Nicole Ripley


Born and raised in Nelson, BC, Nicole spent many years working, travelling, volunteering and studying across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is passionate about global issues and strives to educate and inform people about global struggles. She is driven by improving her own as well as others overall well being and hopes to be a pivotal figure in reducing the impacts of mental health stigma. While travelling in Cambodia, she had her first experience volunteering with underprivileged families, here she discovered the joy of helping people overcome adversity – and experienced the solace of life more fully. Mountains & nature exploration, hiking, camping, and reading are all are passions outside of Nicole’s work. Kelowna is home to her and she enjoys all the Okanagan has to offer.


Nicole is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is currently accepting new clients. Her office is located in beautiful Kelowna BC.

She was born in the West Kootenays, in Nelson BC and moved to Kelowna in 2005, where she completed her undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Psychology at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. She earned her Masters degree in Counselling while studying overseas at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Australia.

She has experience in the assessment and treatment of a broad range of psychological issues, including depression & anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and trauma/PTSD. She also has experience providing clinical services for people experiencing chronic pain, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), transitional life issues (i.e. bereavement, occupational), stress, relationship issues, and other life adversities.

Nicole’s treatment approach incorporates the use of evidence-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) & mindfulness techniques, as well as solution-focused and narrative therapeutic techniques. Her background includes experience as a clinician in a variety of roles and settings. She was a trainer in hospitals in remote areas of Australia, townships of South Africa, safe houses for exploited women in Nepal, juvenile detention centres, residential treatment centres, post-secondary institutions, groups homes, community mental health agencies and small private practice settings.

She has worked with children, youth, adults and families. Her academic and clinical placement hours took place in Canada, South Africa and Australia. She has diverse experiences facilitating therapy and educational groups for adolescents and adults, and has worked many years as a clinical educator in international mental health settings such as Cambodia, Nepal and India.

Please feel free to contact Nicole 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.



British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (Current Registration #10535)

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Member of Good Standing)


Master of CounsellingUniversity of Notre Dame, Australia
Bachelor of Arts in PsychologyUniversity of British Columbia
Associate of Arts Degree in PsychologyOkanagan College
Certificate IV in AddictionsCurtin University, Australia


BC Council for International Co-operation
Kelowna Community Resources
Living Positive Resource Centre
Niranjana Public Welfare Trust
ABC Nepal