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.

Charlie, CLS is a certified Substance Use Clinician with over 40 years of experience working in the field of Substance Use Treatment, Community Corrections and Child and Youth Mental Health. Charlie does school-based outreach at Charles Bloom Secondary School, supporting youth in regard to interpersonal relationships, substance use and family matters. Charlie also works with adults in the community in his role as a Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Worker. Charlie provides both practical and emotional support to his clients with a goal to encourage their independence and coping.

Sandra, BSW works with families to offer support in times of difficulties. Sandra believes in the strengths within families and enjoys working with family members of all ages on an individual/family and group basis.

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 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 on 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.

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 North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap 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 or Charlie 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

Flex Your Head

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre is pleased to offer Flex Your Head in conjunction with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.  Flex Your Head will be offered at Charles Bloom Secondary School through our School Based Outreach staff.  This program is a universal mental health promotion program for youth, created by Boys and Girls Club of Canada.  It was developed to help youth think about, talk about and understand issues of mental health and wellness within a safe, fun and welcoming environment.  It is an active peer-based format where youth are given the knowledge, skills and strategies to cope with stress and distress and promote positive mental health and wellness.  If you are interested in attending this program or want to learn more, please contact Jessa at 250-547-8866.