HOW ARE WE GEARED TOWARDS STUDENTS?

 

West Kootenay  Counselling Services offers several specialized counselling services that fit the busy schedules of students. Specifically, at WKCS we offer weekend and evening appointments upon request, which may allow students to access counselling services without having to miss class. Furthermore, we offer a sliding fee scale, enabling students to gain the mental health support they need even on a student budget or limited income.

 

WKCS also off fully subsidized (free) counselling for qualifying individuals who have experienced a work related accident (WorkSafeBC), have been emotionally injured in a vehicle collision (ICBC), have been impacted in some way by violence/crime (Crime Victim Assistance), or have an Indian status number (FNHA).

 

Finally, WKCS offers direct billing through Green Shield and other extended health programs. This saves students time and stress of having to mail in invoices themselves to their insurance companies and wait for coverage approval and refunds.

WKCS offers individual, couples, group and family counselling services at three different locations throughout the Okanagan. Our comprehensive team of counsellors address concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, grief, life transitions and more.

 

We also offer online counselling services, which is a highly flexible and convenient option for students. Online counselling allows students to engage in email, video call, or phone call therapy services. These options eliminate the necessity of commuting to appointments and save time, allow for flexibility in appointment times, and offer more discretion in accessing mental health services. Students often find it impossible to book counselling appointments off campus around their class schedule, group meetings, and extra curricular activities. Online counselling allows for students to have therapy sessions in between classes, on their lunch break, or at the end of their day without having to ever leave campus.

 

WKCS offers a wide variety of workshop addressing concerns such as mindfulness, anxiety, self-worth, and relationships. Please check our workshops pages for more information about these groups.

 

Through our flexible hours, student rates, wide range of counselling specializations, and online counselling services, WKCS is one of the most flexible options for students seeking therapy services.

Visit the UBC Okanagan’s Health and Wellness page, and for Okanagan College. UBCO currently uses IHaveAPlan.ca as their extended health care insurance provider and OK College uses Greenshield, both of which cover counselling services

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