Your Therapy and Covid-19: Update

Over the past 2 months we have been working hard to provide you with the emotional support you’ve needed during this unprecedented time of stress, unrest and uncertainty. We are pleased to have been able to continue to provide you with the personal, couple and family therapy you’ve needed in an on-line format. It’s been important to us to play our part in flattening the curve. 

With this week’s announcement by the Provincial government that we are entering British Columbia’ s second Phase of our response to Covid 19, and that some restrictions are being lightened, we are pleased to announce that starting Tuesday, May 19th we will be resuming in-person appointments at our clinic. We remain committed to providing an environment that is safe for you, as well as for our team. To this end, there are some steps we will be taking to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our team.

Our clinicians will be staggering start times for our appointments by 15 minutes so that you will not be placed in a situation to interact with other visitors to our office. In order for this to work, we ask that you arrive for your appointment on time, but not early. If you arrive at the Stewart Centre a few minutes before the start time of your appointment, we ask that you wait in your vehicle until just before your appointment begins. Give yourself enough time to use the rest room, and fix yourself a coffee. Please use hand sanitizer upon your arrival. Some will be provided for you. If you are experiencing cold or flue like symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who has, do not come to the office for your appointment. We are happy to provide your therapy on-line.

We are committed to providing you with a safe and sanitary office setting. Seating areas, drink station, door knobs, rest room keys and surfaces will be sanitized at regular intervals throughout the day. If you are bringing your child in for therapy or are a support person for someone receiving therapy, you are welcome to wait for them in our office. The seating area will be arranged to encourage safe distances.

If you have questions about your appointment or would like to discuss your options for therapy with your counsellor, please do not hesitate to contact him or her. We are committed to providing you with the safest possible environment for your personal and relationship care.

Sincerely,

Your team at The Okanagan Relationship & Wellness Centre

henry sawatzky therapist

Meet Henry Sawatzky

MA; RCC and Director

Henry is a certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy and in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. The knowledge embodied in these two empirically validated and proven methods of couples therapy provides strategies needed to help shape your relationship into a source of strength and safe harbor your relationship and family needs in order to thrive.

helga illig counselor

Meet Helga Illig

MA; RCC and Director

Helga believes everyone has a story to tell and endeavors to work with her clients to tell their story to help them address important issues and events in their lives. It is her desire to help her clients succeed in achieving life and relationship goals. Her client centered approach begins “where you are at” in order to explore and pursue new perspectives on your life and circumstances.

terri-lynn kent kelowna counselor

Meet Terri-Lynn Kent

MA; RCC and Associate

Terri-Lynn Kent, RSW studied at the University of Calgary and achieved a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has over 18 years of clinical experience in health care and Employee and Family Assistance Environments. Terri-Lynn has worked closely with individuals and families living with chronic illness, cancer, dementia, persistent pain, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.

Helping Families and Couples

build Healthy Relationships

We are wired to connect with, and to depend on one another.

It is how we grow and exist

Relationships naturally cycle through periods of connection, disconnection and repair. It’s through this process that they grow stronger.

Sometimes we get stuck in disconnection and lose our sense of togetherness and security.

In spite of concerted efforts to reconnect, preserve closeness, and reduce conflict, the wellness of our most important relationships can begin to feel out of our control.

At the Relationship Wellness Centre we know the road map to help you get your most important connections back on track. You can be assured that help is available for you and your family to feel secure, loved and loving.

We specialize in professional therapy services for families, individuals,  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well Hold Me Tight workshops.

Find out how Accessible, Responsive and Engaged you & your partner are with each other.

A.R.E. Questionnaire (1)

  • From your viewpoint, is your partner accessible to you?

    1= Infrequently. 2= Some of the time. 3= Most often
  • From your viewpoint, is your partner responsive to you?

    1= Infrequently. 2= Some of the time. 3= Most often
  • Are you positively emotionally engaged with each other?

    1= Infrequently. 2= Some of the time. 3= Most often
Couples Workshop