Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk, MA, MEd, CCC, RCC, RPTSCPT, Counselor in Nanaimo
Human beings are complicated- and so often we attempt to reach out to others using words to express our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviours. With children/youth, we see additional communication barriers because of fewer words and limited life experiences. Being part of a family system should bring safety and emotional support to each family member, but sometimes the family, on its own, cannot do this. This is my work- we become partners in the process of change- discovering strengths, and building on them.
Since words alone do not always tell the full picture, I use my additional training in Play Therapies, Art, Drama, and movement to help clients and myself see what the misunderstandings, pain, confusion, and grief are about. Together we explore how they appeared and ways to more positively manage them.
Beyond my formal education, I have worked in schools, institutions, agencies, foundations and private practice. Having worn the hats of teacher, special needs advocate, workshop and group leader, mental health worker, consultant - I have learned the value of creating relationship first, and allowing the client to lead the process.
Call or Email Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk for a free consultation now - (855) 730-0987


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: University of British Columbia
  • Year Graduated: 2000
  • License No. and State: 1146 British Columbia


  • Avg Cost (per session): $90 - $110
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Canadian extended benefits providers
  • Crime Victim Assistance Program
  • Great-West Life
  • Green Shield Canada
  • HealthFirst
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Residential Historical Abuse Program
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Canada/Play Therapy Supervisor
  • Certificate Date: 0
  • Degree: McGill University/M.Ed.
  • Year graduated: 1973
  • License No. and State: S1171 Association for Play Therapy, Inc.

Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk's Groups

Adults Exploring Play Attitudes

This group is available as a workshop and/or a 3-5 session active participation experience. It draws on art and play-centered activities to explore family-of-origin values and beliefs in order to stimulate and grow positive mental health practices. This is open to adults and adult+ participants, and to both sexes.

More about this group


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Women's Issues
  • Sexual Abuse


  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment, Couples, Self-Esteem
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Cancer
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Adlerian
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Drama and movement
  • Eclectic
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Multicultural
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Sand Play
  • Satir
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016
Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk, MA, MEd, CCC, RCC, RPTSCPT, Counselor in Nanaimo

Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk

Counselor, MA, MEd, CCC, RCC, RPTSCPT