ACTON BESPOKE COUNSELLING SERVICES

Covid - 19 Pandemic

To ensure the safety of clients and staff during this unprecedented situation, all counselling sessions will be available to clients across Canada via tele-therapy

Who am I - What am I?

Hi I'm Gen Acton, thank you for visiting my website. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor and Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling where I have met the standards approved by the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (License #3452) see criteria outlined below and have been supporting individuals, couples and families since 2012.


Based in Vernon, British Columbia, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, my specialty is working with couples to develop healthy relationships and manage the inevitable conflict that occurs when there are two brains, often with two very different perspectives trying to work on the same goal.


Let's start by acknowledging that marriages are hard work, and like any work, there are times when couples struggle. What once attracted you to your partner could be the very thing that is getting in the way of the happiness you previously enjoyed. Whether you have disconnected over time, there have been hurtful words spoken or physical interactions, maybe an affair partner or other external stressors that appear insurmountable to you right now, you don't have to do this alone.

Incorporating the highly acclaimed Gottman Method of Clinical Counselling into my practice, this journey of rediscovery focuses on moving away from the negative behaviour patterns that are getting in the way of your love story through rebuilding friendship, trust and commitment.


Using this scientifically proven method, developed by John and Julie Gottman in their Love Lab more than 30 years ago, I will provide you with specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage ‘resolvable problems’ and have dialogue about ’gridlocked’ issues by being able to recognize when the Four Horsemen (Criticism, Defensiveness,Contempt and Stonewalling) are high-jacking your communication.

We will work together to help you appreciate your relationship's strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.


Why Choose Acton Bespoke Counselling Services? 

The decision to seek out therapy can be a daunting task. Another person hearing your story for what may be the first time, or the hundredth time, as you carry the burden of the stress. Using a person centered approach, I will meet you where you are at in your journey to support you throughout the counselling process.


THERAPY CONSISTS OF:

1. Assessment

2. Treatment

3. Phasing Out of Therapy

4. Termination


ASSESSMENT: The initial session will focus on gathering background information on your areas of concern and goals for treatment

TREATMENT: The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, I will establish points in which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, I encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about therapy at any time


PHASING OUT: In the later stage of therapy we will meet less often in order for you to test out your new skills and to prepare for termination of therapy


TERMINATION: Although you may terminate therapy at any time, it is recommended you have at least one session to summarize progress, define the work that remains and say goodbye.




It's Not Just For Couples....

I work with my clients to resolve:

Anger Management

Anxiety

Behaviour Support
Caregiver Support
Conflict Management
Family Dynamics (Teen-Parent Conflict, Blended Families)
Grief Anticipation and Recovery
Life Transitions
Mood Disorders
PTSD
Workplace Conflict
Workshop Facilitation
Keynote Speaker

About The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) is a Canadian non-profit entity registered in accordance with the National Corporate Registry of Canada. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected by the members of

the Association.


Since our founding in 1990, the CPCA has been dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. The CPCA serves the public from coast to coast to coast. Our members meet rigorous standards for education and training and clinical experience before they can be granted the Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) designation.”

The Mandate of the

Association

“To foster public protection by regulating its members’ professional practice through a comprehensive Code of Ethics, competency-based assessment, ongoing evaluation, and clear expectation of compliance with standards of practice.


The Association’s leadership has demonstrated that it will distinguish between public protection and profession's self-interest, and in administering the realities of self-regulation, will favour the former.”

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association

Mission Statement

“Working together to promote and support competency in clinical counselling and psychotherapy.”

My Mission Statement

Coming Soon

​Testimonials 

“A highly talented counsellor, Gen holds herself to a high standard of performance and professionalism and is a committed advocate to her clients"

- K Kitching, Child Psychologist, AB.



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