Our Practicum Students 

Chrissi Stronach


Chrissi has been working in the field of disability management for over 12 years. Throughout this time she has enjoyed coaching and mentoring her team and peers while also helping persons through difficult times while they are on leave from work for medical reasons. The desire to help people is what drove her to return to school and change her career path while working full time and raising a son along with her husband. Fast forward 2 plus years and she has almost completed a graduate degree in counselling psychology with only a practicum remaining before graduating. Chrissi looks forward to being able to apply what she has learned through this program and life at William & Associates.


Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology- Yorkville University, January 2017- Spring 2020 

Post Graduate Part Time Therapeutic Recreation Program- Georgian College, 2008- September 2011

Bachelor of Science and Honors in Human Kinetics- University of Ottawa, 2002- April 2006

Counselling status:

Practicum Student – Yorkville University Graduate Program

Why are you a counsellor?

Sounds cliche but it is the reason I am starting a second career. I want to help people. 

There have been various times in my own life where I have needed the support and guidance from a counsellor, for both personal and professional reasons. Having access to these services helped me come through those times better prepared and confident in myself. I want to help others through their life journey at whichever phase they are at. 

Something we wouldn't know about you?

I am a mother to two incredible children, 3 years old, and 4 months and have a wonderful and very supportive husband. We all love to be outside and that is part of the appeal of why we are moving from Ontario to Kelowna. 

Most shared book recommendation?

'The Spark' - Kristen Barnett and 'Do What You Are'- Paul Tieger 

Favourite quote(s)?

"Love the life you live. Live the life you love."

Bob Marley 

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Princess Diana

Stephanie Hopkins


Stephanie is a genuine and empathic person with a passion for helping others.  She has been working in the counselling field for over 7 years and currently works as an outreach mental health and substance use clinician at Interior Health Authority.  A lifelong learner, she is committed to her own personal growth.  Stephanie was born in the lower mainland, but has been living in Kelowna for the past 10 years and enjoys the outdoors, travelling, and spending time with her family and pets.  She brings a playful sense of humour and authenticity to her practice, respecting the uniqueness of each individual and their personal values and goals.


-Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress), Yorkville University

-Bachelor of Social Work (2012), University of British Columbia Okanagan

Counselling status:

-Practicum Student-Yorkville University Graduate Program

-Mental Health and Substance Use Clinician-Interior Health Authority

Why are you a counsellor?

I have always been passionate about helping others.  I believe that personal hardships can lead to powerful growth and wisdom that can be passed forward.  That is the thing that led me to become a counsellor.  I learn so much from the people I work with and it is very meaningful to me to be a part of their journeys. 

Something we wouldn't know about you?

I am a singer/songwriter and play guitar.  I also spent a total of 12 months living in Nunavut on the Baffin islands where I worked as a mental health clinician.

Most shared book recommendation?

'Full Catastrophe Living' by John Kabat-Zinn

Favourite quote(s)?

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Niki Connor


Born and raised in Vernon BC, Niki discovered her passion for helping others when she was in high school.  Jumping right into it, Niki acquired a Bachelor of Psychology right after high school, and through formal education, training, and life experience, has focused on improving her counselling skills, and techniques.  Niki has worked as a counsellor for various organizations in the Okanagan over the past 13 years, and currently is a Child and Family Counsellor at North Okanagan Youth and Family Services, in Vernon.  


- Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress), Yorkville University

- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Okanagan University College (2004)

Counselling status:

- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association :-

Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) Member #3963

- Practicum Student – Yorkville University Graduate Program

- Child and Family Counsellor – North Okanagan Youth and Family Services

Why are you a counsellor?

In the various hats I have worn in my professional and personal life, I have realized that my passion for helping others is deeply rooted.  If I do what I love for work, then it doesn’t really feel like work. I feel privileged to be a witness in those moments when someone is bravely trying something new and different.  I believe that mental health is synonymous with physical health, and if I can plant a seed, or water one previously planted, to help others become better versions of themselves, then I am not “working”, I am contributing. 

Something we wouldn't know about you?

I lived in The Bahamas for the past year, where I was able to finish up my online courses.  I fell in love with the ocean (especially the sting rays and the dolphins). I also had the privilege to learn how to kite board.

Most shared book recommendation?

'In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts' – Gabor Mate

'7 Habits of Highly Effective People' – Stephen R Covey

Favourite quote(s)?

"Love yourself more deeply, then pour that love on the world"

Danielle Laporte 

"If we knew better, we’d do better"

Maya Angelou

Hayley Yarish


Over the past 8 years, Hayley has gained extensive experience working with children, youth, individuals, and families struggling with a variety of life challenges, traumas, and life transitions. She has worked with individuals in treatment centres, group homes, personal care homes, women's emergency shelters, as well as in other social service agencies and non-profit organizations. Hayley is committed to her own personal and professional development, she loves to learn and is continuously upgrading and expanding her education to ensure that she provides the best level of care and service to each of her clients and their unique needs. She provides a safe and supportive space for clients to navigate a variety of challenges and looks forward to connecting with you. 


- Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress), Yorkville University

- Bachelor Human Ecology - Family Social Sciences, University of Manitoba 

- Life Coach Certificate, Rhodes Wellness College 

- Child and Youth Care Diploma, Red River College 

Counselling status:

- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association:

Master Practitioner of Clinical Counselling (MPCC) and Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) - Member #3866

- Practicum Student - Yorkville University Graduate Program

Why are you a counsellor?

From a young age I had a strong desire to help people. I had an innate ability to go deep with those I spent time listening to and I have always found the mystery of human behaviour and the magic that is healing to be fascinating. I am continuously inspired by the wisdom, power and resilience of the human spirit and know that more is always possible. Counselling is more than a profession to me, it is truly my hearts work. It is my intention to create a safe and sacred space for reflection, self-discovery, deep healing, and radical transformation. 

Something we wouldn't know about you?

I love to read, travel and expand my world-view. I have volunteered abroad in Africa and previously completed a practicum placement in Nicaragua. I am also attempting to read 52 books this year! 

Most shared book recommendation?

Radical Forgiveness - Colin Tipping

Light is the New Black - Rebecca Campbell 

Favourite quote(s)?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us” 

- Marianne Williamson 


"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are” 

- Brené Brown


Call us now: 1 (236) 420 1155

WhatsApp: 1 (250) 859 2363

1856 Ambrosi Road, #114

Kelowna, BC

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