Vernon & Surrounding Area Resources

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Live Happy Counselling 

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association), with 14 years of professional counselling experience. I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and extensive post-graduate training in trauma therapy and the impact of abuse. My approach to counselling is guided by the unique needs of each client: I believe that each individual is the expert of his or her own experience. Accordingly, I strive to work collaboratively with individuals, assisting them in identifying and working towards their own goals for counselling. I respect the values, strengths, and resources of each individual. I believe each one of us has the capacity for resiliency, self-determination, and self-growth.

Many individuals who have experienced trauma do not have a healthy balance of emotional coping skills. Therefore, the first stage of therapy often involves teaching individuals ways to recognize, observe, modulate, and cope with strong emotions such as grief, anxiety, fear, and guilt. This is called creating emotional regulation. The focus is on reducing traumatic stress: individuals learn to bring the emotional pain down to a manageable level.

While working to create emotion regulation, we can also begin working through traumatic experiences and mourning the losses. The best learning and the best work in therapy are achieved when individuals do not exceed their ability to handle those strong emotions.

Family Matters Counselling – Stephanie Mortenson, BSW, RSW
I am born and raised in Vernon, BC and graduated with a Bachelors of Social Worker with a specialization in Child Welfare and Attachment from Thompson Rivers University and received my registration through the BC College of Social Workers. 
Since graduating I have been supporting individuals and families in the Vernon area for over 10 years.
The essence of my work is to facilitate self-growth by helping you identify the core challenges that you are experiencing, so that you can overcome and better manage this difficult time. I specialize in creating personalized plans and providing tools to guide you forward.
I facilitate my practice from a client centred and strengths-based approach. My goal is to build a relationship with you, providing a high level of support and focus on strengths and skill development to enable you to manage the grief and loss you are experiencing. 

Stacey Boe, M.A., R.C.C.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor trained in EMDR. When working with grief, I have found Narrative Therapy to be a powerful approach. Contrary to conventional ways of attending to loss and ‘letting go’, Narrative Therapy offers a way to celebrate and honour the legacy of the deceased, and the values and meanings that they gave to life. Individuals continue to love and be influenced by the deceased. The relationship is not over and love is certainly not erased by death. In fact, it is through the stories of this ongoing relationship and connection, that resources may be located and brought forward while one continues on their journey through life. 

OUR MISSION: To support all mothers within our community that are struggling with any and all postpartum issues in an inclusive, culturally safe and respectful way. All mothers experiencing Postpartum Depression/Anxiety and any other postpartum issues will be welcome. 

Post Partum Support Services Thursdays 10am-12pm at The Vernon Boys and Girls Club

Postpartum Support Services Vernon would like to invite you to take the first step in your healing journey and join us for our Postpartum Peer Support Group. All Mamas in their postpartum year experiencing any and all postpartum issues are welcome. Babies and siblings are welcome too. Join us. You are not alone. 

Julie Boyle

Niki Knight

Lousia McDowell

Louisa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from

BYU and her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Professionally,

Louisa has been facilitating group and individual discussions for over 24 years. Prior to relocating to her hometown of Vernon, BC, Louisa resided in NYC, NY and Los Angeles, CA. During this time she advised and consulted with corporations on client’s needs for major healthcare companies including Blue Cross of California, SCAN Health Plan and the American Legacy Foundation.

Dedicated to helping clients achieve greater well-being and improved mental health, Louisa uses a variety of tools and theories in her therapy work. Clients appreciate the calm, upbeat approach

Louisa applies to each session. She is registered and licensed with the BCACC. As a therapist, she has a style that is inclusive and motivating. Louisa supports clients of all ages in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma Relationship Issues and more.

Revive Life Coaching and Meditation 

Revive mission
My mission in life is to enable people to revive their spirit and breathe new life into their lives.
  • I believe a flourishing mind, body and spirit connection paves the way to your optimal health.
  • I know from experience a healthy mind creates a healthy body. I had to rebuild myself and my families foundation after our devastating stillbirth.
  • My coaching is well rounded and individualized because everyone has their own stories, agendas and needs to be met.
  • I help people answer the question “what do I do now when nothing seems normal anymore?” 
  • I help individuals who are trying to fit in their comfort zones, which are no longer comfortable. 
  • I help those who have endured a loss and move them forward utilizing their own unique grief process and personal agenda. 
  • I do not have anyone relive past experiences, I only motivate and give one space to enable themselves to start their next phase of their journey.    
Revive Specialties
  • Meditation techniques and practices (individual/group)
  • Self healing meditations
  • Managing life transitions
  • Self-care for optimal health
  • Coping with stress and crisis
  • Spiritual awareness and guidance

Lucy Kelly 250-309-5419

Red Bird Acupuncture

Vernon Doula Co.

Early Childhood Education and Infant and toddler Diploma

Sabrina offers support and guidance to families who are going through the loss of a child with the existing family.

When parents and children are grieving it can be hard to maintain a sense of normalcy and routine to provide stability and a sense of security; most importantly to the children.

I can offer you guidance and tips on how to create a healthy home environment while taking time to process the emotions that each family member goes through at their own pace.

This will in turn create a safe space for your child to express themselves and allow the opportunity for productive open conversation.

Meriah Windsong Hypnotherapy

Melanie Giroux Massage

Claire Convery Yoga Therapy

Vernon Family Resource Post Partum Support Group

C Daisy Bereavement Photos

British Columbia Organizations

Alberta Organizations

Online Resources

Loss Communities