Depression Therapists in Kelowna, BC

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Photo of A Path of Heart Counselling Services, Registered Social Worker in Kelowna, BC
A Path of Heart Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Presently, using Robin uses Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to help a number of individuals and couples to recover from feeling stuck in high activation states of anxiety, stress, and anger, as well as people stuck in low energy states of depression, helplessness, negativity and an overall lack of motivation.
Robin Morgan specializes in both Individual and Couples Therapy, and creates a safe space for you to tell your story, to be heard, and to be understood. From the first phone call, to the first consultation in her office, Robin puts you at ease with her accepting and gentle demeanor. With Robin's guidance, you too can rebuild trust and rediscover the emotional, physical, and sexual intimacy you desire.
Presently, using Robin uses Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to help a number of individuals and couples to recover from feeling stuck in high activation states of anxiety, stress, and anger, as well as people stuck in low energy states of depression, helplessness, negativity and an overall lack of motivation.
Robin Morgan specializes in both Individual and Couples Therapy, and creates a safe space for you to tell your story, to be heard, and to be understood. From the first phone call, to the first consultation in her office, Robin puts you at ease with her accepting and gentle demeanor. With Robin's guidance, you too can rebuild trust and rediscover the emotional, physical, and sexual intimacy you desire.
(431) 304-5933 View (431) 304-5933
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Katelyn Schouten
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, BSc
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Kate is the owner and a RCC (registered clinical counsellor) at Next Step Counselling group. Kate is a compassionate therapist looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. She's dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. She specializes in areas such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Kate can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. As a busy mom of three, she understands that life can have many challenges, and her goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
Kate is the owner and a RCC (registered clinical counsellor) at Next Step Counselling group. Kate is a compassionate therapist looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. She's dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. She specializes in areas such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Kate can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. As a busy mom of three, she understands that life can have many challenges, and her goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
(778) 761-3453 View (778) 761-3453
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Kuljit Bhullar
BSc, MCP, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1P
I have extensive experience working with children and youth diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience in the counselling field. I hold a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I have extensive experience helping clients overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues. I also work closely with new parents providing support during pregnancy and postpartum. I use a holistic counselling approach, in which I integrate my background in Biology and Psychology to focus on the mind-body connection to ensure that client's feel supported in all areas of life.
I have extensive experience working with children and youth diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience in the counselling field. I hold a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I have extensive experience helping clients overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues. I also work closely with new parents providing support during pregnancy and postpartum. I use a holistic counselling approach, in which I integrate my background in Biology and Psychology to focus on the mind-body connection to ensure that client's feel supported in all areas of life.
(343) 321-1238 View (343) 321-1238
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Kristen Hamilton-Block
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Do you find yourself feeling stuck lately? Struggling to feel connected with yourself and those around you? Have you been feeling lonely, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Maybe you're noticing that your past is having a negative impact on your present. So many of us find ourselves making the same mistakes; repeating old patterns, again and again. This often leaves us feeling defeated, invalidated and powerless in our very own lives. I am passionate about helping clients identify and overcome the obstacles that keep them from reaching their full potential.
Do you find yourself feeling stuck lately? Struggling to feel connected with yourself and those around you? Have you been feeling lonely, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Maybe you're noticing that your past is having a negative impact on your present. So many of us find ourselves making the same mistakes; repeating old patterns, again and again. This often leaves us feeling defeated, invalidated and powerless in our very own lives. I am passionate about helping clients identify and overcome the obstacles that keep them from reaching their full potential.
(778) 654-2553 View (778) 654-2553
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Praveen Parmar
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Praveen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) possessing a range of experience in delivering counselling services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Praveen has worked in various settings, where she has had the opportunity to assist individuals that have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. In addition, Praveen is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and holds a particular interest and skill set in multicultural counselling.
Praveen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) possessing a range of experience in delivering counselling services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Praveen has worked in various settings, where she has had the opportunity to assist individuals that have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. In addition, Praveen is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and holds a particular interest and skill set in multicultural counselling.
(778) 744-0857 View (778) 744-0857
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Allie Huggins
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
My expertise is working with people-pleasing tendencies, boundary-setting, and assertiveness. I specialize primarily in anxiety and depression. I prefer a holistic, humanistic, and existential approach to therapy. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC and a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle. I have over seven years of experience as a Mental Health Worker for various non-profit organizations and continue with ongoing training and workshops. My style is direct, warm, and client-centered. Please reach out for a free 15-minute consult if you have further questions.
My expertise is working with people-pleasing tendencies, boundary-setting, and assertiveness. I specialize primarily in anxiety and depression. I prefer a holistic, humanistic, and existential approach to therapy. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC and a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle. I have over seven years of experience as a Mental Health Worker for various non-profit organizations and continue with ongoing training and workshops. My style is direct, warm, and client-centered. Please reach out for a free 15-minute consult if you have further questions.
(236) 599-4048 View (236) 599-4048
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Haile Michaelson, BA(psych), ND(retired), CHt
BAPsych, ND(np), CHT
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
I am trained in a few styles of hypnotherapy and coaching, and use a combination of modalities, guided meditations, and programs to treat fears, traumas, anxiety, depression, binge eating, chronic dieting, and bulimia and other patterns.
As a retired naturopathic doctor, trained psychic intuitive and clinical hypnotherapist certified in Soul Design, I will help you move past blocks to healing, self-sabotaging patterns, and places you are stuck. Subconscious mindset work is often needed to create true freedom, full trauma recovery, and deeper healing. I have studied the mind-body-soul dynamic for more than 20 years. I previously practiced clinical medicine for 10 years as a naturopathic doctor, with a practice specialized in mental health and eating disorders. I retired from medicine, to fully dive into intuitive coaching, subconscious mastery and soul level healin
I am trained in a few styles of hypnotherapy and coaching, and use a combination of modalities, guided meditations, and programs to treat fears, traumas, anxiety, depression, binge eating, chronic dieting, and bulimia and other patterns.
As a retired naturopathic doctor, trained psychic intuitive and clinical hypnotherapist certified in Soul Design, I will help you move past blocks to healing, self-sabotaging patterns, and places you are stuck. Subconscious mindset work is often needed to create true freedom, full trauma recovery, and deeper healing. I have studied the mind-body-soul dynamic for more than 20 years. I previously practiced clinical medicine for 10 years as a naturopathic doctor, with a practice specialized in mental health and eating disorders. I retired from medicine, to fully dive into intuitive coaching, subconscious mastery and soul level healin
(778) 784-4206 View (778) 784-4206
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Elizabeth (Beth) Forbes: Online - Ptsd Trauma Related Concerns
Psychologist, R Psych
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
Do strong emotions and memories impact how you live? Unresolved trauma and chronic stress can create negative thoughts and feelings and negatively impact our overall well-being. We may experience anxiety/depression, addiction, chronic stress, etc. Coping mechanisms may become ineffective or even harmful over time. Are you new to therapy - or have been to therapy before - call to discuss how trauma therapy may help.
Do strong emotions and memories impact how you live? Unresolved trauma and chronic stress can create negative thoughts and feelings and negatively impact our overall well-being. We may experience anxiety/depression, addiction, chronic stress, etc. Coping mechanisms may become ineffective or even harmful over time. Are you new to therapy - or have been to therapy before - call to discuss how trauma therapy may help.
(579) 500-1786 View (579) 500-1786
Photo of Izabella Zalewski, Counsellor in Kelowna, BC
Izabella Zalewski
Counsellor, BA, MACP, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1W
If you suffer from depression, anxiety or OCD, I will be honored to offer non-judgmental compassion and tools from my extensive knowledge of therapies to guide you towards hope and a life worth getting excited for.
Do you wake up in the morning with dread and little energy at the thought of getting up and facing the day, or feel anxious and overwhelmed when facing daily tasks that seem simple to everyone else? Do you find yourself repeating patterns of thought or behavior to calm yourself from thoughts of incoming dread and wonder if if it's OCD? Or perhaps it feels like all you and your partner seem to do lately is argue, feel impatient with one another and seem to misunderstand what each of you is trying to communicate. Do you look at your partner, feel disconnected and lonely and wonder "what happened to us?"
If you suffer from depression, anxiety or OCD, I will be honored to offer non-judgmental compassion and tools from my extensive knowledge of therapies to guide you towards hope and a life worth getting excited for.
Do you wake up in the morning with dread and little energy at the thought of getting up and facing the day, or feel anxious and overwhelmed when facing daily tasks that seem simple to everyone else? Do you find yourself repeating patterns of thought or behavior to calm yourself from thoughts of incoming dread and wonder if if it's OCD? Or perhaps it feels like all you and your partner seem to do lately is argue, feel impatient with one another and seem to misunderstand what each of you is trying to communicate. Do you look at your partner, feel disconnected and lonely and wonder "what happened to us?"
(587) 844-0721 View (587) 844-0721
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Alive Counselling
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, Cyber, Counsel
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1X
We are a mental health clinic in Kelowna, BC that has a fantastic team of RCC therapists to find the right fit for YOU, your uniqued needs, story, and schedule. We believe the right fit is the most important part, that is why we have various specialities from anxiety, stress, depression, couples, athletes, body image, disordered eating, confidence, CBT, postpartum, trauma, emdr, and more. We serve children, youth, teens, adults, individuals, couples and families. We offer online, phone, walk and talk therapy, and in office counselling at our two clinic locations in Kelowna. See www.alivecounselling.com for more information :)
We are a mental health clinic in Kelowna, BC that has a fantastic team of RCC therapists to find the right fit for YOU, your uniqued needs, story, and schedule. We believe the right fit is the most important part, that is why we have various specialities from anxiety, stress, depression, couples, athletes, body image, disordered eating, confidence, CBT, postpartum, trauma, emdr, and more. We serve children, youth, teens, adults, individuals, couples and families. We offer online, phone, walk and talk therapy, and in office counselling at our two clinic locations in Kelowna. See www.alivecounselling.com for more information :)
(604) 409-8929 View (604) 409-8929
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Luke Feraco
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Anxiety, depression, learning better communication skills, toxic relationships, building self esteem, emotional regulation and processing, trauma, the responsibilities of life... It never seems to end. We all know we could take care of ourselves a little better. How? Together, through a non-judgmental space, we'll discover the stories you are telling yourself about your life and rewrite them to empower you and promote self-compassion in you, as well as sustainability for your future. We will also practice coping skills that help you to manage your everyday stressors and exceptional circumstances. Your wellbeing is my top priority.
Anxiety, depression, learning better communication skills, toxic relationships, building self esteem, emotional regulation and processing, trauma, the responsibilities of life... It never seems to end. We all know we could take care of ourselves a little better. How? Together, through a non-judgmental space, we'll discover the stories you are telling yourself about your life and rewrite them to empower you and promote self-compassion in you, as well as sustainability for your future. We will also practice coping skills that help you to manage your everyday stressors and exceptional circumstances. Your wellbeing is my top priority.
(782) 201-4155 View (782) 201-4155
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Next Step Counselling Group
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, BSc
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Next Step Counselling is a group practice comprised of compassionate, goal oriented therapists looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. Next Step is dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. We specialize in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, couples, and marital problems. Next Step can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. We are highly trained RCC's and understand that life can have many challenges, and our goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
Next Step Counselling is a group practice comprised of compassionate, goal oriented therapists looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. Next Step is dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. We specialize in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, couples, and marital problems. Next Step can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. We are highly trained RCC's and understand that life can have many challenges, and our goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
(343) 300-3220 View (343) 300-3220
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Roger Wilson
Counsellor, PsyD, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Clients present with a variety of concerns, needs, and goals. Most clients will be struggling with some concerns around anxiety and/or depression. I will meet with the client for a thorough history, identify priorities in what the clients wish to work on, and then collaboratively develop a treatment approach. I use grounding exercises with a focus on our somatic senses to help calm the client and understand their struggles. Clients are invited to share dreams with me, their beliefs and their values. Together, we work with to understand the beliefs and values. and how these "fit" into their life.
Clients present with a variety of concerns, needs, and goals. Most clients will be struggling with some concerns around anxiety and/or depression. I will meet with the client for a thorough history, identify priorities in what the clients wish to work on, and then collaboratively develop a treatment approach. I use grounding exercises with a focus on our somatic senses to help calm the client and understand their struggles. Clients are invited to share dreams with me, their beliefs and their values. Together, we work with to understand the beliefs and values. and how these "fit" into their life.
(365) 657-1005 View (365) 657-1005
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OK Clinical Therapy Group - Kelowna & West Kelowna
Counsellor, RCC, MSW, RSW, CCC, MC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Seeking a life of greater ease? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or relationship hurdles impacting your daily functioning? Overwhelmed by life's pressures, parenting challenges, or the daily grind? Questioning if positive change is possible? In today's climate, many wrestle with anxiety, seeking their purpose and navigating relationships. We firmly believe in the potential for all clients to find ease and joy, embracing the possibility of change and fostering hope.
Seeking a life of greater ease? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or relationship hurdles impacting your daily functioning? Overwhelmed by life's pressures, parenting challenges, or the daily grind? Questioning if positive change is possible? In today's climate, many wrestle with anxiety, seeking their purpose and navigating relationships. We firmly believe in the potential for all clients to find ease and joy, embracing the possibility of change and fostering hope.
(672) 202-3687 View (672) 202-3687
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Vincent Paul Matlo
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
I provide treatment to individuals seeking support for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and those seeking to reduce symptoms of anxiety, OCD, and depression.
I bring over 20 years of experience supporting children and families to my practice with Kelowna Professional Group. My longstanding interest in the role of attachment as a means to foster deeper and more empathic relationships speaks to the intuition of individuals and families. My "smarter, not harder" approach is delivered with refreshing clarity, and families looking for strategies to improve relationships, foster self-fulfillment, and achieve peace of mind will appreciate my practical and collaborative approach.
I provide treatment to individuals seeking support for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and those seeking to reduce symptoms of anxiety, OCD, and depression.
I bring over 20 years of experience supporting children and families to my practice with Kelowna Professional Group. My longstanding interest in the role of attachment as a means to foster deeper and more empathic relationships speaks to the intuition of individuals and families. My "smarter, not harder" approach is delivered with refreshing clarity, and families looking for strategies to improve relationships, foster self-fulfillment, and achieve peace of mind will appreciate my practical and collaborative approach.
(844) 704-1243 View (844) 704-1243
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Coleen Adderley
Counsellor, MACP, BHSc, LPN, MCBT-P, CCT-P
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
If you’re struggling with trauma, abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, difficulty coping, relationship challenges, parenting challenges or just feeling stuck? Coleen will help you to learn a variety of tools that will help you to overcome your current challenges and be better equipped to cope with anything life throws your way in the future.
With over 24 years experience in health care, Coleen is passionate about empowering and helping clients to regain peace of mind and find balance in their lives. She is non-judgemental, empathetic, and provides a safe and trustworthy environment that lends well to building a trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Using an all encompassing approach, she looks at every aspect of her clients lives, including their physical and mental health as well as their social supports to create a unique individualized treatment plan for each client. Coleen uses a trauma informed lens to help her client who struggle with trauma & more.
If you’re struggling with trauma, abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, difficulty coping, relationship challenges, parenting challenges or just feeling stuck? Coleen will help you to learn a variety of tools that will help you to overcome your current challenges and be better equipped to cope with anything life throws your way in the future.
With over 24 years experience in health care, Coleen is passionate about empowering and helping clients to regain peace of mind and find balance in their lives. She is non-judgemental, empathetic, and provides a safe and trustworthy environment that lends well to building a trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Using an all encompassing approach, she looks at every aspect of her clients lives, including their physical and mental health as well as their social supports to create a unique individualized treatment plan for each client. Coleen uses a trauma informed lens to help her client who struggle with trauma & more.
(581) 204-4051 View (581) 204-4051
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Jennifer Kirkbride
Counsellor, MA, BA, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC). I have specialized in working with adults and adolescents for over 14 years. I work with people experiencing challenges such as anxiety, depression, post partum depression and anxiety, anger, relationship problems, high risk behaviors, suicidal ideation, self harming, and substance use, among other issues.
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC). I have specialized in working with adults and adolescents for over 14 years. I work with people experiencing challenges such as anxiety, depression, post partum depression and anxiety, anger, relationship problems, high risk behaviors, suicidal ideation, self harming, and substance use, among other issues.
(844) 856-2397 View (844) 856-2397
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Three Sisters Clinical Counselling
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, BPEH, RT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Our counsellors have subspecialties in treating anxiety, self-harm and depression, trauma, behaviourl issues, phobias, grief+ loss, self-esteems issues + more!.
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.
Our counsellors have subspecialties in treating anxiety, self-harm and depression, trauma, behaviourl issues, phobias, grief+ loss, self-esteems issues + more!.
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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Making Strides Counselling and Wellness
Registered Social Worker, RSW
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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Natasha Roblesky
Counsellor, RCC, MCoun, BSc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1V
I offer counselling in Kelowna, Penticton, and Kamloops, and virtually across BC, for youth and adults with ADHD, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship challenges, self-harm, trauma and issues with self-esteem, self-worth and perfectionism. I have a sense of genuine care for my clients and focus on building and maintaining a strong rapport throughout the counselling process. In a world of never ending societal pressures, I work with clients to help them begin to live more congruent lives that align with their true values.
I offer counselling in Kelowna, Penticton, and Kamloops, and virtually across BC, for youth and adults with ADHD, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship challenges, self-harm, trauma and issues with self-esteem, self-worth and perfectionism. I have a sense of genuine care for my clients and focus on building and maintaining a strong rapport throughout the counselling process. In a world of never ending societal pressures, I work with clients to help them begin to live more congruent lives that align with their true values.
(548) 490-3039 View (548) 490-3039

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Depression Counsellors

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognise and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioural activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.