Robin Engen-Johnson, M.Ed, RCC
Robin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 25 years of experience working with youth, adults and families. She is passionate about working with youth who are experiencing persistent symptoms of concussion and related problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Robin completed her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from the University College of the Cariboo and went onto complete her Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2002. She completed her Masters thesis on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - a Facilitator’s Experience. She continues to have DBT influence her practice, along with other modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and a strong Mindfulness approach. Robin has taken extensive professional development as a trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, neurobiology of addiction and brain injury and concussion.
Robin has worked extensively with Acquired Brain Injury as a neuro-rehab case coordinator for over 10
years managing complex brain injury, including concussion and stroke, mental health concerns and
substance use. She was an instructor for the Community Brain Injury Certificate with Okanagan College.
She moved to Calgary to experience big city life and worked as a crisis counsellor for almost 10 years
with youth and families experiencing hardships. The rest of her life she has been in Kamloops, which she
returned to after having 2 children and missing the close-knit support of a smaller community. Robin has
been working as an addictions counsellor with youth for over a year in a live in treatment program and
served as Program Director for a short time. She loves this work and working with youth and their
families providing support, education and hope for those struggling with addiction. Her goal in
counselling is to foster meaningful relationships and develop effective short-term and long-term plans to
assist with achieving client goals. She is passionate about assisting clients to obtain resources, enhance
support networks and well-being and develop coping skills.
She is an experienced group facilitator with both youth and adults specific to addiction, mental health
and concussion. She is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
through the Brain Injury Association of America. When she is not working she is usually outdoors hiking
and walking with her dog, swimming, and camping in the summer, her favourite time of year. In the winter snow shoeing and walking to keep active is a must but hunkering down with a good book in front
of the fireplace is even better. She loves taking photos and can’t get enough scrapbooking, especially
sipping a caramel machiatto or a good cup of coffee. Nature is an important part of self-care and she
encourages a balanced lifestyle with her clients.
Robin welcomes people from all walks of life and experiences and feels honored to walk alongside
them as part of their journey to better health and wellness.