Emily Veenstra


Emily is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers and a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. She is pleased announce that she is currently accepting new clients.

Emily was born in Vancouver, BC and raised on Vancouver Island. At Queen’s University, she obtained a Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology in 2011. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Emily worked and volunteered with children, youth and families in a variety of capacities which motivated her to complete her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2012. During her Master’s degree, Emily specialized in the Children and Families stream, and worked at a mental health clinic providing individual and family therapy for a range of presenting issues. Emily has experience working with families of all ages, and has also provided counselling for caregivers of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.



In July 2014, Emily moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to her family; back to the mountains and outdoors that she loves. Since she has completed her graduate degree, Emily has been employed working with at-risk youth at a Kelowna not-for-profit agency.

Emily is passionate about building a safe, non-judgmental and caring therapeutic relationship with her clients. She has worked alongside children, teens, families and adults to help them find solutions to a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, behavioural difficulties, and stressful life transitions. She is also enjoys working with seniors and has experience offering compassionate care to senior caregivers and family members.

Emily’s treatment approach is evidenced-based, and client-centered. She is committed to providing an approach and treatment that is always specific to each client’s needs and preferences. Her therapeutic approaches include Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as narrative therapy techniques. Emily knows that her clients want to see results and change. She strives to help children, youth and families set realistic goals that will help address the challenges that caused them to seek counseling.

Please feel free to contact Emily if you have any questions about her services.
She would be happy to provide you with a free initial telephone or email consultation to review whether she can meet your needs.