Welcome To

Held Humanity

At Held Humanity Counselling & Social Services, we help you discover tools to help you tackle the ordinary and the extraordinary in every day.

We are here to listen to your story and help you foster curiosity and understanding of your experiences.

Our mission is to provide the support you need to thrive by guiding you through a practical approach to mental health. Our counsellors will work with you to build foundational skills that empower you to transform your life.

Tranformation Begins Here

Our values and guiding principles ensure your counselling and therapy experience is customized to you.

Curiosity and Courage

Therapy is a learning process. We encourage you to ask questions and delve deeper. Knowledge truly is power and it takes courage in any therapeutic journey. You’ve got this.

Compassion and Empathy

We promise to always co-create a space with you where you will be heard. Your story will be received with compassion and empathy – and without judgement.


What you share, when you share, and who you share it with is your decision and within your control. Our counsellors safeguard your privacy and guarantee confidentiality.

Community and Human-centric

We focus on real-life solutions for real people. Each person is unique, meaning that every therapeutic process is specifically tailored to you and your needs. We consider your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, beliefs, and values. We also take into account your relationships, community, and environment to ensure a holistic perspective.

Evidence-Based Practice and Education

We believe in effective and ethical practice, which includes offering evidence-based practices and staying current in our education. Our counsellors value on-going education and training to ensure they are bringing the best tools and resources to support you on your mental well-being journey.

Our Counsellors

*All Counselling Services Are Offered Online

Jade Kennedy (she/her)


Registered Social Worker/Counsellor

Individuals - Youth & Young Adults (12 - 25 years)
Offering services in British Columbia

Hi, my name is Jade.

“I specialize in working with adolescent youth, especially LGBTQ2IA+.  While my practice may be virtual, I provide each client a safe, non-judgmental space, in which they are able to explore what they are working through and learn ways to cope and manage.  Together, I meet them where they are at each time they log into a session. When I am not in the office, you can find me at a hockey rink, softball or soccer field. I love spending time outside with my wife and our 4 year old Cavapoo, Ellie.”

Core Areas & Specialties:
  • Adopted youth
  • Anxiety + stress
  • Family conflict
  • Life transitions:
    • youth who are discovering themselves and wanting to live authentically and need support in that transition
    • youth who are transitioning into adulthood
    • Transitioning into post-secondary from high school
  • LGBTQ2IA+ youth
  • Peer relationships
  • Racialized identity/matters/issues
  • Youth who have suffered concussions and are re-integrating into daily routines
  • Youth navigating their faith
Approaches & Frameworks:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 'CBT'
  • Mindfulness based
  • Motivational Interviewing 'MI'
  • Person-centered
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 'SFBT'
  • Strengths based

Jade completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics major in health promotion, minor in psychology as well as her Masters of Social Work at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.


Lauren Gaudet (they/she)


Clinic Director, Registered Social Worker/Counsellor

Individuals - Adults & Older Adults (19 - 100+ years)
Offering services in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario

Hi, my name is Lauren.

“Together we will collaborate to create a customized plan that meets your counselling goals and needs. My approach is empathic, straight-forward, and I like to use humor where appropriate.  I help people understand themselves and their lives better through compassionate curiosity of their inner world interacting with what is going on around them.  Using practical tools and strategies I facilitate people finding their own answers, empowerment and understanding.  It’s important you find a counsellor that is the right fit for you. I look forward to meeting you.  When I am not in the office you will find me at the live-stage theatres or at the local coffee shops and music venues.  I love spending time with my partner, loved ones, and cat: Rupert.”

Core Areas & Specialties:
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Awareness
  • Stress & Work-Life Management
  • Trauma
Approaches & Frameworks:
  • Deep Brain Reorienting 'DBR'
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 'CBT'
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing 'EMDR'
  • Mindfulness
  • Person Centered
  • Safe and Sound Protocol 'SSP'
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 'SFBT'
  • Strengths Based
  • Trauma Informed

Lauren completed their Bachelor of Arts in psychology and cultural studies as well as their Masters of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.


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Join Our Team!

Held Humanity Counselling and Social Services Inc. is now actively recruiting for new counsellors.

  • Are you compassionate, creative, and curious?
  • Do you have a masters degree?
  • Are you a Registered Social Worker or Registered Clinical Counsellor?
  • Interested in joining a group practice?
  • Want to have flexible work hours and work-life balance?
​Interested in joining the team? Reach out to us at admin@heldhumanitycounselling.com with your resume.

We look forward to meeting you!

Send Us Your Resume!

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.


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