A registered clinical psychologist based in Vernon, British Columbia, Jane has compiled a vast range of knowledge and experience over the course of her career, which began in 1969.
Treating Survivors of Trauma, Depression & Anxiety
Serving clients throughout the North Okanagan and all of British Columbia, Jane works with people ages 19 to 70. Her work currently centres around treating survivors of trauma, depression and anxiety. Offering her expertise in all the new and innovative trauma techniques, including the so-called letter therapies. She has trained in cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety and teach skills in emotional regulation.
Doug Mackenzie has 18 years in the addiction field from residential management, group facilitating, public speaking, and private practice. Doug is well known for his ability to connect with his clients on a one to one basis or group setting. Doug’s personal journey in recovery for the last 22 years allows him to understand what you are going through and to motivate you to get where you want to be in your life. Doug’s commitment to living in the solution is attractive personal, and fun.
Geri Bemister is a Calgary and Vancouver drug and alcohol interventionist and has been performing interventions for the past seven years. Geri previously spent her time as a behavioural scientist, business owner and as the former Director of Operations at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
Geri brings an extensive and diverse background to her teaching including knowledge and experience with all facets of the Justice System including criminal law, case law, and civil law; professional therapeutic experience working with vulnerable and at risk clients, including vulnerable infants and children, substance abuse disordered clients, survivors of childhood trauma and domestic violence. Geri is a recognized expert on trauma, adverse childhood experiences, substance abuse, and associated issues both provincially and nationally.
Geri has studied the Criminal Justice System in five different countries and is currently a faculty member in the department of Criminology at Vancouver Island University. Geri is also a university/college professor within the Department of Criminology at North Island College in Courtenay, B.C.
In 2013, she was appointed by B.C. Premier Christy Clark to the BC Government’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction, with recommendations from the final report currently being implemented. Geri was most recently appointed to the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) Expert Advisory Committee.
Geri’s career has seen her serve as the primary lead on major health authority research projects concerning, mental health, addictions, and criminality in collaboration with MLA Daryl Plecas, the then RCMP research chair, at the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research. Ms. Bemister has ongoing involvement with nonprofit agencies, conducting pilot projects within the realms of crime prevention and crime reduction, and implementing therapeutic communities both within and external to correctional institutions.
Geri will be working with clients throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
– Masters’ Degree In Social Work from the University of Calgary where Deanne focused on Mental Health, Complex Multi-systemic Issues, as well as Adolescent Life Transitions.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a clinical mental health focus from the University of Regina.
– Mount Royal University – Human Resources
Deanne has over 16 years of front line counseling experience with issues ranging from life transition, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family stress, coping with life stressors and illnesses, eating disorders and self-harming behaviors as well as complex presenting problems.
She recognizes the importance of uncovering strengths as well as areas of challenge, and works carefully to develop strategies designed to help realize potential and maximize success.
Deanne utilizes a holistic approach focusing on strengths and solutions. She has the ability to draw from numerous treatment techniques to meet the needs of individual clientele. Deanne’s intention is to identify assets and strengths as opposed to focusing solely on deficits. She has worked extensively with youth, families, couples and seniors.
Deanne believes strongly in a strengths based approach in her practice, moving away from pathology, focusing on personal growth and individual potential to assist clients in achieving and maintaining closer attachments and a healthier more positive state of functioning. She understands the devastating impact illness can have in a family, and has devoted her time in providing support and teaching coping skills to enhance functioning and life satisfaction.
Deanne is a dynamic speaker and has presented and facilitated at Social Work Conferences, Health Region In-Services and Patient Safety and Quality Forums.