Chronic Illness Therapists in Kelowna, BC

Photo of Avril Paice, Registered Social Worker in Kelowna, BC
Avril Paice
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1X
Waitlist for new clients
My clients want a safe place where they will be deeply heard, understood, and validated. Many of my clients had childhoods that were lacking in nurturing. I support adults who are dealing with issues such as self-care and worthiness struggles, unresolved emotional wounds, body acceptance and battles with diet culture, chronic illness/pain, disability, anxiety, depression, relationship/family conflict, and grief/loss. Come enjoy a complimentary beverage, unload what weighs on your heart, and leave feeling supported, lighter, and more hopeful.
My clients want a safe place where they will be deeply heard, understood, and validated. Many of my clients had childhoods that were lacking in nurturing. I support adults who are dealing with issues such as self-care and worthiness struggles, unresolved emotional wounds, body acceptance and battles with diet culture, chronic illness/pain, disability, anxiety, depression, relationship/family conflict, and grief/loss. Come enjoy a complimentary beverage, unload what weighs on your heart, and leave feeling supported, lighter, and more hopeful.
(604) 210-3860 View (604) 210-3860
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Chantale Elliott
Counsellor, RTC, CCATP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Do you struggle with anxiety, chronic illness, pain, or grief that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to find balance? Do you feel exhausted by the challenges of managing mental health or overwhelmed by the pressure to meet other's standards? Do you hope for a better, more integrated approach to your well-being? Now more than ever, individuals seeking a holistic approach to health and mental wellness are feeling uncertain about overcoming personal challenges. I believe that living better shouldn't be so hard, change is possible, and there's hope and answers.
Do you struggle with anxiety, chronic illness, pain, or grief that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to find balance? Do you feel exhausted by the challenges of managing mental health or overwhelmed by the pressure to meet other's standards? Do you hope for a better, more integrated approach to your well-being? Now more than ever, individuals seeking a holistic approach to health and mental wellness are feeling uncertain about overcoming personal challenges. I believe that living better shouldn't be so hard, change is possible, and there's hope and answers.
(604) 706-1907 View (604) 706-1907
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Judith Adams Counselling
Counsellor, RPC, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
I specialize in the psychological and emotional aspects of : Anxiety, Caring for People with Dementia, Chronic Illness, Living with an Ostomy, Parenting Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pregnancy, Birthing and Motherhood, and Relationship Crisis and Marital Breakdown.
I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. I counsel individuals who struggle with anxiety caused by health, relationships, parenting or caregiving issues. My approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My professional experience includes teaching and caregiving roles. I have cared for elders with dementia and provided customized sessions to improve their cognition. As a Homestay provider, I hosted 49 international students. I have raised four children.
I specialize in the psychological and emotional aspects of : Anxiety, Caring for People with Dementia, Chronic Illness, Living with an Ostomy, Parenting Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pregnancy, Birthing and Motherhood, and Relationship Crisis and Marital Breakdown.
I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. I counsel individuals who struggle with anxiety caused by health, relationships, parenting or caregiving issues. My approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My professional experience includes teaching and caregiving roles. I have cared for elders with dementia and provided customized sessions to improve their cognition. As a Homestay provider, I hosted 49 international students. I have raised four children.
(888) 312-8777 View (888) 312-8777
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Tanis Burnett
Counsellor, MC, CVRP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Have you been struggling to adjust to a "new normal" after having an accident? Or, maybe you've tried talking to family and friends about your injury or illness, but they don't seem to understand you? Whether you've been injured in an accident or on the ski hill, or if you've recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that impacts your daily life, working with a therapist with experience with injury rehabilitation and chronic illness could help you regain a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Have you been struggling to adjust to a "new normal" after having an accident? Or, maybe you've tried talking to family and friends about your injury or illness, but they don't seem to understand you? Whether you've been injured in an accident or on the ski hill, or if you've recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that impacts your daily life, working with a therapist with experience with injury rehabilitation and chronic illness could help you regain a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
(250) 899-2400 View (250) 899-2400
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Megan Jamieson
Counsellor, CD, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Some of my areas of focus include working with veterans, first responders, health care workers, male survivors of sexual violence, suicidal ideation and self-harm, people dealing with the impact of trauma and PTSD, late in life ADHD diagnosis, chronic illness, as well as major life transitions.
I believe one of the most courageous things you can do is begin to understand your own story. I remember what it feels like to be on your side of the couch, overwhelmed by the idea of sharing my most vulnerable stories. When we've hit (or passed) the point of burnout, or we have a stressful experience like a loss or traumatic event, it can be hard to imagine finding joy or fulfillment again. You deserve a space to discover your strengths, make sense of your experiences, and find a meaningful path forward.
Some of my areas of focus include working with veterans, first responders, health care workers, male survivors of sexual violence, suicidal ideation and self-harm, people dealing with the impact of trauma and PTSD, late in life ADHD diagnosis, chronic illness, as well as major life transitions.
I believe one of the most courageous things you can do is begin to understand your own story. I remember what it feels like to be on your side of the couch, overwhelmed by the idea of sharing my most vulnerable stories. When we've hit (or passed) the point of burnout, or we have a stressful experience like a loss or traumatic event, it can be hard to imagine finding joy or fulfillment again. You deserve a space to discover your strengths, make sense of your experiences, and find a meaningful path forward.
(825) 435-1063 View (825) 435-1063
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Noke' Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Kristin! I have over ten years experience in walking alongside individuals who are going through difficulties, whether mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. My clinical approach is informed by my experience working in mental health and community services. I have had the privilege of supporting individuals on their path with depression, anxiety, (inter-generational) trauma, grief, chronic illness/pain, life transitions, and identity concerns. My perspective is that you are the expert of your own life and together we can create a safe space to explore your inner knowing and path forward.
Hi I'm Kristin! I have over ten years experience in walking alongside individuals who are going through difficulties, whether mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. My clinical approach is informed by my experience working in mental health and community services. I have had the privilege of supporting individuals on their path with depression, anxiety, (inter-generational) trauma, grief, chronic illness/pain, life transitions, and identity concerns. My perspective is that you are the expert of your own life and together we can create a safe space to explore your inner knowing and path forward.
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Ashley Phillips
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Waitlist for new clients
Life is filled with ups and downs. I can help you manage stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders / disordered eating including binge eating, emotional / overeating, and unhealthy relationships with food, body image issues, and coping with chronic Illness.
Life is filled with ups and downs. I can help you manage stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders / disordered eating including binge eating, emotional / overeating, and unhealthy relationships with food, body image issues, and coping with chronic Illness.
(855) 510-2175 View (855) 510-2175
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Jessica Hughes
Counsellor, RPC, CEPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1P
I specialize in life transitions, personal/spiritual growth, chronic illness, end of life, grief & loss and holistic health and wellness lifestyle practices.
Are you tired of being stuck? Tired of beating yourself up? Board with the same old strategies that don't work? Are you ready for change? Many people experience times in their lives when they begin to feel overwhelmed and have difficulty coping. Feelings of shame, fear, loneliness, anger and hurt can have us feeling trapped and like we will never be okay. Counselling can often help people to transition to a place of balance, where they are much better able to cope, and not feel as overwhelmed. Not only will they be better able to cope, they can develop strategies that can make their lives more manageable and balanced in the future.
I specialize in life transitions, personal/spiritual growth, chronic illness, end of life, grief & loss and holistic health and wellness lifestyle practices.
Are you tired of being stuck? Tired of beating yourself up? Board with the same old strategies that don't work? Are you ready for change? Many people experience times in their lives when they begin to feel overwhelmed and have difficulty coping. Feelings of shame, fear, loneliness, anger and hurt can have us feeling trapped and like we will never be okay. Counselling can often help people to transition to a place of balance, where they are much better able to cope, and not feel as overwhelmed. Not only will they be better able to cope, they can develop strategies that can make their lives more manageable and balanced in the future.
(289) 216-5729 View (289) 216-5729
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Lisa Calder Counselling - Clinical Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RCC, BCRPT, EXAT
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1P
My clients are children and adults, individuals, couples, and families interested in obtaining support for healing and growth from trauma, grief, chronic illness, anxiety and depression. I employ clinical and expressive art therapy and traditional methods. I provide support to professional caregivers, front-line workers, and counsellors, via individual counselling, expressive therapy sessions, and training . I also have experience providing clinical supervision for counsellors and social work students. I focus on discovering HOPE and strengths while helping you meet your challenges, whether they are personal, family or work related.
My clients are children and adults, individuals, couples, and families interested in obtaining support for healing and growth from trauma, grief, chronic illness, anxiety and depression. I employ clinical and expressive art therapy and traditional methods. I provide support to professional caregivers, front-line workers, and counsellors, via individual counselling, expressive therapy sessions, and training . I also have experience providing clinical supervision for counsellors and social work students. I focus on discovering HOPE and strengths while helping you meet your challenges, whether they are personal, family or work related.
(587) 507-4486 View (587) 507-4486
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Carla Friesen Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Overwhelmed with parenting? Is your child struggling and needing support? Are you stressed out? Anxious? Trying to manage chronic pain/illness and not really participating in life? My name is Carla and I am here to listen, understand, and partner with you to create change. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), as well as a former teacher and school counsellor.
Overwhelmed with parenting? Is your child struggling and needing support? Are you stressed out? Anxious? Trying to manage chronic pain/illness and not really participating in life? My name is Carla and I am here to listen, understand, and partner with you to create change. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), as well as a former teacher and school counsellor.
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Photo of Christina Postnikoff, Registered Social Worker in Kelowna, BC
Christina Postnikoff
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
My name is Christina, and I am a Registered Social Worker passionate about providing my clients with empathic support throughout their mental health journey. I recognize how intimidating it can be to reach out! My goal is to provide a safe space where clients are met with empathy and care. I believe that mental well-being fluctuates, depending on our sense of self, our surroundings and the season of life. Together, we can sort through the difficult parts of being human.
My name is Christina, and I am a Registered Social Worker passionate about providing my clients with empathic support throughout their mental health journey. I recognize how intimidating it can be to reach out! My goal is to provide a safe space where clients are met with empathy and care. I believe that mental well-being fluctuates, depending on our sense of self, our surroundings and the season of life. Together, we can sort through the difficult parts of being human.
(289) 815-2689 View (289) 815-2689
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Kathleen Williscroft
Counsellor, BA, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1W  (Online Only)
Whether you are looking to improve your relationships, focusing on personal growth, or healing from past wounds, you are in the right place. I believe that we have all that we need to heal ourselves within us, but sometimes we need the help of a compassionate person, such as a counsellor, in reconnecting to that part of ourselves. If you've been feeling isolated with your thoughts, emotions, and experiences, know that you are not alone even though it may seem that way at times.
Whether you are looking to improve your relationships, focusing on personal growth, or healing from past wounds, you are in the right place. I believe that we have all that we need to heal ourselves within us, but sometimes we need the help of a compassionate person, such as a counsellor, in reconnecting to that part of ourselves. If you've been feeling isolated with your thoughts, emotions, and experiences, know that you are not alone even though it may seem that way at times.
(506) 700-2627 View (506) 700-2627
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Kyle J Culham
Counsellor, RPC-C
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
My approach to counselling is very much rooted in the here and now. My goal is to help you get through whatever life difficulties you are facing and help equip you with the skills and insight to handle anything else that may come up in the future. Although our main focus will be helping you with the immediate issues at hand, I find value in looking at past behaviors and incidents to better help you understand how your emotions may be effecting your current situations. Each person is unique, therefore, your sessions will be tailored to best serve you and help you grow in the areas you wish to see improvement in.
My approach to counselling is very much rooted in the here and now. My goal is to help you get through whatever life difficulties you are facing and help equip you with the skills and insight to handle anything else that may come up in the future. Although our main focus will be helping you with the immediate issues at hand, I find value in looking at past behaviors and incidents to better help you understand how your emotions may be effecting your current situations. Each person is unique, therefore, your sessions will be tailored to best serve you and help you grow in the areas you wish to see improvement in.
(819) 410-9732 View (819) 410-9732
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Nikki Williams
Counsellor, Med , RCC
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an empathic and educated approach to challenging life situations. I specialize in supporting professional adults including health care workers, teachers, mental health professionals and government employees. I provide short term counselling for solutions to specific problems and longer term therapy to address patterns of challenging behavior. In this current world climate we are collectively experiencing unexpected life changes. I am dedicated to provide space to share and discuss issues that have come up in these challenging times.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an empathic and educated approach to challenging life situations. I specialize in supporting professional adults including health care workers, teachers, mental health professionals and government employees. I provide short term counselling for solutions to specific problems and longer term therapy to address patterns of challenging behavior. In this current world climate we are collectively experiencing unexpected life changes. I am dedicated to provide space to share and discuss issues that have come up in these challenging times.
(778) 800-3977 View (778) 800-3977
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Teresa Moseley
Counsellor, MSc, RCC, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Living with ADHD is exhausting. You walk around everyday trying to escape the hamster wheel that just won't stop spinning. And worst, you have to mask around others just to appear "normal". You are drowning in even the simplest of tasks; living out of a laundry basket of unfolded clothes with day three of unwashed hair and did you even eat today? Life feels like chaos all the time! Did we mention the focus and time? Your probably even reading this after doom scrolling for the past three hours. But don't beat yourself up because of it. I'm Neurodivergent too; and I understand! Life doesn’t have to fit together perfectly like Lego!
Living with ADHD is exhausting. You walk around everyday trying to escape the hamster wheel that just won't stop spinning. And worst, you have to mask around others just to appear "normal". You are drowning in even the simplest of tasks; living out of a laundry basket of unfolded clothes with day three of unwashed hair and did you even eat today? Life feels like chaos all the time! Did we mention the focus and time? Your probably even reading this after doom scrolling for the past three hours. But don't beat yourself up because of it. I'm Neurodivergent too; and I understand! Life doesn’t have to fit together perfectly like Lego!
(705) 805-9443 View (705) 805-9443
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Three Sisters Clinical Counselling
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, BPEH, RT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
We believe the client + counsellor must fit, so we have multiple practitioners with two locations so you can choose a therapist with whom you connect. Each of us endeavour to understand you and your experiences. We have a deep interest in how emotional regulation, identity and family dynamics can be factors that contribute to and protect people in the development of physical and mental health disorders. Our counselling styles can be described as empathic & solution-focused. We provide an environment free from judgement and believe honesty and acceptance are fundamental to personal growth and change.
We believe the client + counsellor must fit, so we have multiple practitioners with two locations so you can choose a therapist with whom you connect. Each of us endeavour to understand you and your experiences. We have a deep interest in how emotional regulation, identity and family dynamics can be factors that contribute to and protect people in the development of physical and mental health disorders. Our counselling styles can be described as empathic & solution-focused. We provide an environment free from judgement and believe honesty and acceptance are fundamental to personal growth and change.
(778) 719-6029 View (778) 719-6029
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Terri-Lynn Kent
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Hello! My name is Terri-Lynn and I would welcome the opportunity to offer you support and guidance as you navigate your current challenges. I will strive to create a safe, relaxed and healing space for you to tell your story and to collaborate with you towards the development of strategies to reach your goals. To assist you with this therapeutic process, I will draw upon my 20+ years of clinical experience in health care, having worked closely with individuals and families living with dementia, cancer, persistent pain, developmental disabilities, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.
Hello! My name is Terri-Lynn and I would welcome the opportunity to offer you support and guidance as you navigate your current challenges. I will strive to create a safe, relaxed and healing space for you to tell your story and to collaborate with you towards the development of strategies to reach your goals. To assist you with this therapeutic process, I will draw upon my 20+ years of clinical experience in health care, having worked closely with individuals and families living with dementia, cancer, persistent pain, developmental disabilities, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.
(778) 477-0066 View (778) 477-0066
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Sandy Boon
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Although not all of the last 30+ years of Sandy's professional career has been spent exclusively practicing therapy, Sandy has passionately helped children, families, couples and corporations through her work as an educator, therapist, consultant and ardent volunteer in the area of Mental Health. Sandy develops a therapeutic relationship with her clients that is respectful, and collaborative. She helps clients focus on creating solutions while intensely listening and understanding the individuals thoughts and behaviours within the context of their culture and unique story.
Although not all of the last 30+ years of Sandy's professional career has been spent exclusively practicing therapy, Sandy has passionately helped children, families, couples and corporations through her work as an educator, therapist, consultant and ardent volunteer in the area of Mental Health. Sandy develops a therapeutic relationship with her clients that is respectful, and collaborative. She helps clients focus on creating solutions while intensely listening and understanding the individuals thoughts and behaviours within the context of their culture and unique story.
(778) 761-4489 View (778) 761-4489
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Making Strides Counselling and Wellness
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1X
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, insecure, angry, or overwhelmed? Are you struggling to feel balanced, to manage your stress and build healthier relationships? Are you lost or stuck on the road to what you know deep down is your true self and best life? Imagine how far you could go and how easy it would be if you turned your steps into strides. As a registered social worker with over 15 years of counselling experience, it begins by you pushing aside the stigmas of mental health, reaching out for support, and confronting your fears. I am here to guide you along that path that most of us find confusing and overwhelming.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, insecure, angry, or overwhelmed? Are you struggling to feel balanced, to manage your stress and build healthier relationships? Are you lost or stuck on the road to what you know deep down is your true self and best life? Imagine how far you could go and how easy it would be if you turned your steps into strides. As a registered social worker with over 15 years of counselling experience, it begins by you pushing aside the stigmas of mental health, reaching out for support, and confronting your fears. I am here to guide you along that path that most of us find confusing and overwhelming.
(226) 455-6763 View (226) 455-6763
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Richelle Reid
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kelowna, BC V1V  (Online Only)
Individual and Family Counselling: Navigating life's challenges requires support. I can offer non-judgmental compassion and direction for individuals and families facing OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health issues. Whether you're managing your own mental health or supporting a family member, you can be empowered with some practical tools. Let us guide you on a path toward what matters most.
Individual and Family Counselling: Navigating life's challenges requires support. I can offer non-judgmental compassion and direction for individuals and families facing OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health issues. Whether you're managing your own mental health or supporting a family member, you can be empowered with some practical tools. Let us guide you on a path toward what matters most.
(250) 215-0949 View (250) 215-0949

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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.