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There is a quiet voice inside you saying that life can be better than this.

Maybe your challenges have been building for some time, or maybe you’ve felt stuck, stagnant, bored with your life for longer than you’d like to admit. Maybe the feelings, memories, or fears you’ve been living with are getting louder, and won’t leave you alone anymore. Maybe someone has made you feel small, worthless, or insignificant. Guess what – you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone.

"Kinetic" speaks to the movement inherent in the counselling process - let's work together to remember your potential, redirect you towards meaningful growth, and living the life you imagine.


"Olivia has been a very important part of my journey the last couple of years. She supports and encourages me in the times life is going well; and she never fails to give me the tools I need to keep going when I feel like I cannot. Her kindness, compassion and honesty make every appointment with her an excellent one!" -Stacey

"Growing up, my strengths were never acknowledged - until I walked into Olivia's office. With her help, I'm growing into the strong woman I have always wanted to be." -A.

Olivia, MSW, RSW:

"My knowledge and experience are built on a foundation of trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and feminist approaches. My work in the non-profit sector focused on women and children/youth who had experienced violence, either in a relationship or in the context of sexualized assault. I have been privileged to learn much from survivors of violence and am honored to bring this experience into my current practice. 

My passion is in helping people to see that their experiences do not occur in a vacuum; they may have felt isolated, but there were factors at work far beyond their internal experience that are incredibly important and influential. When we can explore the context of a person’s experience (traumatic or otherwise), we can easily see that they are not inherently flawed – we can “zoom out” to see the bigger picture. How has your life been impacted by those around you? By our culture and society? How might your social location (your gender/ culture/ race/ sexuality/ religion/ etc) relate to the oppression and/or struggles you have faced?

In counselling sessions, I use a combination of modalities to support individuals’ growth; I draw on skills from training in narrative, feminist, trauma-informed, response-based and structural approaches. I also utilize cognitive behavioral skills, dialectical behavioral skills, and strengths-based practice. The methods by which I support each person depend on their unique circumstances and experiences. Truly, sometimes what has the most impact is bearing witness to a person’s pain, and holding space for them to share their feelings and experiences without judgment. 

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and am a Registered Social Worker (RSW)  with the BCCSW. I am an approved service provider with Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the Autism Funding Unit (AFU) for Family Therapy, and ICBC. Many extended health programs also cover the services of Registered Social Workers (RSW)."

Olivia can be reached at:, or: 250-487-0195



Dena, M.Ed., RCC

"As a counsellor, I believe counselling recipients are best served by a holistic and client-centered approach which honours their unique needs and interests.

Being a long-time early childhood educator and mother of two busy young women, I have learned that patience, active listening and curiosity are critical to building successful relationships.

I am a Registered Clinical Counselor with BCACC and hold both a bachelors and graduate degree in education, with the graduate degree being from the School of Counseling at City University Seattle. My primary focus is play therapy, including expressive arts, music, movement and sand tray. I find these to be invaluable tools in supporting and counseling, especially with young children.

My teaching career began twenty-four years ago on-reserve in a remote northern British Columbia community. Since that time I have worked intimately with primary grade children and their families in many parts of the province."

Dena can be reached at: or: 250-487-9133

Dandelion Seeds

Contact us & put your potential into action.

#205 – 74 Wade Avenue East

Penticton, BC

V2A 8M4

Call or text: 250-487-0195

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