Cognito is pleased to introduce our team of professionals who are passionate for helping clients on their mental health journey.
Stephen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
He provides guidance and supervision for our team of counsellors and life coaches. Stephen brings a diverse history of lived experience to his counselling practice. Stephen approaches each client with the belief that with the right support and encouragement we all have the ability to lead more productive and fulfilled lives. Starting from a place of empathy and compassion, Stephen guides his patients through a respectful examination of their life choices with the goal of providing them with the practical tools they need to meet their true potential.
Stephen received his Master of Arts from Liberty University, with a specialty in Marriage and Family Counselling. Prior to becoming a counsellor, Stephen earned a Doctorate and Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from Queen’s University.
Stephen has been married to Dr. Jillian Roberts since 1989 and is the father of three children. He is a proud and active citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.
A blend of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural and Christian therapeutic approaches.
Children, adolescents, adults and families.
Individuals and groups
Working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, motivational challenges and building emotionally fulfilling relationships.
Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Depression.
Director of Medicine
Dr. Francois Muller is a co-founder of Cognito
Dr Francois Muller is a General Practitioner that lives and co-owns a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria BC, where he has served his local community for 15 years.
He completed his medical degree in South Africa in 1998. Francois has a breadth of medical professional experience from inpatient and outpatient settings in South Africa, England and Canada.
Francois’s clinic serves all facets of the community in a broader patient medical home setting. He has a passion for general practice and patient advocacy.
Dr. Marlene Muller is a co-founder of Cognito
Dr Marlene Muller is a Family Physician in Victoria, BC. She completed her Medical Degree in South Africa in 1996. She has lived and worked in South Africa, England and Canada. She has been proudly Canadian since 2001.
She has been working in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Victoria BC since 2007 and has been part of a group of physicians delivering high quality care to the community. She has a special interest in Psychiatry and worked in a psychiatric hospital in Chertsey, England.
She strives to give evidence based, kind and compassionate care to each of her patients. She is a mom of 2 busy teenagers.
Dr. Ligate is a Psychiatrist at Cognito
Dr. Ligate graduated from medical school at UBC in 1976 and obtained her certification in psychiatry in 1981.
Over the last 40 years she's been involved in teaching, research, program development and patient care in Ontario, recently returned to her roots in British Columbia in 2019.
Dr. Ligate strives to help people feel their best, find their passions and achieving their goals.
MD, FRCPC, BMSC
Dr. Comeau is a practicing psychiatrist who offers group sessions at Cognito
Dr. Comeau is a psychiatrist practicing in Victoria, BC who completed his Medical Degree at the University of Alberta and graduated from the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of British Columbia. He is a fully accredited rTMS provider through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and completed his rTMS certification and training through Duke University.
In addition to specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, his clinical expertise also includes working with individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness, shared-care for young adults and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Comeau is passionate about helping his patients restore balance in their lives through his patient-centered approach and developing treatment plans tailored to an individuals circumstances and unique needs.
Director of Quality & Practice
Bhavan is a Nurse Practitioner in Victoria, BC.
Bhavan is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse professional background and over a decade of health care experience in direct patient care and administrative roles throughout British Columbia and the UK. She received her Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner from the University of Victoria in 2014 and has practiced across various settings including family practice, urgent care and seniors consultative care.
She is passionate about providing person-centered care and committed to developing collaborative care partnerships while striving to meet a patient’s health care goals.
Bhavan is an avid basketball fan and loves spending time with her French Bulldog, Mamba.
Kayla is a Nurse Practitioner in Victoria, BC.
Kayla is a nurse practitioner who completed her Master of Science in Nursing in 2019. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Kayla was a registered nurse for 8 years. Her areas of practice include rural and remote, urgent care, and primary care. She has a special interest in Indigenous health, women’s health, mental health, and addictions.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
DNP, MN, NP
John is a Nurse Practitioner licensed in British Columbia and Alberta.
He completed his Bachelors in Nursing with a speciality in Critical Care at BCIT/Thompson River University in BC. His Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner through Athabasca University in Alberta. He holds two Doctorate degrees. A Doctor of Medicine from USAT – Florida/Montserrat, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Aspen University in Colorado – both with distinction.
Through his own significant critical illness/life event in 2015 resulting in hospitalization for a period of time, John has gained deeper insight into what good likes in health care practice and treats others with respect, dignity, empathy and compassion.
He has over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of healthcare fields in primary care, telemedicine, pharma and medical with an emphasis in health promotion and disease prevention.
DNP, MN, NP
Joanna is a family Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of nursing experience.
She began her nursing career as a medical/surgical registered nurse before completing her Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016. As an NP, Joanna has worked in a variety of settings including primary care, occupational health, tele-health, and education.
A strong advocate for the NP role and advanced nursing education, Joanna completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Chatham University in Pittsburg, PA in 2020. Joanna is dedicated to improving health outcomes for patients and has a special interest in women's health and mental health.
Outside of work, Joanna enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, and is an avid Formula 1 fan.
Danica leads clinical operations at Cognito.
Danica is an experienced Marketing and Business Development Manager with over 8 years in Healthcare focusing on Clinic Management and Surgical Assistance. She has considerable experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration.
She studied in Famagusta, Cyprus for Business Administration where she was able to travel, learn and appreciate the different cultures. During this time she found her love for languages, and continues to be studious with several at once.
Danica is an avid volunteer, and has spoken on behalf of various non-profit organizations, and likes to focus on those advocating for mental health awareness.
Lily is a registered pharmacist in Victoria, British Columbia.
Lily attended McGill University and graduated with a BSc Pharm from the University of British Columbia in 2015. She has a special interest in addictions, mental health and infectious diseases.
Outside of work Lily enjoys overnight hikes, reading and running.
CBT Care Provider Lead
Vanessa is the team lead for Cognito's CBT Care Providers in Victoria, BC.
Her passion to help others and improve their well-being began 12 years ago in her aesthetics career; Vanessa has since grown her passion into mental health where she practices today with Cognito as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Care Provider.
She is enthusiastic about helping others through their personal growth, awareness, navigating through difficult times, while implementing cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with her clientele. Vanessa finds joy in exercise, meditation, and overall health and by doing so it helps her be attentive and empathetic when interacting with her clientele.
CBT Care Provider
Maddie has worked in a number of community mental health services in the UK.
She completed her BSc in Psychology in 2016 in the UK, and later studied a Postgraduate Certificate, focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Through her work, Maddie values having a front row seat in supporting individuals reach their goals, an opportunity she continues to find great fulfillment in. She is passionate about empowering others to cope with life's inevitable transitions and challenges.
Outside of work, she enjoys unwinding by spending time in the kitchen or enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her partner.
CBT Care Provider
Alexis is a graduate student of Counselling Psychology.
Alexis has a diverse professional background that has centered around customer service as well as the visual and decorative arts. While embarking on her own journey to improve her mental health years ago, Alexis developed a keen interest in therapeutic modalities such as CBT — this curiosity motivated her to study counselling psychology, specifically through a culturally sensitive and socially-just lens. By offering an empathetic, non-judgmental, and personalized approach to mental health support, Alexis is dedicated to helping clients proactively navigate life’s challenges and achieve personalized goals.
CBT Care Provider
She has worked for many years as a CBT counsellor and coach.
Kay is a registered nurse, holds an MSc in Health Sciences, and a number of counselling and coaching certificates. She is a certified Yoga teacher, Yoga Health Coach and Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has worked for many years as a CBT counsellor and coach, helping people change stuck habits and limiting beliefs.
Her passion is teaching people how to get happy, healthy and physically fit. She especially loves helping people who feel out-of-control or who think it’s too late. Her big message is: you are never too old, it’s never too late and every day is a fresh start.
She has overcome various addictions and challenges with ADHD and learned to become her own best friend, rather than her own worst enemy. Her raison d'etre is to help others do the same. She has gone from being someone with extremely limited mobility and poor health to a vibrant head-standing Yogini with tons of energy!
Kay spends her time hiking with her dog Bea, paddle boarding and zipping about at high speeds on her e-bike. She practices Ayurveda, mindfulness and Yoga. She moved back to Canada in 2017 having lived in the UK for 35 years. She acknowledges and thanks the Lkwungen People for allowing her to live, work and play on their beautiful lands.
CBT Care Provider
Mahreen is a Cognitive Behavioural Care Provider at Cognito.
Mehreen Sahir has her BA in psychology. She has a passion for working with others, and always uses a client-centred approach wherever she goes. Her interest in helping others has motivated her to work in the mental health field, where she can aid individuals in finding a positive path for themselves.
In her free time, she is busy writing away, scrapbooking, or travelling wherever possible.
Julie Taylor is a registered counsellor and supervisor with over 20 years experience
...Plus the proud mother of 4 adult sons and a ballroom dancer!
Fascination with ‘what makes us tick’ led Julie to a love of history, medicine and neuroscience, expressed through her work over the years in hospital administration, construction business, entrepreneurship, farming and rare breeds of Canadian farm animal, advertising/marketing and ultimately counselling.
Defined by the strong connection between the psyche, brain and physical body, Julie believes that in exploring, understanding and accepting all of your emotions, you will find peace and the strength you need to thrive in today’s world.
Julie lives on the ocean in Fanny Bay, BC with her mother and service-dog-in-training Maddie and works both in-person and online with individuals, other counsellors, couples and groups.
CBT Care Provider
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is a graduate of the post-degree Interprofessional Mental Health & Addiction program
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is a graduate of the post-degree Interprofessional Mental Health & Addiction program (IMHA) from Camosun College. With an educational background in mental health and a diverse professional background which includes teaching, customer relations and e-commerce, Jessica has gained valuable experience connecting with all kinds of people.
As Jessica furthers her career in the field of mental health, her focus is on finding ways to effectively and compassionately support and help others through use of counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.
In her free time Jessica loves creative writing, yoga, and travelling. Jessica's passion for travel took her abroad to Europe where she lived and worked for a few years exploring different cities and cultures- an experience that was not only rewarding but also taught her the importance of growth, self- awareness and self-love. When she is not travelling she likes spending time with friends & family and getting out in nature.
CBT Care Provider
Brittnay graduated with a Wellness Counseling and Coaching Diploma.
Brittany is a graduate of Rhodes Wellness College. She graduated with a Wellness Counseling and Coaching Diploma. Her own life experiences inspired her to pursue a career path of wellness, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Brittany is a passionate and empathetic individual, who holds space for clients to heal, grow, and progress towards their personal goals.
Brittany’s free time is spent with her husband, three children, and pets outdoors exploring nature. She also loves to sing as a form of meditation and relaxation.
CBT Care Provider
Alecia is a CBT Care Provider with Cognito
After graduating university in 2012, Alecia spent a decade travelling the world working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry, passionate about cultivating exceptional guest experiences. After living and working with many different cultures and religions, she gained a deep understanding of how our beliefs and upbringing impact the way we see and interact with the world. She became very intrigued as to how this contributed to the mental and emotional disturbances we face in our lives, and thus began her journey in mental health.
Alecia recently graduated with a Diploma of Professional Counselling from the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training and is excited to bring her CBT knowledge and skills to Cognito and help others create positive change in their lives.
Outside of Cognito, Alecia can be found immersing herself in stoic and existential readings, exploring the city with her partner and two dogs, and volunteering at her local distress centre.
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