Fern Whitfield, RPCc

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  • Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate
  • Penticton & Summerland Offices, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6E9
  • Phone: 250-462-3477
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  • Session Fees: 80.00/hour, Sliding scale is available based on income and ability to pay.
  • www.upbringings.ca

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Any solid therapeutic relationship requires a certain amount of openness and trust, so, please allow me to introduce myself to you.  I hope that this information will give you a sense of who I am and how I might be able to help you.

First, I am a very down-to-earth, client-centered counsellor.  I use an emotion-focused, attachment-based brief therapy approach to help understand and resolve all sorts of challenges and issues.  I can help with individual problems, marriage and relationship problems, parenting struggles, dealing with separation & divorce, anger & stress management, family disputes, communication breakdowns, emotional and behavioral problems and adjusting to a diagnosis, just to name a few.  I absolutely love working with couples and families.   I really believe there is power in healthy relationships, whether that involves family, friends, co-workers or marital/love relationships.  

I believe that feeling good about yourself, maintaining healthy relationships with others, managing your own emotions and being able to rebound from disappointments or difficulties, are a direct reflection of your past and present attachment relationships. I also think that tuning in to your emotions can help you find better ways of expressing them and regulating them.  My own personal life experiences have taught me that even the most extreme and intense challenges can be transformed into magnificent opportunities for personal growth.  And, at the risk of sounding "new age" or "spiritual", I also believe that every person has their own "inner wisdom" which reveals itself only when we are ready to receive it.
As well as being an entrepreneur, I'm a single mother of two teens.  Being a parent is one of the things that I am most proud of, and although it has been, and will always be a challenging journey, I look forward to it every day.  I have experienced great joy and immense personal growth in this process called parenting.  These are the skills and experiences that no degree could ever provide!

For all of my adult life, independent study of psychology, sociology, neuroscience, attachment theory, child development, parenting philosophies and child discipline have been my avocation.  My 30+ years of previous self-employment provided an income and the flexibility to raise my family, and as the kids got older, I realized that I could finally take some time off and go back to school, which is something that I always aspired to do.  It took a lot of guts and hard work to go back to school in my forties, but it was well worth it.  I'm doing what I love and loving what I do each and every day!
Every individual has different experiences, perceptions, feelings, thoughts, beliefs, values, attitudes, cultural backgrounds and "upbringings".  Our lives are filled with challenges...my goal is to help you find new ways to change your unique challenges into opportunities, and put some peace and joy back into your daily living.
Consider allowing me the opportunity to bring new hope to you and new life to your relationships.  In the comfort and security of my office, you can learn to let go of your habitual defences that are keeping you stuck and allow your guard to come down.  When you can just be who you are and tell it like it is for you, you will become completely engaged in finding the solutions that you are looking for. 
Give me a call or send me a text at 250-462-3477 or click on the "send me a message" tab.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

​In my off hours, I enjoy spending time in nature; hiking, camping and roasting marshmallows on the campfire.  Gardening, cooking, baseball and reading are some of my favorite pastimes.  Spending time with my family is another precious gift that I enjoy as often as possible.  I also volunteer as a Roots of Empathy teacher for School District 53.


Fern Whitfield Reaches

Summerland BC