Meet the People

Who is Lighthouse Wellness?

Lighthouse Wellness Centre is a private clinic that offers a range of quality, effective, empathetic counselling and wellness services for children, adolescence, adults and families. We are one of the few counselling centres that counsel children as young as 3 years old around issues caused by divorce, death and other challenges. We help individuals and families improve their resilience in mental and emotional health so you can feel empowered, happier, healthier, and, live a more fulfilling life. 

Mission

Our Mission is to create a space where you can receive support, guidance and direction during the storms of life.

Jenny Steele, RPN BScPN

Hi, I’m Jenny.  I completed my Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Degree from Brandon University in 2009 and I hold a current registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba. I bring a holistic and individualized approach of wellbeing to my clients. Over the past 12 years I have worked with clients of all ages, helping my clients regain self-awareness, confidence, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and helping clients with anxiety, depression, identity exploration, gender dysphoria, stress, trauma, grief and anger.

 

I have worked with children, youth and adults experiencing a wide variety of concerns. I provide a supportive, open, safe and non-judgmental space for my clients.  I help to build a strong relationship based on trust, using a down-to-earth, empathic approach and through professional and personal experience. I have worked with my clients to rebuild their strengths, to help them find new solutions to their problems, overcome challenging situations and to reach their goals, by offering counselling tailored to the needs of my clients and their unique journey.

 

I help clients develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle by integrating evidence-based therapies, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, relationship based therapy techniques and nutrition, exercise or alternative healing modalities upon request, to maximize their wellbeing.

 

I recognize that taking this first step can be the most vulnerable, intimidating and yet the most courageous experience one may ever take.  I welcome my clients into a space filled with compassion, warmth empathy and humor.

 

I am an approved provider for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and private fee for service clients.

Luanne, RPN BScPN, TPP 

Hi, I’m Luanne. I completed my degree in Bachelors of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, at the University of Brandon, in 2014 and completed my Certification in Therapeutic Play Skills through Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institution in 2021.  I have worked with people from all walks of life. Over the past 12 years of working in mental health fields I gained experience, training, and special interest in the following areas: ADHD/ Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity, Abuse/ Survivors of Abuse, Addictions/ Clients on Opioid Agonist Therapy, Autism, Anxiety, Child and Adolescent Issues, Childhood Trauma, Depression, Gender Dysphoria, Positive Parenting and Parent Coaching.

I am a passionate advocate for child and family health, LGBTIQ2S and racial equity, and bringing high quality harm reduction and trauma-informed services and solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing children, adolescent, adults, and the community.

 

My therapeutic approach is empathetic and collaborative. I believe each person brings a lot to the table already. I simply walk with you through the process to help you recover hope, build on your coping tool kit and connect with resources. I am a big fan of slowing down the chaos and coping creatively.

 

I have training in a wide variety of best practice and evidence-based treatment models including but not limited to, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, DBT: Distress tolerance & Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, Solution-Focus Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Therapeutic Play.

 

My office is a safe space where together we can look at what's troubling you, explore unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior, and begin a process of change.  It can be intimidating to seek out counselling but I encourage you to move past the fear and reach out, it will be so rewarding!

 

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

 

I am an approved provider for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and private fee for service clients.

Amanda Hayward-Draper,
MACP

Hi, I'm Amanda and I am happy to join the team at Lighthouse Wellness. I grew up in Southwestern Manitoba and have worked in this area all my life. I attended Brandon University and studied psychology and sociology and then worked for many years in public health, with families with young children. I really enjoyed supporting people in their role as parents, and learnt a lot during this time about development and attachment. 

 

In 2016 I began working for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and discovered a real love for individual counselling. My work there taught me about supporting people to make the changes they desired in their lives, and sparked my interest in learning more about mental health therapies and trauma treatment. I pursued a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and completed additional trauma training including basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).  

 

When someone sees me for counselling, I will work with that person to create an individual treatment plan that suits their goals, learning styles and preferences. Depending on what brings them to counselling, we may use treatments from the following therapies:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy 

 

Sessions may look different from person to person, but there is always an underlying foundation of respect, compassion and desire to work with you in the ways that you feel fit you best.  

Outside of work, I can usually be found attending my kids' activities and doing the Mom things, blowing off steam at the gym, and occasionally tracking down a poker game. 

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Alanna Hermary, RPN BScPN

Hi, I’m Alanna.  I graduated with my bachelor of science in psychiatric nursing in 2014 from Brandon University. 

Since becoming a registered psychiatric nurse, i’ve worked in a multitude of settings with individuals from all unique backgrounds, including children and adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.

 

I have furthered my training in an array of areas including trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, distress tolerance skills and harm reduction.  Throughout the last eight years, I have practiced extensively with children and adolescents, and have gained experience with individuals with anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, depression/mood disorders, trauma, and those impacted by others’ substance use.

 

I aim to ensure my office is a safe, trauma informed space to allow individuals to explore their concerns at their own pace.  I take a collaborative approach, as I believe everyone has an innate ability and strength to work through the challenges they face.

I recognize that every individual is the expert of their own life, and ensure that I am using a client centered, strength based approach with every individual I encounter. I truly believe there is value in sharing and owning your story, and am grateful for every person that feels comfortable to share it with me.

Cori Pawluk, RPN BScPN

Hi, I am Cori, I have worked in Health Care for all my adult life and have been practicing as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over 12 years. I completed a bachelor’s degree in science and Psychiatric Nursing, in my home town of Brandon.  

 

I now live in rural Manitoba, which helps me relate to both the stress of rural and urban life. I genuinely love people and hearing their stories, and I truly believe we are all one bad day away from seeking mental health support.  One of my best qualities is rooting for the underdog and having true compassion for those who struggle.

Working with adults in mental health is where most of my experience lies. However, I can also offer a safe place for teens to express themselves in a supportive setting as there can be many challenges in this life stage.

 

Postpartum depression is a passion of mine and supporting moms through the major life change of motherhood. Many of my clients suffer from Anxiety, Depression, or both and I enjoy helping them one-on-one and in group settings.

I can help those with coping skills for family conflict, grief, life transitions, parenting, self-esteem, and divorce/separation. Using evidence based therapy techniques, such as; Compassion focused, person centered, strength based, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques are some of the common strategies I lean on. I believe in honesty and offer reality therapy where I see fit.

Throughout my career, I remember people, and they remember me! Some describe me as empathetic, compassionate, and patient with my clients. Friends say I am a good listener, down to earth, open, and caring. You can expect some genuine conversations as we troubleshoot together, and likely a bit of humor on occasion. Let me support you with a therapy approach tailored to what will suit you best. I can offer you tools, a new perspective, and strategies specific to your situation.  I strive to help and support you in making the changes you desire, to live a life of fulfillment.

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We respect the treaties that were made on these lands and acknowledge that Brandon and Lighthouse Wellness Centre is located on Treaty 2 lands, the traditional home lands of Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-cree, Cree, Dene, Metis people. We fully intend to continue growing as allies and learning how we can be of better support to our Indigenous communities and clients.