Divorce Angels Ontario


"Change is the only constant in life."

                                                            Joan Spence, M.Ed., BA.CYC

I am a Registered Clinical Therapist specializing in Life Transitions.

Individuals, couples and families can feel anxious, stressed, overwhelmned and in some cases 'stuck' when changes occur, such as: 

  • moving in together or getting married 
  • transitioning to parenthood & bringing baby home
  • children struggling at school
  • challenges/significant events during childhood/adolescent/emerging adulthood milestones
  • adults transitioning into post secondary education
  • transitioning to an empty 'nest'
  • experiencing separation/divorce 
  • grief & loss


It’s my sincere desire to foster healthy relationships within family systems, helping clients navigate life’s inevitable chaos, providing the tools to grow and maintain open lines of communication, and raise children in an ever-changing environment. Utilizing the natural synergy between mind and body, I support clients to connect to their inherent life force energy, allowing them to survive and thrive in challenging situations.

Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or 'stuck'?

Together we will come up with a plan for your well-being when life's challenges have you feeling stuck.  I use Positive Psychology* and a client-centered approach, focused on your needs, with strategies to help you shift forward.​​

I will guide you through the journey using an integrative counselling/coaching approach based in: 

  • Attachment Theory 
  • *Humanistic & Existentialism Theory
  • Eriksonian Theory 
  • Ecological Systems Theory
  • Family Systems Theory
  • The Satir Transformational Systems Therapy

and when applicable including advanced training: 


  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#10001735)
  • The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#11873)
  • The Satir Institute of the Pacific. ​
  • Child and Youth Association of British Columbia
  • McCreary Centre Society​
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group (Executive Member)
  • Canadian Reiki Association (#15-114)​

Joan Spence

Counselling & Coaching Services Inc