Serving the Lower Mainland since 1971, Living Systems Counselling is a leading provider of counselling, training, education and research based on Bowen family systems theory. Our professionals have assisted thousands of individuals and their families to function more effectively in relationships and in life.

Our vision is to contribute to the knowledge of human behavior from a natural systems perspective.

Our mission is to make knowledge of human behavior from a natural systems perspective available to the community by providing counselling, training, education, and research.

Leadership and Administration Team

Katie White, MS, RMFT, RCC, Executive Director. Katie works to move Living Systems’ strategic plan forward. Her goal is to make Living Systems the resource for learning, training, receiving counselling and supervision in Bowen Theory in the Pacific Northwest. Katie has been with Living Systems for ten years and has been working to apply Bowen theory in her counselling, work, and family.

Leila Howard, MA, RCC, Business and Finance Director. Leila oversees the business operations for the Society, including program administration, business & finance, marketing, grant applications, and community outreach. She supervises administrative volunteers and contract work. Leila is part of the conference, website, and marketing committees.

Maybo Lui, RCC, Communications Coordinator. Maybo manages our social media, Counselling Intake and assists the Leadership Team with internal communication, marketing and other admin tasks.

Board of Directors

Mark Smith, M.S.W., R.S.W. President. Mark joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and has been President of the Board of Living Systems Counselling since 2002. He was also a former Co-Chair and a Divorce Coach with Collaborative Divorce Vancouver. Mark is a Bowen family systems therapist in Private Practice.

Ariel Creighton, Member at Large. Ariel previously was Staff Associate at Highlands United Church and is now retired. This is Ariel’s second round of being a member on the Board, having previously been on the Board of the North Shore Counselling Centre for several years.

Erica Guliker, MA, Member at Large. Erica is the Director of Planning and Redevelopment for Providence Health Care. She has a background in Psychiatric and General Nursing holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from the University of Victoria and a Masters Degree from UBC. Erica joined the Board of Living Systems Counselling in 2007.

Contact Mark and the Board of Directors

For the most recent Annual General Report, please click here.

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Become a Member

Joining the Living Systems Counselling Society is a way to support the advancement of Bowen family systems theory and therapy in British Columbia. As a member, you will have a voice in determining the future of this dynamic organization. You will also receive discounts on registration fees for conferences. The membership fee is $10 for one year or $25 for three years. To become a member, please email info@livingsystems.ca for payment options or pay online via PayPal.

Membership Fee


As a non-profit society, Living Systems Counselling depends upon the financial support of individuals, businesses and other organizations who believe in the principles of Bowen family systems theory and therapy. Without their help, we could not continue our work in counseling, training, education and research. All financial donations receive a receipt that can be used for income tax purposes. United Way contributions may be designated to Living Systems Counselling.

To make a donation please email info@livingsystems.ca for payment options or pay online via PayPal.

Please keep a copy for your records. Thank you for your support. We will mail a tax receipt for donations over $20.


Living Systems Counselling depends upon a network of volunteers who give generously of their time, energy and skills. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us.