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Dana Patterson – Counselling

Dana was born and raised in Prince George, BC and grew up riding and showing horses.  In 1989, Dana relocated to Victoria and attended the University of Victoria from 1989-1996 obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree.  After backpacking around Europe for several months, Dana settled in Kelowna in the fall of 1997.  She went on to start a family and teach until 2010.  After two years of additional study, Dana obtained her Masters of Counselling degree in 2010 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  Today, she enjoys counselling in a local high school and working in private practice with teens and adults.  Leisure time is spent reading, walking the beautiful local trails, and spending time with friends and family.
Her northern roots bring a down to earth and common sense approach to her counselling practice.  Working with children and families for the past 25 years has given her insight into the challenges that come with different stages of life and relationships.  She also likes to incorporate humour into the therapeutic process as we discover that our difficulties in life make us more alike than we are different.  Dana has training and experience in a variety of modalities, and designs a therapeutic approach that is tailored to each individual.  In addition to common challenges such as anxiety and depression, Dana has specialized training in loss & grief, trauma, and working with neurodivergent, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.
Favourite Quote: “When we have the courage to walk into our story and own it, we get to write the ending.”  Brene Brown