Our Interns

Davis Wiggs



After graduating from UBC Okanagan with a degree in Psychology, Davis decided to further pursue his education at the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and completed the Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, with an emphasis on Youth and Families. With this in mind, Davis’ diverse work background working within social services has given him the opportunity to extend his skills within the counselling environment. From workshop facilitating to working with kids with exceptionalities, his interpersonal and communication skills have proven to be an asset time and time again. With an integrative counselling approach, Davis will work on strategies that allow his clients to address the root cause of difficulties while building meaningful social connections. 


Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, 2020
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2019

Counselling Status
Intern Counsellor

Why are you a Counsellor?
Throughout my life, I have been a constant ear for friends and family that need it most. In
the past year, I have grown fondly with the passion to help others and be that ear when
people have nowhere to turn to. With my friendly and compassionate nature, I want clients
to feel comfortable within the counselling space while having the ability to share their story
without judgment.

Something we wouldn’t know about you?
While growing up on the Southern Gulf Islands for nearly 10 years, I used to take a water
taxi back and forth to school.

Favourite quote(s)?
“If you love your job, you won’t work a day in your life” – Anonymous

“It’s okay to be a glow stick: Sometimes we have to break before we shine” – Jadah Sellner

Chantale Elliott



Chronic illness and pain can be extremely debilitating however, it doesn't need to
completely control and dominate your life. I have a passion for helping people regain their life from chronic illness and pain because of my own journey with Fibromyalgia.

Continued education, training and pain management programs have provided me with a
wealth of tools and techniques to help you manage chronic illness and pain. I recently
graduated from the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and am a Certified Clinical
Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) and Certified Tele-therapy Mental Health Provider
(CTMH). With a 25-year background in natural health and lifelong learning I bring a wealth
of experience to the therapy process.

Strategies for helping are continually evolving with research advances. I strive to integrate
the best research evidence-based approaches and emerging promising practices in my
counselling and value approaches to health both physical and mental which include all
aspects of a person, integrating physical, mental, spiritual and social perspectives.


2020 Thompson Rivers University (BA in progress)
2019 Kelowna College of Professional Counselling Diploma of Applied Psychology and
Professional Counselling

Counselling Status
I am currently an RPC-Candidate with William & Associates’ Internship Program under the
clinical supervision of Carol Loney, MA

Why are you a Counsellor?
I have passion for helping people regain their life from chronic illness and pain because of
my own journey with fibromyalgia. I also have an insatiable curiosity about the science
behind the connection between mind and body.

Something we wouldn’t know about you
English is my second language, and French is my mother tongue.
I love spending time with my grown sons, their significant others and family pets whether
outside hiking, canoeing or inside enjoying movies, playing board games and even video

Favourite quote(s)

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Confucius
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see
rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

Heather Rawson



I am passionate about providing safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space for  you to do the courageous work of choosing to improve the quality of your life. I believe in your power to overcome life’s challenges and create a life that feels meaningful. 


Whether you have been through trauma, grief, addiction or are feeling generally dissatisfied in life and are looking for support in navigating life’s transitions, together we will develop strategies that break old patterns and reach towards harmony and wellness.


My counselling approach centres around mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy. Our work will centre on decoding the relationship you have between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours; along with your connection to your mind and body. 


It is my joy and commitment to guide you on a therapeutic journey that is highly personalized and collaborative. 



I completed a Diploma of Applied Psychology and Professional Counselling at the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling in October, 2017. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (300 hour) with Yoga Alliance.


Counselling Status

I am currently counselling under the supervision of Bill Schuilenberg, RPC, MPCC, CSAT as I complete the prerequisite client hours to become a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.


Why I became a counsellor

Through my own journey navigating parenting, career, marriage, and divorce, I became fascinated with doing the work to find a life that is meaningful and purposeful. That, coupled with my passion for yoga and holistic wellness has led to my pursuit of being a licensed counsellor.


Something You Wouldn’t Know About Me

I was born and raised right here in Kelowna. My great grandparents settled here as farmers almost a century ago. While I have also lived in Toronto and Saskatoon, I hope to always call the Okanagan home.


Favourite Quote

“Let everything happen to you

Beauty and terror

Just keep going

No feeling is final” ~Rainer Maria Rilke


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

~Anne Lamott

Maria Garcia


Where am I from? That's a very hard question for a third-culture kid. One of the aspects of my life that I most treasure is being multicultural. I was born in Canada, raised in Spain, I have Mexican and Spanish family, spent time in England, travelled to Portugal, Italy, India, Senegal… Every place I've been to and every culture I've been immersed in, has taken a piece of my heart. 


I now live in Kelowna, BC together with my husband and toddler. I love being a mother and learning everyday about what it is to love unconditionally.

Most of my experience has been working with children and youth in several different areas. I have a passion for helping families, especially new mothers. Motherhood can be difficult, and it for sure “takes a village”.

My counselling style is an integrative approach, focusing on person-centered therapy, using strategies to achieve self-awareness and empowerment. I provide counselling in both English and Spanish. Upon
request, I offer Christian faith based counselling.

Bachelor's degree in Social Work- Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain- 2015.
Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling- Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, Canada- 2020.

Counselling Status
CCPCP-Candidate under supervision of Bill Schuilenberg.

Why are you a counsellor?
In one of my high school yearbooks, my classmates gave me the title of Best Friend. I was always passionate about listening to others and trying my best to help them through their journeys. In later years through youth work in England and in Spain, I had opportunities to mentor young women. This was life-changing. I loved to see them thrive and accomplish more than they could imagine. This lead me to study Social Work, and furthermore, Counselling. This is what I love, and will continue to pursue

as I grow and develop as a professional, in order to help my clients in the best way possible.

Something we wouldn't know about you?
I went for an under-water walk in the Indian Ocean.

Favorite quote (s)?

"The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there"
-- Ellie Rodriguez

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of
these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13


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