Meet our Team
Stepping Stones Counselling Group is open Monday to Saturday.
We offer flexible appointment times. No referrals necessary.
Feel free to call us to make an appointment.
Toll free: 1-855-763-7414
Eric Leung: Administrative Coordinator
Deanne Leung – B.A., M.Ed., R.C.C.
Deanne is the creative vision and energy behind Stepping Stones Counselling Group. Deanne is a strong supporter of the use of creativity, nature and active self-care in the healing & wellness process.
Deanne’s education and training include a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Deanne is NMT Level 2 Certified and EMDR Level 2 Certified.
- Individual & Family Therapy
- Play & Expressive Therapies
- Trauma, Attachment, Grief & Loss
- ADHD, Anxiety, Depression
- Workshops & Presentations
- Animal Assisted Therapy
“Murphy” Ph. D.O.G., – Co-therapist
Melanie Maure, BA Psych, M.A.C.P., R.C.C.
Melanie Maure Somatic Experiencing Practitioner/ Yoga Instructor / Touch Skills Practitioner
Location: I will be providing on-line counselling only beginning March 4th. I can be reached at www.melaniemaure.org.
Melanie is a Somatic Experiencing Life Coach and Clinical Counsellor. She is passionate about helping individuals move through any trauma and stress that may be creating mental, spiritual, emotional, or physical stuckness. She brings 20 years of education and expertise in the field of injury recovery, stress management, trauma renegotiation, and coaching.
Melanie’s greatest purpose is to be an encourager and an advocate for the wellness and dreams of those around her. She loves nothing more than to witness her clients as they access the energy, vitality and freedom to create a present and future of well-being.
- Somatic Life Coaching
- Business Coaching
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical trauma
- Chronic stress & anxiety
- Grief & loss
Erin Rodier, M.A.C.P., R.C.C.
Behaviour Consultant & Clinical Counsellor
ASD Coordinator, ASCEND Program (Over 6)
Erin passionately specializes in children/teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other developmental disorders.
Erin holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor.
Behaviour Consulting & Positive Support Planning
Individual and Group Counselling
Sibling & Parent Counselling & Education
Behavioural & Expressive Therapies
General Anxiety, Social Anxiety & Depression
Social Skill & Specialized Groups
Workshops & Presentations
Ana Gauthier B.Sc., M.A.C.P. R.C.C.
Ana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling. Her work has been based on Applied Behavior Analysis therapy in a variety of settings such as schools, homes, and communities. Ana includes a variety of therapies into her practice with children and families. Ana specializes with young children and works collaboratively with families to achieve wellness and balance.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders & Developmental Disabilities
- Individual & Family Counselling
- Play & Expressive Therapies
- Anxiety or Emotional Dysregulation
- Parenting Support
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Amy Van Dongen, DKATI, B.A.
After achieving a fine arts degree from University of Waterloo, Amy received a diploma from an art therapy post graduate program from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. Amy has worked with a variety of populations and enjoys offering healing and growth through the arts. Amy offers a safe space for kids and adults to express their emotions, explore their creativity through art and build skills that support their everyday life.
Art can be used as a nonverbal form of communication to express yourself. Guided by an art therapist, clients can experience cathartic release, relaxation, build self-confidence and work towards clients specific issues, needs and goals. Art therapy can also be an excellent resource for self-care and wellness.
Verity Teagle B.A., M.A. MSW, RSW
Verity has worked with children, adolescents, and their parents for the last ten years, first as a high school teacher, and more recently as a therapist. Verity supports clients to recognize their strengths, challenges, support systems and beliefs and has faith in each person’s capacity to increase their coping skills and work towards hope. She is a Registered Social Worker, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts and UK qualified high school teacher.
Verity is driven by her desire to support clients as they navigate their way through transitions and recalibrate their goals and sense of self. She is moved and inspired by the plight of teenagers and young adults as they confront the wide range of challenges that come with adolescence and early adulthood, as well as by their parents’ efforts to understand and support them. She also brings energy and empathy to her work with clients with neurodevelopmental disorders and to those with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. She considers it an honour to work with each and every client.
- Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Therapy
- Sibling and Parent Support and Education
- Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Low Self-Esteem
- Crisis Intervention, Transitions
- ASD and Learning Disorders
Alisha Kandler, BHK, M.A.C.P Student
Registered Kinesiologist & Counselling Psychology Student
Carley Wells, B.A., MSW, RSW
Location: Kelowna (Kirschner Location)
Phone: (403) 829-8732
Carley has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Carley’s experience spans across a variety of mental health issues occurring in children, adolescents, and adults. Carley is passionate about mental wellness and providing her clients with a safe place to learn, heal and grow. Working within a holistic and generalist social work framework, Carley works to develop treatment plans unique to each individual in order to best support them and the change they want to see.
Areas of practice:
- Individual counselling
- Grief and loss
- Self-esteem issues
- Stress management
- Life transitions
Nola Hedstrom-Beblow BA, BSW, MEd and RCC
School Psychologist (#380) & Registered Clinical Counsellor (#12568)
Nola graduated with Social Work and Psychology degrees from the University of Victoria. After supporting children with special needs and their families for a number of years, Nola obtained her Master’s degree in Applied School and Child Psychology from the University of Calgary. Currently, Nola is a practicing School Psychologist (BCASP #380) within the Central Okanagan. In the area of counselling, Nola specializes in interventions which integrate a child/youth’s individualized learning and development needs, along with providing education and support to the broader family system. She is currently a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Nola is passionate in her support of children and families to increase wellness through concrete skill development and connection.
Individual & Group Counselling
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Anxiety, ADHD & Depression
Social Skill Development
Linda Fountain, MSW, RSW, CMC
Registered Social Worker & Certified Master Coach
Linda has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. With over 30 years of experience, Linda brings a strengths- and hope-based approach to her work with children, youth, adults and families. She has worked in acute care and child and adolescent mental health settings, as well as in private practice. She has also taught family counselling, children’s mental health, and grief and loss at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Linda is committed to ongoing professional development, and has training in cognitive behaviour therapy, expressive arts, play therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, parent coaching, Heart Math, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Areas of Practice
- Depression and anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Adjustment to illness, disability and life transitions
- Dealing with challenging behaviours
- Relationship issues
- Views of the Child Reports
Diane Power-Jeans MSW, RSW
Locations: Kelowna & Penticton
Therapist & Coach
As a master therapist and transformation coach, Diane Power-Jeans brings all the heart, humour, and richness of her native Newfoundland into her 28 years of professional practice. She is committed to helping clients live their best lives, placing the highest value on health, happiness and relationships, with a particular focus on mindfulness.
Diane is registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor. She lives and works in the fabulous Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards. Diane enjoys many mindful activities, including hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snow shoeing, colouring and yoga.
- Adolescents, adults & families
- Certified DBT & CBT therapist
- Addiction specialization
- Parenting Workshops & Psychoeducational Groups
Teresa Haberstock M.A., R.C.C. (12306)
Child & Family Therapist
Teresa is a very a creative, energetic, and dedicated person who is committed to providing a holistic and cultural environment using a client centered approach to therapy where both the strengths and needs of individuals are recognized and encouraged. Your counselling journey with Teresa will include building trust, using a strength based approach and compassionate support as you work together in creating your wellness plan.
Throughout her 27 years of working with children, youth and families in many different capacities she has earned a BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family biking, paddling and enjoying the outdoors.
Currently Teresa divides her time between working part-time as a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician and private practice
- Aboriginal perspective
- Individual & Family Counselling
- Trauma & Attachment
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Emotional Regulation
- Anxiety, ADHD & Depression
- Social Skill Development
- Developmental Disabilities
- Parenting Support
Jamie (J.B.) Cole B.Sc., MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker/Therapist
Jamie holds a masters of social work from the University of Washington and is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers.
Jamie (JB) has been working with individuals, families and parents for over 15 years. Drawing from a foundation of emotional responsibility and utilizing a strengths based, systems approach to working with children, youth and families. Jamie is a trained Incredible Years Parenting facilitator with experience facilitating groups on parenting, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and men’s groups. Jamie uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and specializes in children and parents experiencing behavior or transitional challenges at school and home.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Anxiety and Stress Reduction
Cheryl Scaife, Behaviour Consultant
Cheryl Scaife holds a bachelors degree in child and youth care from university of Victoria and a master of Inclusive Education from McGill University. She has worked for the past seven years as an autism consultant with the Lester B. Pearson school board in Montreal. She had specialized in running social skills groups based on Social Thinking curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner. Cheryl also enjoys working with clients to help them understand their diagnosis and discover their individual strengths and needs. Cheryl is an experienced presenter on topics related to autism and has delivered workshops to parents, paraprofessionals, and professionals. She appreciates and values the perspective of others when creating a plan for a person with autism and works collaboratively to reach goals and increase social understanding and communication for individuals and in group settings.
Workshops for parents, teachers, support persons.
Social skills groups
One on one support
Behavioural intervention planning based on best practice standards
School and parent support
Cheryl enjoys the outdoors including hiking, sailing and gardening .
Olivia Hofer, MSW, RSW
Olivia’s primary goal in the counselling relationship is to support people to remember, discover, and nurture their own inherent strengths to improve their lives and relationships. Olivia has many years of experience working with adults, children/youth, couples, and families, and is especially passionate about working with women and children who have experienced or witnessed violence and abuse. She uses a variety of modalities including mindfulness, attachment focused therapies, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-informed practice (DBT), CBT, response-based ideas, and feminist / anti-oppressive approaches. Olivia holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker.
Amy Allan M.A., R.C.C. RCAT, RYT
Therapist / Art Therapist / Yoga Instructor
- Trauma, Grief & Loss, Addiction, Anxiety & Depression, Crisis Intervention
- Behavioural & Expressive Therapies
- Neurobiology & the Body Mind Connection
- Attachment Theory, Self-Regulation & Mindfulness Practice
Fiona Walker BSC., MSc., R.C.C.
Fiona emigrated from the U.K with her family to Kelowna in 2007. She has worked within various mental health and counselling services settings with individuals and families for over 18 years, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. These include child and adolescent in-patient units, and adult and youth community mental health teams as a counsellor/therapist . Fiona likes to work from a systemic perspective, while focusing on the core principles of attachment.
Fiona’s qualifications include a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counselling, a Bachelor of Science (BSPN) in Psychiatric Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons Degree) in Mental Health Studies. Fiona is Level 1 TEAM CBT Certified, and has completed additional training in Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents and CBT for Anxiety.
For concerns related to:
Self-esteem & worthiness
Life transitions (i.e. parental separation, school)
Parent and child conflicts
Jason Sloove, BA, MSc. MFAM
Jason is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master Science Marital and Family Therapy. He specializes in working with youth, adults, couples and family therapy. In addition, he also has experience working schools, government settings, youth treatment facilities, and healthcare facilities. Psychotherapeutic modalities include: Emotion-focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Positive Psychology and Process Experiential Therapy. Therapy specialities in clinical practice include:
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Adult Survivor of Sexual Abuse
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Counselling
- Family Counselling
- Emotion Dysregulation
Shauna Paynter, Bsc, MA, R.C.C.
children, adolescents, families and groups. She holds a Master of Art in
Transpersonal Psychology, Certification in Expressive Art Therapy trained
under Dr. Natalie Rogers, Professional Teaching License, and a Bachelor of
Science in Biology. She believes that transformation, individual growth, and
recovery from trauma are possible for everyone.
Shauna assists in reconnecting you with your inner resources and strengths.
This allows new possibilities to visit you. Your life will shift and move toward
more of what you desire. These changes happen within yourself and in your
relationships with others. Shauna employs a feedback-informed treatment
method within her practice, which is empirically proven to enhance client
satisfaction, recovery and transformation.