Paul & Terry Nichols, Pen-y-Bryn Farm


Pen-Y-Bryn Farm takes a holistic approach to mental resiliency and health. The farm is run by Paul and Terry Nichols. Paul is a veteran and horseman and his wife, Terry, is an equine assisted mindfulness instructor and has experience with physical and mental trauma. Together they formed the Communities For Veterans Foundation and conducted a nation wide awareness campaign in 2015 for veterans and PTSD. They are now hosting veterans from across Canada that are coping with PTSD and Operational Stress Injury and 2017 is seeing this expand to include first responders and families.


Dr. Paola Lake

Dr. Paola Lake  Ph.D., R. Psych. (#1699)

Dr. Paola Lake is a registered clinical and rehabilitation psychologist. She enjoys working with adolescents, individuals, and couples.  She has an interest in helping people create positive changes in their lives by overcoming emotional blocks and developing strategies and tools that enhance emotional well-being and the quality of interpersonal relationships.

With over 17 years experience in the mental health field, her background includes working with accident victims, psychiatric clients, individuals with adjustment issues, survivors of abuse and trauma as well as PTSD with veterans and first responders. 

"I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, physical rehabilitation centres, universities, and private practice.  I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples.   I provide interventions such as Hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an approach that is very effective in working with trauma and a variety of disruptive emotions such as depression and anxiety.  Other therapeutic approaches I adopt to help with recovery include cognitive-behavioural, narrative, solution-focused, Gestalt, and psychodynamic.

In my practice I have found it to be very important to work collaboratively with my clients and to help them draw from personal strengths and resources to enhance personal self-leadership and to facilitate enduring change.  I tailor my approaches to each individual’s need and goals.

As well as my work in private practice, I am a monthly guest on “Living for the Health of It,” a radio show on CHLY, 101.7 fm, hosted by Pam Edgar.  This show airs every second Tuesday of the month.  In the past, I hosted a weekly radio show, the Dr. Lake Show, on CHLY, 101.7 fm, community radio for Nanaimo every week for a period of 6 years. This show covered a variety of topics related to enhancing well-being and building resources to enhance resilience."

Joanne Crandall

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                                                 Tanya Garland Certified Yoga Instructor

Tanya is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in Trauma Yoga and Meditation. Yoga’s physical postures promote flexibility, strength, body awareness, and often provide relief from pain. The class is tailored to the  veteran's needs, many of whom have other health conditions or serious physical limitations.

Yoga directly addresses the fight-or-flight response, which is at the heart of PTSD. Participants will become more aware of the responses that occur in their bodies and will learn tools to retrain their bodies responses. Yoga deals directly with the mind-body connection, it helps veterans reconnect their bodies, minds, and emotions. 

Other benefits of yoga include:

  • The release of emotional issues.
  • Help towards relaxing and strengthening the body.
  • Unfreezing bad memories and creating new bodily memories.
  • Giving feelings of joy and personal empowerment.
  • The mind becomes more clear and open.
  • It produces acceptance of the self.
  • A regular yoga practice helps alleviate symptoms of PTSD including anger, anxiety, depression, guilt and paranoia.

Practicing yoga can be an effective way to minimize and manage chronic pain and reduce stress.  Movements and poses are gentle, flowing, and incorporate slow, deep breathing styles which encourage cleansing of the spirit and quieting of the mind. Meditation will also be included in our program and is a great tool to help create focus and relaxation in the present moment.

Emma Jarrett

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Lindsay Chung

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Kathryn Houghtaling

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