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.

Counsellors are available on 4 campuses:  Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kelowna.  

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.)

Co-Chair of OC Counselling Department  (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 (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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Capreece Bowers 
250-832-2126 ext. 8221

I am excited to be part of the student services team at Okanagan College.  I was a student here many years ago, and it is great to be back on campusJ I offer counselling services for a wide range of topics, including mental health challenges, stress management, grief, trauma, career and academic goals.  I have a client-centered, inclusive approach in my counselling practice, and look forward to meeting with you.

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Carolyn Palfrey Scherer, BSW, MA (Counselling Psychology)

Co-Chair of OC Counselling Department (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) (250) 762-5445 ext. 4907
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.  

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Glendon Wiebe, M.A. (Counselling Psychology), 
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)
    (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.

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Ashley Steele, MCP (Counselling Psychology), 
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) (250) 762-5445 ext. 4840
I am passionate about supporting OC students through periods of change and transition, both within an academic setting and within their personal lives.  My goal is to provide each individual with the necessary tools, strategies and resources needed to overcome emotional distress and life transitions, while at the same time fostering greater self-awareness and personal insight.  I work with students on a wide variety of presenting issues and concerns, including: stress, anxiety, depression/low mood, relationships & recovery from severe mental illness.