The Arukah Team

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Arukah is a Hebrew word that means “total healing and restoration”

The issues of our lives, trauma, grief, everyday stresses can bring us to a place of unhealth, disconnect and neglect. It can be difficult to move forward alone toward healing and restoration. The goal at Arukah Counselling is to support you in your wellness journey back to health in all areas of your life and help you bring restoration in the areas of your life where there is disconnect and detachment.

About Kimberly

Kimberly began a career in education as a teacher and then a principal. Seeing the needs of students, their families and her staff, she began to explore how she could better support those around her. This led to taking her Masters of Counselling Psychology and a new career as a psychotherapist.

Kimberly is passionate about working with individuals, both adults and adolescents, couples and families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, struggling with communication issues, anger or trauma. Kimberly uses a person-centered approach and a biopsychosocial perspecitve and has experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Committment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method.

In her free time, Kimberly works at living an arukah lifestyle as she endeavours to have a healthy and fulfilling life. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, skiing, sledding and kayaking.

About Steve

Steve Burk is a Registered Social Worker Psychotherapist with a diploma in Child and Youth Work, a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Master of Arts with a Counselling Psychology Major.

 He has a wide range of experiences in social services and counselling including working with children and youth, delivering anger management, domestic violence and healthy relationships programs to adults, working with couples and in child welfare. 

Steve works as a therapist full time for a local child and youth counselling organization, but sees private clients on a case by case basis. Steve's approaches to counselling are relational and from a Cognitive Behavioural lens, incorporating Solution Focused and/or Narrative aspects when appropriate. 

In his spare time, Steve enjoys the outdoors, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. 

About Mallory

Mallory began her career as a psychotherapist after working for Cree Nation Child and Family Services supporting children in the foster care system. After working with these children, she was given a new perspective on the many different levels of trauma and suffering people experience daily. This projected her towards pursuing more education so that she could have the skills to help people. Having these experiences has given her a desire to help those who are hurting and who struggle to overcome the effects trauma has had on them.

There are many different reasons why you might be seeking out guidance from a therapist. Maybe you’re at a place where you want to develop yourself in a particular area. Maybe you have experienced significant trauma. Or maybe you are going through a difficult transition, whether it was planned or not, and need help navigating it. Whatever might be happening in your life right now, she wants you to know that she will help you each step of the way. Nothing is too small or too big to talk about. She wants to hear about your story and your experiences. Mallory will provide a safe space where you can be yourself and will feel heard. "Together, we will work on understanding the issue at hand and then we will work together to strive for the change you want to see in your life."

Outside of work:

During her time off, you can find her playing board games with her husband. She loves fitness, lattes, baking, and hiking with her pup Nala!

About Bella

Bella is a five year old Pekingese/Shih Tzu hypoallergenic dog who loves people. She has an instinctive draw to people who need comfort and emotional support. Whether she is just in the room, sitting beside you or cuddled up with you, she will spread comfort and ease in the therapy room. Although Bella is more than willing to be at work, she will not be insulted or offended if you would rather not have her in the room. Just let us know when you book if you would prefer to have her or not.