Barbara Kates, MSc, MC, RCC

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My name is Barbara Kates and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC, #14414) and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA, #10001789). I offer compassionate and professional guidance that helps you resolve or manage life difficulties so you can find greater balance and a sense of well-being. You don't have to tough it out alone.

My warm and collaborative style helps create a safe and trusting bond where you can be yourself and gain clarity around what you need from therapy. I make space for all emotions in therapy, including tears and laughter. I am skilled in brief approaches that quickly and strategically target symptoms or concerns, as well as deeper modalities that help uncover issues that are driving complaints. My integrative approach draws from evidence-based approaches to tailor a plan that works just for you.

These are some of the therapy models I draw from:

Relational & Dynamic Therapy
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mentalization-Based Therapy (How to reflect on self and others, communication)
Attachment & Systemic (Family) Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Approaches (CBT, ACT & DBT)
Body-Centered Therapy (i.e. relaxation, breathing, trauma-based yoga)
Expressive Therapy (i.e. emotion, art, play)

I have over 20 years experience as a health professional in a broad range of physical and mental health approaches. I studied human nutrition, briefly attended medical school, trained as a dietitian, and gained additional graduate expertise in health psychology. Witnessing the powerful benefits of psychotherapy led me towards another graduate degree in counselling psychology. Becoming a registered clinical counsellor has deepened my skills in cognitive, dynamic, and systemic approaches. I use a trauma-informed, holistic perspective that allows me to integrate mind-body approaches into talk therapy in ways that feel safe and manageable for my clients. I also work with chronic illness and pain and one of my offices is located in Phoenix Health and Fitness.

You don't have to be in crisis or have a mental illness to seek my unbiased support. Therapy can be extremely valuable for those who feel stuck, disconnected, lost, or simply "going through the motions". I offer flexible but supportive structures and processes that can help you find relief, peace, and/or greater vitality and meaning in your life.

I would love to hear from you. Please visit my website and call or e-mail me to set up a time to discuss your concerns.


Barbara Kates Reaches

West Kelowna BC