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Staff

All counselling staff have Master’s degrees and are committed to on-going professional development. Counselling services received at the Family Centre meet professional and ethical standards.


 

 

Roxie Van Aller

Executive Director (MA, RCC)

 

Lisa Binnie

Counsellor (BA, MSW, MPA)

Lisa Binnie has over 30 years of experience and holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is currently the Executive Director of the Kelowna Family Centre and also provides counselling in the Centre’s couples counselling program. She also currently acts as a surveyor for CARF International, an accreditation body for social service agencies.

John Downes

Counsellor (MC, RCC)

John Downes holds a Master of Counselling degree and is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. John brings over 21 years of clinical experience to the Kelowna Family Centre, with specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address issues of anxiety and depression, as well as experience using solution-focused therapy.

Joyce Eng

Counsellor (MA)

Joyce has a Master of Arts in Counselling degree. She has training in expressive, family, and emotionally-focused therapies but uses her training in Somatic Experiencing and Self-Regulation therapies as an approach to healing trauma. Joyce works in the Stopping the Violence program. Joyce is registered to provide counselling through the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Mona Ferguson

Counsellor (MA)

Mona Ferguson holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has training in integrative healing techniques, mental health issues, trauma and abuse counselling. Mona presently works with adults who have relationship issues and difficulty balancing the demands of family and life transitions. Mona is registered to provide counselling through the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Lois Hansen

Registered Counsellor (M.Ed.) Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Lois has a Masters of Educational Counselling degree, is registered with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She works with children and families at Kelowna Family Centre using various expressive modalities such as sand and play therapy. She also has extensive experience counselling adults with PTSD and anxiety, couples, people with anger issues, as well as those with a brain injury. Lois is registered to provide counselling through the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).

Suzanne Harrington

Counsellor (M.Ed.)

Suzanne Harrington holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization). Suzanne has further training in expressive therapies (play and art therapy), trauma and abuse, dissociation, addictions, mental health, and parent-child attachment. She works with children and adults in family, individual and group counselling.

Lisa Sookochoff

Counsellor (MA, RCC)

Lisa has a Master of Arts in Counselling and is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She brings over a decade of experience providing individual and group counselling services to a young adult population.  She uses a solution-focused, mindfulness-based approach to facilitate clients’ awareness of their own resources. She presently works with adults who have relationship issues and difficulty balancing the demands of family and life transitions.

 

Kim Wardman

Counsellor (MACP, RCC)

Kim holds a Masters of Counselling degree and is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.  Kim is also training in Somatic Experiencing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She uses these therapies and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist individuals who are facing relationship issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions and balancing various demands of life.

Lynda Fillion

Finance Manager

Lynda has been working at the Kelowna Family Centre since 1996. She has certificates in Bookkeeping and creative design. Lynda is responsible for Bookkeeping and other office management duties.

Joanna Shaw

Office Manager

Joanna started working at the Kelowna Family Centre in August of 2017. She is your first contact on the telephone and at the front desk, providing assistance with inquiries about our services and booking appointments.

 

 

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