More Than Just My Work

I am a proud and joyful mother to 2 amazing young adults. I enjoy exploring the arts, learning new things, and spying on birds.

Darlene Zidar

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Intern (Previous teacher, addictions counsellor)

Darlene is currently finishing her master’s degree at Yorkville University. Darlene earned BA degrees in both Psychology and Literature at CSULB and a multiple-subject teaching credential from Vanguard University in California. Her first passion was teaching; today, she channels her passion into working with children, teens, couples, and families experiencing symptomology related to neurodiversity and ADHD, bullying, learning challenges, or navigating IEPs and the educational system. She has experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and has worked in the addiction field for many years. Darlene values her cultural heritage and is a proud member of the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma, USA. She values your family’s history and spiritual practices and encourages you to communicate what is vital to you.

Darlene delights in empowering clients to initiate meaningful change in their lives and supports them as they courageously explore new ideas and solutions. She is a creative thinker and problem solver. Her experience with concurrent disorders and substance misuse has informed her calm, non-judgemental perspective. In a session with Darlene, you can expect a warm welcome, genuine kindness, and an occasional moment of levity. She is authentic, curious, and insightful. She wants you to succeed in achieving your goals and dreams.

“Change is not a threat to your life, but an invitation to live.”

I believe today’s modern world is challenging to our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. People can feel isolated, alone, and at a loss for love and connection. I invite discussion about love and happiness, both of which are attainable for you. I enjoy working with clients who are pondering either current roles, new chapters in their lives, or modern societal concerns. I truly love witnessing clients of all ages discover motivation and energy as they learn more about themselves.

Client Focus

Children 7+, Individuals, Parents/Families, Couples

Types of Therapy

Addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, empowerment.


Client and Solution Focused, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness-based CBT, ADHD, parenting, adoption, adulting, relationships


We specialize in a variety of neurodiversity, behavioural, anxiety, attention, learning, social, and emotional problems. We also provide family support through parent coaching, counselling, and reunification.