Many individuals and couples looking for counselling are just regular people who find themselves stuck in a place they don't want to be: emotionally (negative emotions), personally (low self-esteem, poor boundaries), or relationally (conflict/communication issues). Whether it's the result of an unexpected crisis, or simply an accumulation of things that are dragging us down, life can get stressful and overwhelming for the best of us. We can all use some encouragement and guidance to get to a better place.
That's where I would be privileged to work with you. After 20 years of counselling thousands of clients, I have learned that there are a few key principles that can create dramatic, positive shifts in people's lives in a short period of time. Most people I partner with get unstuck quickly, and start experiencing freedom in three important areas of life - their emotional life, personal life, and relational life. Typically clients get results because they are able to discover and use simple, proven frameworks to understand and change patterns that that may be holding them back in their life.
I offer an effective alternative for people who might not want "traditional counselling," where they might fear they'll go to an office and have to talk about all their problems while the therapist listens intently, and asks: "How does that make you feel?" My approach is practical, and focussed on solutions. It is evidence-based, and builds on decades of research on CBT and Mindfulness concepts. However, instead of spending your valuable time and money taking your therapist on a tour of your 'swamp' (your stuck place) and then having them leave you at the end of the session in the same place you started, I provide a different way to move forward. Equipping you with the tools, resources, and understanding you need to achieve freedom in these key of your life is what I love doing the most. When we are in alignment with proven principles, getting onto 'solid ground' can take place quickly.
Although over the years I have worked with clients dealing with all sorts of issues, I believe that I am able to help clients get results most quickly in the following areas: stress, anxiety, anger and addictions and depression. For couples, I enjoy teaching them to communicate effectively and resolve conflict quickly so that issues can be addressed properly and end in win-win solutions, as opposed to arguing or giving-in.
With a free half-hour consultation and a money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose, and only your freedom to gain. Call today to book a time to meet in one of our two locations - Vernon or Kelowna.
Vern is also a published author! Find out more about his book, “The Simple Stress Solution”, here.
Vern Ward can help you with:
- marriage issues
- anger management
Benefits of therapy with Vern Ward:
- improving relationship / communication with your spouse
- overcoming depression and anxiety
- more self-confidence and empowerment
- putting destructive addictions to rest... for good!
- parenting tools for fewer battles with your children
With over 20 years of professional experience, Vern has developed a diversity in his therapeutic approach that stems from his involvement in the mental health system, as well as addiction recovery, educational, and private practice settings. He has served as a consultant to government agencies working with clients with a wide range of clinical issues. In addition to his skills as a mediator, facilitator and trainer, his years teaching psychology at university also underline his knowledge of current research and practice.
Cost of therapy with Vern Ward:
- $150 per session, or 4 sessions for $500
- Money-back satisfaction guarantee
- In Kelowna: 1455 Ellis St, Suite 203, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3
- In Vernon: 3207 – 30 Ave, 2nd Flr, Vernon, BC V1T 2C6
- RCC Designation (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors)
- MA Counselling Psychology (TWU)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (University of Calgary)
“Although connecting with clients is the most important part of therapy, I love helping them identify and change negative patterns of behavior using concrete, effective strategies." - Vern Ward