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.  Depending on your home campus, a range of appointment formats are currently available.  If you would like to connect with an OC counsellor, please request an appointment.  

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


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. 

Tips for transitioning back to campus (fall 2021)

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. 

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.

To request a Counselling appointment, please complete the form.

Depending on your home campus, a range of appointment formats are available. To learn more and to book an appointment, please complete the form to the right.  Our staff will respond to your appointment request within 2 business days. 

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:
  • masks are required for all in person counselling sessions
  • wait times are usually shorter for virtual appointments
OC Counselling Services will respond to your inquiry within 2 business days. If you have not heard back from us within 3 business days, please email to follow-up. 
If you require immediate support, please access our
crisis and community resources.  

Counselling events or workshops

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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.

Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)

Lisa Sookochoff

Counselling Services
Campus: Kelowna
Lisa Sookochoff, Counsellor at Okanagan College

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. 

MA (Counselling Psychology)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #2786

Ashley Steele

Counselling Services (Tuesday to Friday)
Campus: Kelowna

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 concerns.

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

Nikki Williams

Counselling Services (Mondays & Thursdays)
Campus: Kelowna

It is important to me to understand and utilize student’s strengths to help work through issues during life’s more challenging times.

I use an integrated and collaborative approach to counselling with a focus on a student’s strengths to approach situations.  I draw from Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused approaches.  

I have an interest in ensuring that students are able to access resources and supports in order to have a rich and meaningful experience in academics, career and beyond.

M.Ed. (Counselling)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #16107

Rulisha Chetty

Counselling Services (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Campus: Kelowna
Rulisha Chetty, Counselling Services

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.

Master of Counselling (MC)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #17077
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) #10001815

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.

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

Vernon staff

Derrick Doige

Counselling Services
Campus: Vernon
Derrick Doige, Counselling Services

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. 

MEd. (Counselling Psychology)
Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) #7032
EMDR level 3 trained

View Derrick's website

Salmon Arm staff

Samantha Johnson

Counselling Services
Campus: Salmon Arm
Samantha Blandon in a garden

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.

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

Kelowna campus
Student Services Building (S111)


Vernon campus
Administration Building (A300)

Penticton campus
Ashnola Building (PL142)

Salmon Arm campus
Main Building (SA103)