About WKCS

West Kootenay Counselling Services (WKCS) was founded in October 2017 by owner and Registered Clinical Counsellor, Nicole Ripley. Nicole has been running a group clinic in the Okanagan for 6 years and decided it was time to return home to the Kootenays and build a similar business.

WCKS is a comprehensive clinic that offers a wide range of services to help you deal with any challenging life circumstances, or mental health concerns that you may be experiencing. Our team at WKCS includes Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers who strive to create a comfortable, open, and encouraging space for our clients, and provide the best care possible. WKCS is proud to offer a sliding fee scale, evening and weekend appointments, free consultations, online counselling services, and two locations throughout the West Kootenays (Nelson & Castlegar) to best accommodate our clients.

WKCS is based on strong community values. Its foundation is built on ensuring clients receive quality private care with a Masters level and experienced clinician, at fair rates and under subsidizes where possible. WKCS is registered with many provincial funding programs including Crime Victims Assistance Programs, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, First Nations Health Authority, WorkSafeBC, over 10+ EAP/EFAP providers and many more. We strive to offer accessibility with the utmost confidence.

At WKCS, we provide individual, couples, children, family, and group counselling services. Our team of counsellors specialize in a variety of areas such as treatment for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, difficult life transitions, trauma, grief, divorce, sexuality, and many more. We use a variety of clinical therapy approaches to ensure that you are provided with counselling services and therapeutic strategies that are most appropriate for your specific situation.

Contact us today to find out how our counselling services can be of benefit to you.