Our History

Oakhill Counselling and Mediation Services was launched in 1988 by Colleen Gibson and Beverley Kendall. Both women were counsellors who had a heart for helping individuals, couples, and families. Their vision was to create a space that fostered healing, wellness, and growth and to invite other counsellors and psychologists to join them in that vision. Over the years, Oakhill has grown to include up to 30 professionals providing therapy for individuals, couples, and families from a variety of evidence based models to ensure you get the best care possible.

Our Vision

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Our vision is to see individuals and families improve relationships, make healthy choices, discover resilience and  improve their well being.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the most competent, responsive, flexible and diverse services needed to address the client’s concerns.

We are diverse. Our personnel are made up of both male and female therapists who utilize a broad range of evidence based therapeutic modalities. We have representation from several racial backgrounds (East Indian, European, South African, Indigenous) and speak several different languages. We range in age from 30 to 65 years, have a diverse background of professional experiences and settings (addiction treatment, community psychology, health) and represent several religious philosophies.  We also have representation from the LGBTQ2S community.

We are flexible. We strive to provide services in a timely fashion and because of our large network of professionals, can accommodate any schedule.

We are competent. We are made up of professionals with significant professional experience and hold at least a masters degree in counselling, psychology or social work and who are registered with a professional organization such as the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, BC College of Social Workers or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. We also have psychologists who hold a doctorate degree in psychology and who are registered with the BC College of Psychologists.

We are responsive. We return phone calls/emails within one business day, we have several offices in the Fraser Valley, and can provide telehealth services if preferred. Our goal is to provide the service you need when you need it. So, we can meet you when, where and how you want to receive services.

Our Values

Person centered – we believe everything starts and ends with you. Our focus is to help you achieve what you want to achieve and to use whatever tools are at our disposal to help you get there.

Ethical Integrity – we operate at the highest of ethical practice and are transparent in that endeavour. We believe in “saying what we do and doing what we say.”

Compassion – as a wise person once said “no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  The process of helping starts and ends with the foundation of compassion that develops a safe, trusting relationship from which to explore and discovery solutions neither of us could discover alone.

Authentic – as wounded healers, we have struggled on our own and bring everything we are to the helping relationship. None of us are “perfect” or ‘have all the answers.”  Instead, we leverage our own humanness to your advantage to develop strategies that are uniquely your own.

Lifelong Learning – as helpers, we understand that personal and professional development is a process, not a destination. As professionals, we are committed to lifelong learning that informs our ability to help. We are also tenacious about our personal development.  Healing wounds, evolving and transforming ourselves and our relationships that reflect our integrity and commitment to the helping process.

At Oakhill, we are committed to your well-being and personal development. We leverage our unique selves as individuals and professionals to help you refine and develop actions that work. That’s what we do and that’s why we’re the best choice. That’s the Oakhill Advantage.