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.

Students wishing to book an appointment:  If you email or contact a counsellor directly to book, please include the following information in your message:  Your full name, OC Student ID number, and some dates & times that you are available.

Staff/Faculty concerned about a student:
  If you are concerned about a student, and would like to connect a student to counselling support, please visit our Staff /Faculty Resources page for more information.

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

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

To book an appointment with Sarah, please contact the Penticton Campus Administration office at 250-492-4305 ext. 3200

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.


Ashley Phillips


Ashley Phillips, M.Ed.
Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) 

To book an appointment with Ashley, please contact the Penticton Campus Administration office at 250-492-4305 ext. 3200

Being a student can flow between a spectrum of joyful to overwhelming.  My role is to support you when difficult challenges and emotions arise. This means crafting together tools and strategies for your mental health kit, exploring thoughts, patterns, and beliefs you have, and helping you make steps forward in your life. My office is a safe place for all students and how they identify. My areas of focus are: emotional eating / binge eating disorders, anxiety, health, grief, and relationships.

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(On leave until August 2020)

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

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.   click here to visit my web site

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Beth Triano, MACP (Counselling Psychology)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)  (250) 545-7291 x.2200

My approach to counselling is client-centered, strengths-based and solution-focused. I believe counselling can support a student as they learn who they are and how they want to move toward their academic and personal goals. My intention is to provide a safe place for students to speak their truth, hear themselves and grow as individuals. I support students as they face challenges that often accompany post-secondary learning. These challenges include but are not limited to: anxiety, stress, low mood, procrastination, motivation, family and relational issues, sexuality, sexual violence and trauma.



Samantha Johnson (B.S.W)
250-832-2126 ext. 8221

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Carolyn Palfrey Scherer, BSW, MA (Counselling Psychology)

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) 862-5451

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, PhD
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) (250) 862-5451

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) 862-5451

I am passionate about supporting OC students through periods of challenge, both within their personal and academic journeys.  My goal is to provide each individual with the necessary support, strategies, and resources needed to overcome emotional pain and navigate life’s 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, low mood, relationships & recovery from complex mental illness. 









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Rulisha Chetty, MC 
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) (250) 862-5451

I firmly believe that your mental health matters and is as much of a priority as your physical health. I offer an inclusive, safe and supportive space for students. My goal is to help students better understand, work through and act on the challenges they are dealing with by providing support, coping tools and resources. I use a mix of approaches such as solution-focused, strengths-based and mindfulness practices. I work with students on a variety of issues which include stress, anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, grief, identity, sexuality and relationships concerns. I consider it a privilege to help students grow and create positive change in their lives.