info@okclinical.com
250.718.9291

Our Team

 

  • Breanna Shanque, M.S.W, Student
    Breanna Shanque, M.S.W, Student
  • Kimberly Fraser, RN, BN, MACP Student
    Kimberly Fraser, RN, BN, MACP Student
  • Julie Wright, Provisional Therapist
    Julie Wright, Provisional Therapist
  • Shelaine Grant, B.S.W., M.S.W
    Shelaine Grant, B.S.W., M.S.W
    Registered Social Worker
  • Georgia Brown, M.ED. RCC
    Georgia Brown, M.ED. RCC
    Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • Lauren Gaudet, B.A., M.S.W.
    Lauren Gaudet, B.A., M.S.W.
    Registered Social Worker
  • Dave Scully, B.A., M.S.W.
    Dave Scully, B.A., M.S.W.
    Registered Clinical Social Worker
  • Val Harbour, M.Couns
    Val Harbour, M.Couns
    Canadian Certified Counsellor
  • Nicole Ripley, B.A Psyc, M.Couns
    Nicole Ripley, B.A Psyc, M.Couns
    Registered Clinical Counsellor - Clinic Owner/Director
  • Tara S. Klassen, B.S.W., M.S.W.
    Tara S. Klassen, B.S.W., M.S.W.
    Registered Social Worker
  • Allison Crosby, B.A Psyc, M.Ed. Counsel
    Allison Crosby, B.A Psyc, M.Ed. Counsel
    Registered Clinical Counsellor
 
Breanna Shanque, M.S.W, Student

Breanna is a Masters of Social Work Student at the University of British Columbia and has recently completed the academic portion of her Masters degree.  She holds an Honours Bachelors of Social Work from Western University in London, Ontario with a Major in Thanatology (the study of death, dying and Bereavement). Prior to that, Breanna attended Loyalist College in Belleville, ON and completed the Social Service Worker Diploma program.

Her professional experiences include working with various age groups in both government and

community agencies. Some of these include hospices, child welfare, Brain Tumour Foundation

of Canada, and a pregnancy and family care center.

Breanna will be observing individual, couples, and group counselling sessions under

practicum supervisor Lauren Gaudet.

Interests:

• Grief & Loss

• Depression

• Autoimmune Disease Management

• Difficult Life Transitions

• Self-Esteem and Personal Growth

• PTSD (specifically Military related)

 

Kimberly Fraser, RN, BN, MACP Student

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

Office: 250-718-9291

Email:

Julie Wright, Provisional Therapist

Individual, Family and Couples Counsellor

Julie holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and an undergraduate 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

Email: 

Shelaine Grant, B.S.W., M.S.W
Registered Social Worker

Child/teen, family and group therapist

Shelaine holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and continues her education with the European Graduate School’s Expressive Arts Therapy program. Working from a calm and collaborative approach, the foundation of Shelaine’s practice is the use of creativity for empowerment and healing. She has experience with assessing and treating childhood mental health as well as supporting children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Shelaine utilizes integrative theories in supporting clients, including Expressive Arts Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton

Direct Line: 780-907-0261

Email: Shelaine@okclinical.com

 

Georgia Brown, M.ED. RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Georgia is an approachable, warm, and friendly Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has extensive experience working with substance use and abuse. She also specializes in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. Georgia draws on techniques from Cognitive Mindfulness Behaviour Theory, Satir Family Systems Theory, and Attachment Theory.

 

 

Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton offices

 

Direct Line: 250-801-7462

 

Email:

Lauren Gaudet, B.A., M.S.W.
Registered Social Worker

Individual, Group and Couples Counsellor

Teens – Adults – Seniors

Lauren holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. As an inclusive, non-judgemental and client-centered therapist, Lauren strongly believes that trust and collaboration are two of the pillars to successful counselling.  Her approach to counselling is collaborative and her role is to help facilitate a therapeutic environment that enables you to overcome adversity, build resiliency, and learn to problem solve. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, and older adults individually, as well as in group therapy on various clinical concerns. Lauren utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to assist clients through various life challenges. Online and phone-based counselling are also offered for individuals who are seeking flexibility and extra privacy.

 

Location: Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton

Direct Line: 250 859 9465

Email:

Dave Scully, B.A., M.S.W.
Registered Clinical Social Worker

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

Direct Line:250-549-0567

Email:

Val Harbour, M.Couns
Canadian Certified Counsellor

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, and have personal skills and resources to draw on, Val will work collaboratively with you to build a plan based on your needs, and strengths. She builds a safe and trusting relationship, essential for the work of counselling to occur. Val works with both individuals and couples.

 

Location: Westbank and Penticton offices

Direct Line: 250-681-5697

Email: 

Nicole Ripley, B.A Psyc, M.Couns
Registered Clinical Counsellor - Clinic Owner/Director

Individual, Couples and Group Counsellor

Clinic Director

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

Email: 

 

Tara S. Klassen, B.S.W., M.S.W.
Registered Social Worker

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

Email: tara@okclinical.com

Allison Crosby, B.A Psyc, M.Ed. Counsel
Registered Clinical Counsellor

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

Email: allison@okclinical.com