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
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.
“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
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
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 games.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Counselling brings empowerment and self-awareness. Carl Rogers once said “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” This is something that resonates with who I am as a counsellor. I want my clients to achieve this acceptance of themselves and realize that they are more than worthy- they are more than capable, to bring forth the change that they desire. Counselling is a great resource for everyone- because we can all do our part in making the world a better place.
I grew up in Spain as my family worked at a drug rehabilitation centre as missionaries. For 18 years of my life, I lived alongside those who were fighting to escape addiction. From a very young age, I began to realize how important mental health is, and how critical it is to have support. Through experiences in Spain and my schooling, I have been preparing myself to try my best to shine light in people’s lives. I have a passion for working with children, youth, and families, especially new mothers. Upon request, I offer faith-based counselling, and also counselling in Spanish.
My counselling style is an integrative approach, based primarily on Person-Centered Therapy. I use Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy techniques, a trauma- informed perspective, and many other tools that help my clients achieve self-awareness, connect with their emotions and accept who they are.
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.
CCPCP-Candidate under supervision of Bill Schuilenberg.
Why are you a counsellor?
Every place I have been to, every mentor that has guided me, every person I have worked with, have influenced who I am today and who I continue to wish to become. In the same way that I have been empowered, I want to empower others to reach their goals and know that in every situation, there is always hope.
I began my professional career in Social Work, then continued into 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
William & Associates is a full service counselling psychology practice with an internship program for practicum students and candidates for licensure.
With global experience, cross-cultural expertise, and a commitment to the values of relationship and community, co-founders Bill and Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg work to make therapy an affordable choice for anyone seeking help.
William & Associates therapists provide compassionate care, empathic listening, and confidential support in all areas of mental health and wellness.