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Meet the Team



Mike Cole, RIP

Inspiration for

Reach Out in the Kootenays


Sara Spicer & Lonny Stefanyk

Lead Initiators


REACH OUT in the Kootenay

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Alon Gelcer

Co-Creator at REACH OUT

Therapist and Coach at Insight Quest

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Lauren Heckley

Co-Creator for REACH OUT

Counsellor at "Counselling With Lauren"

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Sijay James

Website Design

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Deena from Graceful Coaching


1.   My training and years of experience:

A trauma-informed holistic healer, I have lived with chronic pain for over 15 years and trauma since infancy, working in the wellness field since 2015 as well as facilitating a no-cost chronic pain support & education group since 2018. My certifications and training include 1st & 2nd degree Reiki in the spiritual lineage of Usui, Hayashi, Takata and Furomoto; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); Movement for Trauma level 1; Embodied Wonderment Method modules 1-3; motivational interviewing; reflexology; and a plethora of other knowledge and skills gathered from workshops, books, friends, loved ones, teachers of Life,

and my own lived experience, listening to my bodymind and integrating healing.

2.   My style, focus and what I offer to clients:

I offer client-centered, LGBTQ+ friendly coaching from a compassionate, trauma-informed landscape, providing you with a landing place to heal by embracing your innate worthiness and exploring hidden gems. I focus on disability, integration, and self-care coaching. My specialties include living joyfully in a disabled bodymind, mindfulness and embodiment practices, intrinsic health, nervous system education & hacks, and dismantling ableism.


I am drawn to the space of allowing, nurturing, and integrating experiences (including ease, discomfort, overwhelm, pain and trauma). I can support you to embody what is actually happening and find/ practice the right supports for you and your healing journey. With a foundation of compassionate exchange, normalizing experiences and harm-reduction, I am here to support you and your well-being unconditionally, without fixing or saving you. I strive to take a decolonial intersectional approach, creating safer, more accessible spaces. Come learn, play and integrate day to day life and transformations: the power to heal is already within you.


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3.   In-person? Zoom? Phone? Text?:

I offer coaching sessions on zoom.

Groups and workshops are offered in person, on zoom, and a hybrid of in-person/ online.

 4.   If sessions are in-person, the geographic area I serve:

Nelson, BC

5.   I will provide service at - No Cost? Low Cost?:

I commit to REACH OUT's request of one free client/year or 10 free sessions/year and beyond that, sliding scale rates are $5 - 50 an hour.   

6.   How to book with me:

Free 30 minute consult, email

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Matty Hillman
  1. My training and years of experience: 

I've been supporting children, youth and families in the West Kootenays for the last 15 years. I've been a faculty member in the School of Health and Human Services at Selkirk College and a community mental health educator and an anti-violence trainer for the last 5 years.  My background and research interests include youth mentorship, healthy masculinities, and community-based art projects. 

2. My style, focus and what I offer to clients: 

I practice from a strength-based, humanistic and client-centered approach to counselling. I strive to normalize challenges, identify social and cultural factors and consider the holistic individual.


3. In-person? Zoom? Phone? Text?: 

Zoom is preferred. 

4. I will provide service at - No Cost? Low Cost?: 

Low cost $20-$50

5. How to book with me: 



Sarah Simonet

My training and years of experience: 

BA in Psychology with extensive training in alternative/meridian based therapies.

20 years experience with a specialization in trauma and abuse.

My style, focus and what I offer to clients:

Trauma therapist and Energy Healing. 

Healing focused (less talk, more healing) using Reiki and Emotional Acupressure.

In-person? Zoom? Phone? Text?:

In-person (local) and Zoom (non-local).

If sessions are in-person, the geographic area I serve:

Nelson area.

I will provide service at - No Cost? Low Cost?:

Low cost.

How to book with me:


Sarah Simonet

Accounts Payable Specialist

for Reach Out


Sarah Simonet

Accounts Payable Specialist

for Reach Out

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