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.
Josslyn Gareau
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Josslyn completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and is registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Josslyn’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.  Committed to professional development, Josslyn has received advanced training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an attachment-based, experiential treatment model ideally suited to address and treat relational trauma.

Josslyn has been honoured to work with adults, adolescents, and children around a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, abuse, early childhood trauma, relationship challenges, body image concerns, self-harm, loss, and transitions. 
Josslyn grew up on the North Shore of Kootenay lake and is delighted to have returned to the community in which she developed secure attachments with nature, family, friends, and herself.  

To book directly with Josslyn, contact her at Tel: (250) 505-6659