Individual and Couples Counsellor
Barry is a Registered Psych Nurse (RPN) with a diploma in counselling and addictions from the U of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has over 34 years experience working within the field of mental health, particularly with youth and adults in crisis management, conflict resolution, assessments, problematic substance use, recovery (abandonment, grief, loss, trauma, co-dependency, shame). Barry has worked in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient care (psych, emergency, chemical dependency, in-reach), community mental health (crisis response, intake, methadone, case management) youth and adult residential treatment centers, private counselling, teaching and panel discussions at UBCO, Okanagan College and high schools.
Barry is passionate about working from a holistic, eclectic approach, on mental health and addiction recovery, irrational beliefs, current and lingering (often painful) emotional wounds from past issues. Barry is equipped to work with complex client needs and has the extensive experience to find new solutions to persistent historical concerns.
Areas of Focus:
Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton offices
Direct Line: 250-317-1524
Individual, Couples, Children Counsellor
Kuljit holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Biological Sciences. Kuljit has over a decade of experience working with children and youth with diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She has extensive knowledge and experience with understanding and supporting a child ’s social, emotional and learning needs. Kuljit focuses on developing the skills of self-regulation, emotional expression, and social perspective taking. Along with her experience with children, Kuljit also supports adults through a holistic approach that focuses on the mind-body connection. She uses her knowledge of brain development, sensory processing, and the impact of trauma to support you along your journey of healing your anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and/or major life transitions.
Location: Kelowna & Vernon offices
Direct Line: 778-233-8504
Individual, Couples, and Group Counsellor
Kim is joining Okanagan Clinical Counselling as a Graduate Student Counsellor (Counsellor-In-Training). She recently completed the academic portion of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University in New Brunswick, and is pursuing her practicum under the supervision of Georgia Brown. Kim will be providing counselling services at a discounted rate while she completes the required hours of graduation and certification.
Kim lives committed to kindness, curiosity and creativity. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) with six years of experience in acute care. Her passion for holistic health and fascination with the mind/body connection led her to pursue a career in counselling psychology. She is also a freelance writer, storyteller, and spoken word poet who uses Narrative Therapy to help individuals investigate the nuance of lived stories. Her practice incorporates bibliotherapy (the use of poems, stories, myths, and novels to invite clients into processes of identification, catharsis, insight and universalization) and writing therapy (using the client’s own narrative style to explore aspects of the psyche and the emotional experience and increase feelings of personal congruence).
As an advocate for mindfulness and self-compassion, Kim empowers people to tune in to their bodies, thoughts, and emotions to gain greater insight into their lived experience. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to challenge beliefs and change perceptions, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to bring awareness to breathe and cultivate present-moment awareness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients transform their relationship to thoughts and feelings. She may also incorporate spiritual and existential approaches when appropriate. In her work with couples, Kim uses Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) to resolve issues related to attachment. EFT helps couples map conflict patterns and move through a process designed to improve intimacy, deepen emotional connections, and create new ways of being in a relationship.
The therapeutic relationship lays the foundation for effective therapy, and as such, Kim works relationally and collaboratively alongside individuals to restore wholeness, develop skills, and facilitate healthy attachment patterns. She brings cultural awareness and sensitivity to her practice and has experience working with First Nations clients as well as LGBTQ2 clients.
Areas of Focus: Grief and Loss, Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, Difficult Life Transitions, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth, Difficult Medical Diagnosis, Health and Wellness, Relationships and Sexuality (LGBTQ2+ friendly)
Location: Kelowna and West Kelowna
Individual, Family and Couples Counsellor
Julie holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a degree in Addiction’s Counselling. The focus of Julie’s practise is working with individuals and couples struggling with communication around evolving sexual desires, alternative relationships, and general sexuality. By working with the client to develop collaborative goals and progress, Julie believes individuals have the power to create their own change. Julie works from an integrative perspective and utilizes Gottman, Family Systems, Narrative, and Humanistic approaches to counselling through a holistic and feminist point of view.
Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton
Direct Line: 250-317-4346
Individual, Couples, Family Counsellor
Alexandra is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Certified Play Therapist. She has over twelve years of experience working with children and families. She has facilitated therapy for first responders with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), RCMP officers, traumatized children, families struggling with attachment, grieving adults and children grasping with a variety of issues.
Her specialities in counselling include:
Her areas of expertise also include parenting/family issues, sexual abuse, attachment issues, life and work stress, and life transitions.
She uses cognitive behavioural therapy, art therapy, play therapy, solution-focused therapy, Gottman couples therapy and Hakomi Somatic therapy, EMDR for children and adults.
She believes that play therapy is a powerful tool to address childhood trauma, behavioural challenges, attachment issues and other challenges. Children can have trouble expressing themselves through talk therapy; however, in a sand tray with toys or a paintbrush in their hands, they can access emotions, articulate fears and work out challenges.
Along these lines, she uses art therapy as an effective, creative approach for people of all ages to explore their challenges and understand themselves better through creating a visual image. She uses art therapy in individual counselling sessions, as a tool for self-exploration, communication, and healing.
Direct Line: 250-212-5096
Georgia is a warm, approachable, and skilled Registered Clinical Counsellor. Her areas of expertise include grief/ loss, trust and communication patterns, relationship breakdowns, life transitions, career counselling, and recovery from substance abuse and addictions. She also holds speciality trauma training and is certified to provide EMDR to those who have experienced adverse life events, recent or historical trauma. Georgia draws on techniques from Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (M-CBT), Satir Family Systems Theory, and Attachment Theory. She is passionate about mental health and wellness across a wide range of different areas and looks forward to learning how to best support you.
Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton offices
Direct Line: 250-801-7462
Registered Clinical Social Worker
Individual, Group, and Teen/Family Counsellor
Dave holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England in Maine. He has 15+ years of counselling experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, community mental health, and teen wilderness therapy programs. In his work with teens and families, he uses a Structural Therapy approach, which could include a combination of individual and family sessions. For helping individuals with mood issues, Dave utilizes a mix of traditional psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural techniques. Dave also has previous certification and experience as an addictions counsellor.
Location: Kelowna Office
Individual and Couples Counsellor
Val earned her Masters degree in Counselling from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Guided by the belief that people are the experts of their own lives, Val will work collaboratively with you to cultivate new ways of looking at problems, help you develop new skills and draw on your strengths to assist you along your journey. She builds a safe and trusting relationship, essential for the work of counselling to occur. Val works with individuals and is trained in and uses Emotionally Focused Therapy when working with couples.
Location: Kelowna, Westbank and Penticton offices
Direct Line: 250-681-5697
Individual, Couples and Group Counsellor
Nicole holds a Masters Degree in Counselling from the University of Fremantle, Australia. She is skilled in working with trauma and mental health concerns. Nicole has worked around the world in Asia, Africa and Australia, assisting individuals to overcome personal adversity and struggle with their mental health challenges. Nicole has worked extensively with PTSD and management of major stress, depression and anxiety. She is also experienced in the area of relationships and sexuality. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and mindfulness-based practices into her work.
Location: Kelowna & Westbank offices
Direct Line: 250 826 4410
Individual and Couples Counsellor, Workshop Facilitator
Tara earned her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of British Columbia. She is skilled in individual and family counselling, as well as group work, conflict resolution and crisis management. She combines integrative practice into her therapy and enjoys using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a tool to work through issues and assist with client concerns.
Location: Kelowna & Westbank offices
Direct Line: 250 212 4201
Individual & Couples Counsellor
Allison holds a Master of Education in Counselling degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a warm and friendly counsellor, specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship concerns. Allison is an LGBTQ friendly counsellor and has worked extensively with this population. She draws on techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. Allison is available to work with both individual adult clients and couples.
Location: Kelowna & Westbank offices
Direct Line: 250 870 8330