Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Cate Pelling

Faculty/staff profile

Instructor, Psychology

Cate Pelling



F 308B

MA in Counselling Psychology, RCC

Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology

School of Arts and Science

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and completed a BA in psychology at Simon Fraser University and a MA in Counselling Psychology at U.B.C. My MA thesis focused on the impact of attachment injuries in couple relationships.

I have worked in the counselling field since 1988. I began as a community-based counsellor working with displaced older workers and then later worked with at risk youth and their families. In 1996, I moved into clinical work and spent a number of years as a clinician, couples counsellor and family therapist working in Counselling Services, Adult Mental Health and at Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services. I continue to do some work as a clinical counsellor and family and couple therapist.

In addition to my formal education, I regularly undertake training in empirically validated, emerging approaches within psychotherapy. 

Teaching Courses

Areas of Practice

Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
Trauma-informed practice
Clinical Counselling

Areas of Study

Attachment processes in close relationships
Emotion Focused Therapies


Pelling, C. and Arvay-Buchanan, M. (2004), Experiences of Attachment Injury in Heterosexual Couple Relationships. Canadian Journal of Counselling, Vol 38:4, 289-303.