Counselling Services

Personal, emotional, and academic challenges are a common part of student life.   Counsellors provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore your concerns and work collaboratively with you to strengthen your ability to cope.  

On this site you can learn about the counselling support available to Okanagan College students, find out how to book a counselling appointment, and access helpful online resources to help you with your personal, career, and academic development.

Counselling during COVID-19

Counselling Services is here to support you.  If you would like to connect with an OC counsellor, please request an appointment.  At this time, services are available via secure online platform, telephone, or in person. 

If you are currently located outside the province of B.C., there are some limitations for the services we can provide.  Please visit our resources for students to learn more about alternate resources.  

If you are in need of immediate listening and support, you can access Here2Talk, a free 24-hr support for B.C. post-secondary students. If you are in crisis, please contact the B.C. Crisis Line at 1-888-353-2273 or call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If this is an emergency, call 911.

Request a counselling appointment

Meet the counselling team

GROW@OC

An online drop-in workshop series for students to connect, learn, and strategize to be an effective student and a healthier human. Hosted by OC Counselling Services. 

Personal counselling

We offer short-term counselling related to personal, career and academic success.  If you are experiencing depression, loneliness, anxiety, anger, substance abuse or any other type of personal issue, we encourage you to access our services.  No matter how big or small, your concerns are important and OC Counselling Services is here to help you.  If we feel you would benefit from support that is more specialized or longer-term than what we can offer, we will help connect you with a support service in the community.

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the counselling relationship.  All communication and records are confidential. Neither the fact that you seek counselling, nor any information about the counselling sessions, will appear in your student academic record. If any individual or office ever wants to know anything about your counselling, you would have to sign a release of information form before this information is released (except in the rare circumstances noted below).

All communications between you and your counsellor will be held in confidence, except under the following circumstances: 

  1. If we have reason to believe that a minor (under the age of 19) is in need of protection.
  2. If we have reason to believe that a person is a danger to themselves or others.
  3. If a judge, coroner, ombudsperson, children’s commission and/or other such authorities order us to release records or to appear and provide information.
  4. If we have reason to believe that there is potential risk to an individual or to the broader college community. 

Your counsellor will provide you with more information about confidentiality before your initial counselling session. 

 

Counselling services are free of charge for all currently enrolled OC students. 

Currently enrolled OC students can access up to 10 individual counselling sessions over the course of a student’s OC course or program, with a maximum of 5 sessions per academic or summer semester (or 4-month period).

Session frequency is determined together by the student and OC counsellor dependent on:  the nature and complexity of the student’s presenting concern, student’s scheduling availability, the determination of the most appropriate therapeutic framework or clinical course of action, the student’s course/program length and/or semester load, and the availability of counselling services at the student’s preferred or “home” campus.

The wait time to meet with a counsellor varies throughout the semester, based on student demand and counsellor/campus availability.  During busy times (i.e. peak of the semester), it may take up to 2 weeks before getting in to see a counsellor for a regular scheduled appointment. 

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. If it is your first appointment, you may wish to arrive 10 minutes early in order to complete initial paperwork

We ask that you provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel your appointment, so that we can make your appointment available to other students who are waiting for service. You can do so by contacting the Student services/Administrative front desk or by contacting your counsellor directly (either by telephone and/or email). 

If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, it will be considered a missed appointment and you will have to reschedule to see your counsellor.

If you wish to reschedule, the new appointment will be booked within the wait-time parameters of that particular point in the semester.

OC counsellors are knowledgeable about the various academic accommodations available at the College, and are happy to review them with you.  Please note that OC counsellors do not typically contact instructors and are unable to sign a Request for Medical and Compassionate Withdrawal unless in exceptional circumstances.

Engaging in counselling is voluntary and counsellors do not report to referring individuals. Students have the right to refuse counselling at any time, or to refuse any particular intervention.

If you are a currently enrolled student at Okanagan College and have some concerns around personal issues, academic success or general career direction please make an appointment with a counsellor.

If you have questions about OC programs and courses, admission requirements or pre-requisites, please make an appointment with an Education Advisor.

Our counselling services are for currently enrolled and attending OC students only.  If you are not attending OC and would like to access counselling support, please visit community resources for a list of available community resources. 

Currently OC Counselling Services in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton are open 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.   Salmon Arm campus counselling is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-4:30pm.   

If you are seeking service after hours, Here2Talk offers free 24/7 counselling services to any student registered in a BC post-secondary institution.

 

Request an appointment

If you have questions about OC programs and courses, admission requirements or pre-requisites, please make an appointment with an Education Advisor.

Counselling services are available for students who are enrolled and  taking courses (including co-op programs).  If you are not currently enrolled, we encourage you to access Kelowna community resources.  

To request a Counselling appointment, please complete the form to the right.   Depending on your home campus, counsellors’ response times may vary.  

If you require immediate support, please access our crisis resources.

Are you currently enrolled and taking classes this semester?
Our counselling services are for currently enrolled OC students only.  If you are not attending OC and would like to access counselling support, please visit community resources for a list of available supports.
Are you currently residing in B.C.?
To access individual counselling appointments, enrolled students must be located in B.C. at the time of their appointment.  If you are currently enrolled at OC and are residing outside of B.C., please visit our resources page to learn more about available supports.
 Please note:
• Wait times are usually shorter for virtual appointments

Depending on your home campus, counsellors’ response times may vary. If you have not heard back from us within 5 business days, please email counselling@okanagan.bc.ca to follow up.

If you require immediate support, please access our crisis and community resources.

Counselling events or workshops

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Flourish

Having a healthy mind will make you a better student. Take part in online Wellness Wednesday workshops or browse the Flourish Moodle to learn more at your own pace. Check out this free wellness initiative.

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 a 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. 

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 resources for faculty and staff page for more information.

Kelowna staff

Glendon Wiebe

Counselling Services - Chair
Campus: Kelowna

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.

Credentials:
PhD
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)

Ashley Steele

Counselling Services
Campus: Kelowna

Hello and welcome to OC!  I am passionate about supporting students through periods of challenge and change, both within their personal and academic journeys.  My goal is to provide students with the necessary support, strategies, and resources needed to better cope with 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 concerns.

Credentials:
MCP (Counselling Psychology)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) #12017

Ioannis Andreadakis

Counselling Services
Campus: Kelowna
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Yannis Andreadakis (he/him)

In the last ten years, I have helped many university students overcome difficulties with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life challenges and transitions, ranging from a crisis to a general feeling that something does not quite fit. In my work, I facilitate  a warm, non-judgmental and personable environment, where students can feel safe, validated, and listened to. I gently approach students’ experience with curiosity and offer my own reflections, only when deemed appropriate, to help them look at situations from different perspectives.

My training is at its core Client-centered and Experiential, but I also draw from a number of other modalities such as Solution-focused, Attachment theory, Mindfulness, Phenomenology, Somatic Processing, and ACT.

I feel excited to be a member of the Okanagan College community and be offered the opportunity to use my experience to facilitate support systems for our students and learn more from their experience in the process.

 

Credentials:
MSc (Counselling)
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) #10004618

Karen Chhabra-Dhoot

Counselling Services
Campus: Kelowna
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Hello! I aim to support students by remaining strength based, relational, trauma informed and non-judgmental throughout our time together. I focus on creating a safe space for students that is culturally informed and I utilize an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens within my approach. I specialize in race related trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, stress, concurrent disorders and sexual violence. If wanted, your cultural beliefs and spirituality can be included in our sessions. I have previous experience working in post-secondary supporting former youth from government care as they transition out of care and begin to pursue further education. I often include narrative therapy to learn more about you, your story and how you see yourself. Other modalities utilized include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, systems theory, and brief dynamic therapy. I am also open to exploring therapeutic approaches that work best for you and your needs

Credentials:
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Registered Social Worker (RSW) # 15820

Penticton staff

Sarah Lefebure Warriner

Counselling Services
Campus: Penticton

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 LGBTQIA2S  students, and mental health and well-being.

Credentials:
M.A. (Counselling Psychology with specific career focus)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) #4596

Vernon staff

Natalia Mozol

Counselling Services
Campus: Vernon
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Counselling can be a way to grow and gain self-reliance in a supportive environment. I approach therapy with a specific interest in supporting learners to develop resilience within their personal and academic lives – encouraging individual insight.

My goal is to create an accepting, compassionate and genuine space for students navigating change, challenges, identity and crisis. Our work will include an awareness of the impact of social and relational systems, trauma as well as the influence of culture. Drawing on intervention methods from positive psychology, attachment, mindfulness, systems theory, CBT, solution focused and experiential. Special areas of interest include: personal development/identity, dependency/boundaries, making meaning/existential, and grief work.

My counselling background includes supporting individuals within Education, Health Care, Accessibility and Mental Health systems.

Credentials:
MA Counselling Psychology
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC)

Salmon Arm staff

Samantha Johnson

Counselling Services
Campus: Salmon Arm
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Supporting students to navigate personal and academic challenges is work that I find very meaningful. I place great importance on providing a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space for students to come for support and growth. I believe that everyone is unique, and my therapeutic approach draws on a mix of skills that meets the needs of each student including solution-focused, strength-based, mindfulness, and narrative therapy principles.

Credentials:
BSW, MACP (Counselling Psychology)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #17928

Kelowna campus
Student Services Building (S111)

250-862-5451

Vernon campus
Administration Building (A300)
250-545-7291

Penticton campus
Ashnola Building (PL142)
250-492-4305

Salmon Arm campus
Main Building (SA103)
250-832-2126