Clarity.  Perspective.  Meaningful change.


marnie-olchoweckiLife is a wonderful, mystical training ground for our growth. We can never really be fully prepared for what lies ahead, but we can open ourselves to listening and learning, and reaching out for help when we are confronted with challenges which seem to call for responses beyond our usual coping skills. This is how we grow in strength, wisdom and the capacity to genuinely connect with each other. I am here to help you with the challenges life brings your way.

It is a privilege for me to work in partnership with my clients who are all striving for greater authenticity and real change, regardless of the particular circumstances which bring them to counselling.  In these website pages, you will find detailed information on my counselling services, which include individual psychotherapy, marriage counselling, family therapy, and child and youth counselling.  I also hold a special interest in assisting families who are separating, or, having undergone a separation in the past, may now be facing new developments (eg. remarriage; difficulties regarding parenting plans or agreements).  I am a member of the Collaborative Family Separation Professionals, a group which utilizes a professional team approach to assisting people to achieve a legal separation without court.  However, my services are available as a divorce coach or a child specialist regardless of the specific legal process in which you are engaged, as long as there is a willingness and commitment to finding solutions in the best interests of your children.  You can find more complete information under Collaborative Separation.

Social workers: dedicated to empowering people to thrive

While there are certainly ways in which the work of social workers, psychologists, and counsellors with degrees from other disciplines overlap, social work training emphasizes not only clinical skills, but a thorough understanding of how individuals are impacted by their social contexts.  This approach, often described as “systemic”, offers clients a broader perspective on their situation while identifying appropriate strategies for change.

Having been a registered clinical social worker (BC College of Social Workers) for over 30 years, I have worked in a variety of organizational settings which have given me a deep appreciation of how our social structures can either support or frustrate peoples’ attempts to create better lives for themselves and/or their family members.  I try to assist in finding supportive resources wherever possible.

As with psychologists, social workers are recognized by the federal government as mental health professionals, and therefore GST is not required.  Our services our often covered by national insurance companies, and you may use our receipts as medical receipts for income tax purposes