Counselling and Support Services

Confidential assistance includes an intake interview and assignment to a counsellor who will provide service. We are able to schedule meetings in your home or in our office.

Our Counsellors

Valerie, BSW, Clinical Supervisor Valerie has over 13 years experience in supporting individuals and families to overcome challenges in their lives, embrace their strengths and resiliencies, while envisioning their hopes and dreams for the future. She has raised 7 children and has 11 grand children. Valerie is Metis and has worked extensively with Metis and First Nation people and understands the importance of cultural safety and competence. Her experience includes assisting others challenged with poor mental health, addictions, grief, intergenerational trauma, parenting, family violence and child protection involvement.

Sharon Storms, BSW, MSW has over 10 years experience supporting children and families and working in a school setting. Sharon focus’ on collaborating as a team to find solutions to the challenges children and families face. She focus’ on capacity and strengths to create solutions to the challenges the individuals she supports experience. A lot of her experience is in play therapy and working with children who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and who struggle with self regulation. She has extensive experience working with school personnel ( teachers and administrators) and parents to create plans for children’s social, emotional and academic success.

Jessa, BA, CPC started with Whitevalley as a School Based Outreach Counsellor in February 2016 and has 4 years of experience. She graduated with her B.A Psych from the University of Calgary and attended the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and is a Certified Professional Counsellor. Jessa gained experience working with youth at the Teen Junction Youth Center as a Youth Worker where she helped to provide a safe and supportive place for youth to come. Jessa enjoys working with youth and strives at providing a safe and supportive environment for youth in need.

Francisco RPC, BA Psych is a clinical Psychologist from Chile, his native country. His experience is mostly in the fields of trauma, anxiety and depression. He encourages clients to discuss emotions and experiences, design personalized plans for meeting short and long-term goals and helps develop strategies to improve people’s lives. He is empathetic, calm and maintains a positive attitude, always looking forward to helping people manage and overcome mental and emotional issues. He believes that promoting change in individuals has a positive community impact.

Monica , BA, BSW, RSW – School Based Outreach Counsellor- Has over 25 years experience counselling children and families and connecting them to resources.  Monica promotes positive emotional wellness and utilizes play/art therapy, trauma informed therapy and psycho-educational strategies to help create positive change in the lives of the clients she serves.

Rob , MA, is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Rob has over 30 years of counselling experience in both pastoral counselling and psychotherapy. He specializes in trauma (PTSD), couples and addictions counselling. Rob’s uses a person- centered and collaborative approach which often includes understanding an individual’s attachment or bonding style. Rob offers a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate place to heal and to grow into your full potential.

Zach, BSW, BA Psych, Mental Health Support Worker & School-Based Outreach Counsellor Zach is a recent graduate of Minot State University and Briercrest College and is passionate about supporting individuals with mental illness and life difficulties. He loves to bring attention to the strengths and skills that his clients have, and assist them in being able to express them and reach their potential. He also hopes to effectively assist and support community members with navigating often difficult-to-understand services. In his free time, Zach loves to learn, listen to music, hike, play sports, & read.

Family Support Program

A family counselling program that assists the whole household. Parents, teens and/or children.

Funding support for the Family Support Program provided by MCFD

Adult Counselling

Free, short term counselling available for a variety of issues including communication skills, anger management, marital, grief and stress.

Funding support for the Adult Counselling provided by United Way Southern Interior and “We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.”

Community Living Support Program – Mental Health

A community service for adults affected be serious and persistent mental illness that provides individual support to enhance day-to-day living and the quality of life. Referral by Vernon Mental Health (250) 549-5737 or call Valerie at 250-547-8866.

Addictions Counselling, Information and Prevention

The purpose of this program is to provide individual and group counselling services to youth and adults in the Community of Lumby and surrounding area who are experiencing issues related to substance misuse.

Funding support for the Community Living Support, Mental Health and Addictions Counselling provided by Interior Health

School Based Outreach

A counselling and support program for students where environments at home or in the community are impacting their ability to be successful at school. Referrals through school based support teams. For CBSS, JW Inglis, Cherryville and Crossroads.

Funding support for the School Based Outreach program provided by School District 22

Mindful Friends

Mindful Friends © teaches children that to be “mindful friends” we need to think a lot about how to treat our friends and how we want them to treat us.  It also teaches children what it means to be a good friend by discussing topics such as problem solving, kindness and respect and provides examples and guidance on behaviours during play situations.  In addition to structured lessons, Mindful Friends © utilizes Maggie the dog who visits the classroom once a month and is the main character in the Mindful Friends © stories presented via written material and discussion with the participants.  The core focus of Mindful Friends © is to teach children to think about others and how they feel.

Mindful Friends © is made possible with funding support from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. 

Our Fees

It is Whitevalley’s mission to promote the health and well-being of those in our community. Thanks to MCFD, Interior Health, Community Gaming and United Way, we are able to offer counselling services free of charge to those living in and around Lumby.