Barbara Kates, MSc, MC, RCC, CCC, Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y2H4

Barbara Kates, MSc, MC, RCC, CCC

Barbara Kates, MSc, MC, RCC, CCC

Professions: Counsellor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Registered Clinical Counsellor - 14414
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation


#312-3001 Tutt Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y2H4
1177 Sutherland Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y5Y2

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My Approach to Helping

Everyone suffers or gets stuck at some time in life. Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, depression, grief, or chronic health problems? Do you have food and body image struggles? Perhaps you are frustrated with relationship or parenting issues, unhappy with where your life is headed, or something feels "off", but you can't exactly pinpoint the cause. Maybe I can help. I offer a safe, compassionate space and the professional guidance that can help you resolve or manage these concerns so you can find greater hope, connection, and well-being. You don't have to tough it out alone.

More Info About My Practice

My interpersonal style is warm, collaborative, and respectful so we can create a trusting bond that feels safe and comfortable. When appropriate, I can be gently playful or use humour - I make space for all emotions in therapy, including tears and laughter. My strengths-based and integrative approach draws from many approaches so that we can design a plan that works just for you.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am educated and trained in a broad range of mental and physical health approaches and I have over 20 years experience as a health professional. After a degree in human nutrition and a brief foray into medical school, I became a dietitian and pursued additional graduate study in eating behavior and health psychology. Seeing the powerful benefits of working psychotherapeutically in my practice led me to complete another graduate degree in counselling psychology. Becoming a registered clinical counsellor has deepened my skills in cognitive, dynamic, and systemic approaches. I use a trauma-informed, holistic perspective that allows me to integrate mind-body approaches into talk therapy in ways that feel safe and manageable for my clients.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

People do not have to be in crisis or have a mental illness to seek the unbiased support of a professional counsellor. I am trained to assist those in severe distress or in urgent situations, but therapy can be extremely valuable during those times when you feel stuck, disconnected, lost, or simply "going through the motions".

I offer a free, 30-minute initial phone or in person consultation where you can decide if counselling or I am a good fit for you. Visit my website, call me, or send me an e-mail.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissism
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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