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Your path to healing and growth begins here. Discover personalized therapy services in Penticton in-person and virtually throughout BC;  tailored to your needs. Let us support you on your journey to a happier, healthier life.

Trauma Informed Therapy
Focused Family Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy emphasizes the significance of early relationships in shaping an individual's emotional and psychological well-being.


This therapeutic model recognizes the impact of early caregiver-child relationships on an individual's ability to form and maintain healthy connections throughout life.

Key Principles of Attachment-Based Therapy:

Exploration of Attachment Patterns:

Our counsellors help clients explore their unique attachment patterns, identifying how early experiences may influence current relationships. By understanding these patterns, individuals gain insight into their emotional responses and learn to create healthier connections.

Creating a Safe Therapeutic Relationship:

At the core of ABT is the establishment of a secure and trusting therapeutic relationship. Our therapists provide a safe space where clients can openly express their thoughts and feelings, fostering a sense of security crucial for healing.

Emotional Regulation and Communication Skills:

ABT focuses on enhancing emotional regulation and improving communication skills. Clients learn to identify and express their needs effectively, promoting healthier interactions with others.

Mindfulness and Present-Moment Awareness:

Integrating mindfulness techniques, our therapists guide clients to cultivate present-moment awareness. This helps individuals break free from past attachment-related challenges and build connections based on the here and now.

Promoting Autonomy and Interdependence:

ABT aims to strike a balance between autonomy and interdependence. Clients learn to maintain a sense of self while actively engaging in meaningful connections, fostering resilience and adaptability.

Discover the transformative potential of Attachment-Based Therapy, an approach designed to empower individuals in cultivating secure attachments and enhancing their capacity for healthy relationships.


At South Okanagan Counselling, our dedicated team specializes in providing attachment-based therapy, guiding you to explore your unique attachment patterns and equipping you with the essential skills for thriving.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Developed to nurture secure attachments and redefine negative interaction patterns within families, EFFT focuses on restructuring parent-child dynamics and cultivating a sense of security through meaningful connections. This approach, rooted in attachment science, aims to guide families through developmental changes and life challenges, fostering new patterns of communication and responsiveness.


The focus in EFFT is on the pattern, not individuals, helping foster a collaborative approach. Therapists intervene to interrupt negative patterns, creating a safe space for families to share feelings.


Unlike traditional communication skills training, EFFT prioritizes choreographing new emotional experiences that naturally improve communication as families develop healthier patterns.


Families can expect hard work and occasional exhaustion during sessions, but the reward lies in the relief from newfound emotional connections and understanding within the family unit.

Benefits of EFFT:


Expand Awareness of Unacknowledged Feelings:

EFFT seeks to increase awareness of unacknowledged emotions associated with negative family patterns, fostering a deeper understanding of the family dynamic.


Reframe Family Distress:

By reframing family distress within the context of relationship blocks, EFFT helps families identify and address the root causes of their challenges.


Access Caregiving Intentions:

EFFT promotes awareness of underlying caregiving intentions and assists in recognizing and addressing disowned attachment-related needs.


Facilitate Sharing of Unmet Attachment Needs:

Through the therapeutic process, EFFT encourages families to share unmet attachment needs and cultivate effective caregiving responses, strengthening bonds

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Trauma-Informed Counselling


Trauma-informed counselling is a therapeutic approach that goes beyond traditional methods by acknowledging the widespread prevalence of trauma in individuals' lives.


This counselling modality is rooted in understanding the effects of trauma on both the mind and body, creating a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore and process their experiences. Our trauma-informed therapists are dedicated to fostering a sense of safety, trust, and collaboration, ensuring that each individual's unique needs are met with sensitivity and empathy.


Benefits of Trauma-Informed Counselling


Empowerment and Collaboration:

Trauma-informed counselling empowers individuals by involving them in the decision-making process. Clients collaborate with their therapists to set goals, explore coping mechanisms, and navigate the path to recovery.


Understanding Triggers:

Our counsellors are trained to recognize and understand potential triggers, helping clients develop strategies to manage and overcome challenges related to trauma.


Holistic Approach:

Trauma affects various aspects of life, and our counselling approach addresses the interconnectedness of emotional, physical, and mental well-being. We consider the whole person in the healing process.


Cultivating Resilience:

Through trauma-informed care, individuals build resilience and coping skills, fostering the ability to navigate life's challenges with strength and self-assurance.



If you or someone you care about has experienced trauma, our Trauma-Informed Counselling services are here to provide support and understanding.


Take the first step towards healing by scheduling a consultation with our expert therapists. Together, we'll navigate the path to recovery, empowering you to reclaim control over your life.

Person-Centered Therapy

This approach is grounded in the profound belief of "unconditional positive regard" (Carl Rogers ,1956), asserting that individuals are inherently good and capable of positive change when provided with the right conditions. Our dedicated therapists strive to cultivate relationships infused with unconditional positive regard, fostering an environment where clients can internalize acceptance and perceive themselves in a positive light.

Person-centred therapy holds that humans possess an innate capacity for growth and change. Creating a warm and supportive therapeutic environment becomes paramount to maximizing this potential.  Therapists prioritize the development of a trusting relationship characterized by compassion and support. Rather than imposing their own agendas, Person-Centred therapists fully engage with the client's subjective experience, honouring their worldview, beliefs, values, and desires.


Take the Step Towards Personal Growth

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and positive transformation with Person-Centred Therapy. If you are seeking a therapeutic approach that honours your unique identity and promotes genuine growth, our dedicated team is here to support you. Take the first step towards a more fulfilling life by choosing Person-Centred Therapy with us. Your journey to self-empowerment starts here.

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Play Therapy

Play serves as a crucial avenue for children to construct meaning, process experiences, and acquire insights about themselves and their surroundings. Inherent in their nature, children express themselves spontaneously through play, transcending the limitations of verbal communication. Play therapy is designed to leverage these innate capacities for healing, enabling children to navigate both conscious and unconscious struggles while enhancing their problem-solving skills.


Play therapists integrate an understanding of developmental stages, attachment, and the unique needs of each child into their therapeutic approach. Sessions are characterized by a warm, non-judgmental, and curious atmosphere, fostering a sense of safety that encourages children to explore their emotions.


Children are prompted to express themselves freely by using various materials such as toys, sand trays, games, and art supplies. Skilled therapists attentively interpret the messages conveyed through play, gaining insights into the child's experiences, challenges, self-perception, and relationships.


Play therapy provides children with a sense of control, especially in situations where they might otherwise feel powerless. Therapists observe the child's play, noting their toy choices and recurring themes that unveil meaningful aspects of the child's inner world. This empowering process allows children to establish control, fostering an environment where appropriate boundaries and positive social interactions are modeled through the therapeutic relationship.

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