care systems, health policy,  health technology and client based coaching. 


For  activities, I enjoy working out at the gym and going for long walks. My  good physical health is complimented by a healthy nutritional diet  which allows me to stay fit. Life has its challenges, but my mind stays  positive and well balanced. I genuinely enjoy living every day and just  being myself. 

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Exchiela Benusic, MA RPP

Exchiela Benusic was born and raised in Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, then obtained her Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology. During part of this time she volunteered at a school for impoverished children in Nicaragua working as a humanitarian. She also spent a year living on Vancouver Island working as a counsellor at Nanaimo Family Life Association. Exchiela is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a member with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has a combined total of 14 years' experience working in the mental health field, which includes working in a hospital.


Exchiela uses an integrated approach when working with her clients, which includes Person-Centered Counselling, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, combined with an experiential approach. Exchiela also offers Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) such as tapping. In addition to these, Exchiela can help with stress management, sustaining work-life balance, self-esteem, improving personal boundaries, mind-body-spirit wellness, interpersonal relationship challenges, parenting challenges, addiction and anger management. She can work with adults either individually or through couples counselling.


In her spare time, Exchiela enjoys spending time with her family and Basset Hound, Tucker. Exchiela's hobbies include travelling, hiking, reading, yoga, meditation, volunteering in her community, and supporting traumatized animals through providing support to non-profit organizations.

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Evren Westhead, MBA RCC

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, specifically trained in subconscious processes and elevating chronic pain.


I am always curious about people and what they say about themselves without words. Not every anxiety and depression is the same and says something specific about each person's struggles. The things they want to do, ought to do and have an ongoing struggle with. What I do is to identify these sides and give them voice within the person to find expression and be freed.


Pain is psychological as well as it is physiological. Sometimes I meet people whose body is saying “no!” to pressures compounded over the years and their system is urging them to heal psychologically as a part of healing physiologically. It is always amazing to witness within how our subconscious will to heal is working with and for us.


I am trained in dynamic modalities from Gestalt Therapy to Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic approaches by great teachers, both at UBC, in my practicum, private training's and in my work experiences. I also learn from each of my clients who share an important phase of their lives with me and look forward to meeting you.

Gobind Wellness staff Christina Furtado

Christina Furtado MA

I hold a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and have a total experience of 15 years in education.  I have my certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and utilize this modality as my main treatment model. I also use motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapies. I am informed, with direct work experience in, mindfulness based CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT. I work a client-centred approach providing clients with the up most compassion and individualized care. 


My education and work experience has provided me with training, understanding and experience for working with a variety of youth and adults with individualized needs. Such as co-occurring disorders and how to best provide compassionate and effective care for the individual, to therapeutic crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques and understanding traumatized youth and adults.


I am passionate about helping people who are experiencing emotional/social/behavioural difficulties and I believe in a holistic approach. In my experience, addiction is a multi-dimensional disease that affects all aspects of the individual’s life and relationships. It is with this understanding, and my creative outside the box approach, that I have been able to successfully work with clients and their families to provide support, counselling, information, treatment plans and aftercare guidelines. 

Gobind Wellness staff Jennifer Vauthrin

Jennifer Vauthrin MA RCC

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Gobind Wellness staff Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell MA RCC

Victoria is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and received her Masters’ Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2015. Victoria also holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Child Studies from Mount Royal University. Victoria has nearly 10 years of experience working in the family violence sector, and nearly 4 years experience, post graduate studies, working as a therapist within the domestic violence/abuse sector. Victoria has been licensed as a private practice therapist since October of 2018. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals- adults, children and adolescents, couples, families and various other groups.  

  

Victoria practices from a client-centered, trauma-informed, attachment focused, and holistic perspective. The different therapeutic techniques that Victoria utilizes in her practice, include the following approaches: Psychotherapy (Attachment & Relationships), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, Creative Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Krystel Bining MSC RCC

I enjoy working with clients with the aim of guiding them towards their own insight, growth and development in areas such as anxiety, depression, grief & loss, life transitions, self-worth, family conflict, trauma, life purpose and balance. Counselling is not a one size fits all process, so coming up with a custom therapy plan to suit various client needs is a priority. 


I have experience with children, teens, adults and couples. My approach to therapy is often called integrative in that it incorporates multiple therapeutic theories and practices to meet the unique needs of each and every individual I encounter. All counselling sessions occur in an environment dedicated to safety and confidentiality with your comfort in mind. I offer counselling sessions in English or Punjabi.   

Gobind Wellness staff tara zadeh

Tara Zadeh MD RP

Tara Zadeh, M.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) with over 10 years of experience in helping clients with wide range of mental health challenges from longstanding severe mental disorders, PTSD, concurrent disorder to more common issues such as depression and anxiety, life transition, relationship Issues, anger management, family conflict, grief and loss. She received her Doctorate Degree in Medicine from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 2005 in Iran. In the past 10 years she has tailored her working experience in the field of mental heath and addiction, taking up different roles in diverse mental health settings as Manager and Addiction and Mental Health Practitioner at several mental health rehabilitation centers in Iran.


In September 2016, she started her 9 months intensive training at Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professional (BTMH), one of the well-known government funded programs in Canada, and completed on June 2017. In addition, Tara has comprehensive training in the Solution-Focused, strength-based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Applications of Adult Attachment Interviewing, Trauma, Depression and Anxiety treatment.


Tara’s passion for counselling and therapy is evident through her aptitude for expanding her working knowledge and learning new approaches and treatment modalities and, her commitment and dedication to improve the well-being of her clients throughout her professional history.


As a clinical therapist with solid knowledge and working experience in mental health and addiction recovery laid on her medical background, Tara works from a holistic approach and brings an understanding of how social determinants of health whether cultural, social, or economic, can have an impact on a person’s overall mental well-being which in greater scale could affect the society. 


Tara is a compassionate, client-centered and culturally sensitive clinical counselor and therapist with the goal of working with clients to explore the roots of their problems and assisting them in developing a plan to overcome these challenges and reaching to their fullest potentials using the cognitive reinstructuring and strength-based solution-focused approaches.

Gobind Wellness staff - Sahar Manavi

Sahar Manavi HP

Sahar  is a big advocate for energy healing and has been using Reiki on  herself for years to eliminate stress and pain. Reiki has helped bring  balance and support to her so she finally got certified and help others. 


Sahar's  integrated knowledge of holistic wellness, Reiki energy healing and the  fast pace way of the world makes her knowledgeable in what the client  needs. Being highly empathetic makes her very sensitive to energies and  her treatments will bring perfect balance between body and emotions.  


She has  studied the Usui Holy Fire method of Reiki. A form of Reiki that lasts  longer and penetrates deeper. She is certified in Level 2 and trained  under Jose Leon here in Vancouver and will be going or her master  level.