Counselling Staff

The staff with Counselling Services is made up of professionals committed to serving students in a caring and competent manner. Individual counsellors have the expertise to respond to the wide variety of personal, academic and social issues faced by students during their academic experience. In addition, individual counsellors have some unique areas of expertise and interest which best enable us to connect with students in a way that is most helpful.

To make an appointment with one of our counsellors

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Sarah Lefebure, M.A. (Counselling Psychology with specific career focus),
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)

Penticton Campus & Department Co-chair  (250) 492-4305 ext 3232
Being a college student can be exciting and stressful!  I use a person centered, holistic approach to help students with a wide range of personal, career and academic challenges to support their well-being and academic success.  Our work together may help you to: develop insight; focus on healthy ways to deal with stress and care for yourself; try out new ways of thinking or interacting; and take steps towards positive change.   Special areas of interest for me are identity, self-esteem, grief and loss, supporting LGBTQ students, and mental health and well-being.

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Derrick Doige, MEd. (Counselling Psychology), 
Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) EMDR level 3 trained

Vernon Campus (250) 545-7291 ext. 2208
I enjoy talking to students on a wide variety of issues and I understand that college life can be extremely stressful at times.  My approach is to create an environment where students feel safe to explore and understand themselves better.  Special areas of interest for me are family of origin, attachment and resolving trauma.   
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Susan Cawsey headshot Susan Cawsey, MSW, RSW, CRC. 

Salmon Arm Campus (250) 832-2126 ext. 8221
I am available to work with students on a wide range of issues from career and personal counselling to stress management and study skills. I have a background in conflict resolution and I am interestred in helping students succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Carolyn Palfrey Scherer headshot Carolyn Palfrey Scherer, BSW, MA (Counselling Psychology)

Kelowna Campus & Department Co-Chair (250) 762-5445 ext. 4119
I see great value in working with students to help them make the most of their time here at Okanagan College. I believe everyone has the potential to create positive change in their lives. I aspire to work with students from a strength based approach that is holistic, creative and encourages personal growth. I assist people with a wide range of personal challenges, including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem and relationship issues.
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Lisa Sookochoff, MA (Counselling Psychology)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

Kelowna Campus (250) 762-5445 ext. 4907
I want to help make students' experience at Okanagan College a transformative one.  My approach to counselling is solution-focused, holistic and strengths based.  My goal is for students to feel supported and understood, and to provide tools that they can use in the here and now.  I guide students towards a deeper understanding of themselves, so they can make healthy choices that move them towards their academic and life goals.  Special interests for me are: grief and loss, social anxiety and career exploration. 
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Tammy Maynard-Thielman, BSW
Practicum Student 2017-18

Vernon Campus
I am a Registered Social Worker (BSW, UVic) with experience in acute care and community social work and mental health services, including emergency response and inpatient psychiatry. I am currently completing my MSW (Dalhousie) under the supervision of Derrick Doige, OC Counsellor, at the College's Vernon campus. It's my privilege to support students of all ages and social locations in their academic journey from a holistic approach that is client-centered, culturally safe, trauma-informed and non-judgemental. Special areas of interest are supporting those with anxiety, post-partum anxiety and depression, PTSD and severe and persistent mental health issues.



Glendon Wiebe, M.A. (Counselling Psychology), 
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)
On Study Leave till September 2018

Kelowna Campus & Department Chair (250) 762-5445 ext. 4202
I work with students to help maneuver through challenges that are negatively impacting their personal and academic success. Some of my areas of interest include anxiety and depression, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.