Nicole Ripley
Director / Registered Clinical Counsellor

Born and raised in Nelson, BC, Nicole spent many years working, travelling, volunteering and studying across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a mother of three children. Nicole is driven by improving her own as well as others well-being. She has worked in the Okanagan Valley as a Traumatologist for the past six years, specializing in traumatic injury. She has recently relocated with her family back to the West Kootenays with excitement to provide counselling services and get back to her mountain life.
Nicole holds proficiency in the assessment and treatment of a broad range of psychological issues, including depression & anxiety, addictions and trauma/PTSD. She has diverse experience providing clinical services for people experiencing chronic pain, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), transitional life issues (i.e. bereavement, occupational), child behavioural or emotional concerns, stress, relationship and parenting issues, and other life adversities.
Nicole provides counselling using an integrative approach to self-improvement, however she relies on modalities such as:


• Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

• Dialectical (DBT)

• Emotionally-Focused and Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

She also offers services via eTherapy Online in both video, phone and text format.
Nicole works with many EAP and extended health providers. She is registered with several subsidized agencies including Crime Victims Assistance, ICBC, WorkSafeBC, First Nations Health Authority and more.

*Nicole will be heading on maternity leave this fall 2019 and is not currently accepting new clients.

Ava Clark
Certified Clinical Counsellor

Ava is a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds a Masters in Art Therapy and uses several treatment modalities including E.M.D.R, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as Hypnotherapy. She works primarily with adults in areas such as anxiety and stress, depression, OCD, trauma, PTSD, post-partum anxiety/depression, life changes, relationship challenges, parenting, LGBTQ issues, and pain management. She is client centered and holds the value that all clients have many inner resources available to access. Ava works on Mondays and Thursdays. To book directly with Ava, contact her at Tel:( 250) 608-3195.
Nikki Williams
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Nikki is a Masters Level, EMDR trained, Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Nikki’s practice is rooted in person-centred principles, which means that no matter your reason for seeking counselling, you will be met with an open, empathic, and non-judgmental counsellor.  Nikki has experience helping clients work through experiences of depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD and trauma.


Nikki also has a background in child development with specialization in Infant and Parent relationship. Nikki has worked extensively with people with diverse abilities including Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nikki uses an integrative approach to counselling drawing from EMDR, Mindfulness, Action and Commitment Therapy and Person-centered approaches. Nikki has a strong interest in developing skills in the area of Narrative therapy to work through issues of addiction, trauma, and grief and loss.


To book directly with Nikki contact her at or at Tel: (250) 470 7375
Jennifer Reid
Registered Social Worker

Jenn is a registered social worker who has worked in diverse mental health settings in Canada and the UK for over 18 years. Her counselling approach is grounded in compassion, empathy, curiosity and relationship. She creates a safe space to provide clarity, instill hope, encourage bravery and remind you of your strengths.

Her speciality is supporting people with anxiety, depression, severe mental illness, chronic suicidality, substance use, gender and sexuality exploration, body image, self harm and grief.  She uses an integrative approach drawing on modalities such as; mindfulness, cognitive behavioural interventions, compassionate inquiry, DBT and harm reduction.


Areas of Focus

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • addictions and substance use
  • serious mental illness
  • caregiver support
  • gender and sexuality
  • chronic suicidal ideation
  • personality disorders
  • mental health and addiction education
  • body image
  • healthy boundaries
Emily Zabel
MACP, Student Counsellor

Emily is a Yorkville University Master of Counselling Psychology graduate student with a passion for chronic pain management, personal development and goal setting, stress/anxiety, as well as the various mental and emotional experiences that come with end-of-life care. Emily has been involved with a chronic pain management program for several years and is inspired to help those living with pain learn strategies to reduce the effect pain has on their social, emotional, and psychological well-being. She is also interested in helping clients work through everyday challenges with stress and anxiety.

Emily has studied gerontology and aging in Canada and has years of experience working with the elderly and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She is interested in providing support to the terminally ill and their families, as well as working with people on habit forming/breaking, and goal setting using cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, and family systems theories.


Areas of Focus

  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Habit Forming/Breaking
  • Goal Setting & Personal Development
  • Pain Management
  • Grief & Loss