Iris Community Counselling and Consulting was founded by two educators who have taught in the New Brunswick school system for over a decade and have come to realize the need for increased mental health support for today’s youth: Krista Royama and Marie Reinsborough-Wadden. This epiphany led to our decision to both acquire our Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and to transition into the roles of school guidance counsellor s in the Moncton area.
While our daily work has brought us well beyond the Tantramar area to counsel, our hearts have remained connected to our hometown and to the youth we hope to help locally. Inspired by our drive to focus our efforts in creating a more mentally fit and resilient Tantramar community, as clinical therapists (CCPA, CCC, LCT-C) we are now launching a local mental health clinic.
Co-founder and Clinical Therapist
Marie Reinsborough-Wadden is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is registered and licensed with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick. Her professional work is balanced between her role as co-founder and counselling therapist at IRIS Community Counselling and Consulting Inc. and her work in the education system in mental health as a school counsellor. After teaching and living abroad, Marie returned to her hometown of Sackville, NB, where she now lives with her partner, three children, and three dogs: spotting the summertime irises appear on the Tantramar landscape together is a favourite family pastime!
Co-founder and Clinical Therapist
Krista Royama graduated from Yorkville University with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and is registered and licensed with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick. Krista has over 15 years experience as an educator in the New Brunswick school system, with a present-day focus on school counselling. In addition to co-founding IRIS Community Counselling and Consulting Inc. in Sackville, she divides her professional time between counselling in the school and IRIS. Her personal wellness is grounded in spending time with her family which includes her partner, her two children, and her best furry friend, Griffin.
I love working with people, helping them feel heard, understood, and appreciated, while helping them make sense of their situation and the issues they are facing. Working with you as a team, I can help you learn new skills that will help you build the life you want, and behave like the person you want to be. I use a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you “unhook” from difficult situations, thoughts, feelings, and memories so that you are free to act in ways that will enhance your life.
For a video that nicely describes this approach, please search "Russ Harris Choice Point" on YouTube. My ideal client is motivated to participate in therapy, however this is not essential. I have made progress with children, teens, and adults who were reluctant initially.
Clients tell me they feel cared about, while experiencing greater self-esteem and self-compassion. In therapy, 80% of success depends on the counselling relationship, it’s like the strong foundation that supports a house. If you think we would be a good fit, I'd love to hear from you.
Nola Helen Hicks is a mental health counsellor, teacher, author, and artist living in Tantramar. She holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and degrees in education and literature. Nola is a helper at heart and loves to teach and learn about our brains and emotions. In her clinical practice she uses a combination of CBT, DBT, ACT and Narrative therapy. Nola lives with her husband and two senior dogs. When she is not drawing, writing, teaching or counselling, she enjoys gardening. Nola is eager to meet you and to begin your counselling journey, together.