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Don't let distance or location prevent you from getting the help and support you need.

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About Stride Wellness

Stride Wellness provides counselling services with a holistic approach. Michelle has a Master of Education in Counselling and a passion for helping and supporting others in reaching their personal, academic and career goals. She works to remove barriers by providing traditional therapeutic counselling services with alternatives for those where distance, location and therapeutic setting may prevent them from accessing the support and resources they desire. Although Stride Wellness is based out of Kamloops, BC, the intention is to use technological resources in a safe and secure manner to reach those across Canada and International markets to ensure all who require the use of a counsellor have access to it. For those in the Thompson Okanagan region, Walking Therapy will also be offered for in-person counselling sessions. Groups and workshops will be available in a variety of formats and will cover a number of topics.

Michelle is skilled in a number of techniques including, but not limited to, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Response Based Therapy. Ultimately, all counselling sessions are client-led and the needs of each client are unique, meaning the direction taken will be based on the clients goals. 

Michelle is open to working with clients with all kinds of needs and has a special passion for those experiencing grief, loss and/or trauma. In addition, Michelle has set aside time for 5 hours of pro bono work per month for caregivers who've had a child in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Plus, a percentage of the proceeds from the Weary & Burdened podcast will be donated to BC Women & Children's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. 

 

Counselling Staff

Michelle Onyango

MEd. in Counselling, RCC

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to try walking therapy over traditional counselling?

There are many reasons you may prefer this option. Those who have tried walking therapy say it helps them get "unstuck." Being outdoors has a natural calming effect. There is also research showing that walking assists the issue to move from the left and right sides of the brain and helps to work through the problem.

I'm concerned I wont be fit enough to try walking therapy.

 

If you have approval by a doctor to participate you will be fit enough. You set the pace so you don't have to worry about covering a certain distance. This is appropriate for all shapes and weights. 

What about privacy? What if people see us walking?

People are out walking and talking all the time. If we see someone you know, your privacy is of uttmost importance and the reason for our walk will not be disclosed. Privacy will be discussed during our first meeting to ensure your comfort.

CONTACT US

Contact Information

Kamloops, BC, Canada

info@stridewellness.org

 Tel: 250-574-3121

Hours

Monday – Friday  08:30 – 14:00; 16:00 - 19:00

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to try walking therapy over traditional counselling?

There are many reasons you may prefer this option. Those who have tried walking therapy say it helps them get "unstuck." In additon, being outdoors has a natural calming effect. For others, they want an alternative to sitting in a counselling office. Plus, you can always try  Walking Therapy to see whether you find it helpful before choosing an alternative option.

I'm concerned I wont be fit enough to try walking therapy.

 

If you have approval by a doctor to participate you will be fit enough. You set the pace so you don't have to worry about covering a certain distance. This is appropriate for all shapes and weights. 

What about privacy? What if people see us walking?

People are out walking and talking all the time. If we see someone you know, your privacy is of uttmost importance and the reason for our walk will not be disclosed. Privacy will be discussed during our first meeting to ensure your comfort.

Is video and telephone counselling private and secure?

I am required to keep all documents and files private and secure. We will discuss the limits to confidentiality when we first meet. All the forms will be stored securely according to standards set out by my profession. I also have high security settings on my computer and phone. We can discuss this in more depth during our consultation. 

Is there a sliding scale for services? Can I use my benefits from work to pay for counselling?

There is a sliding scale for anyone where finances are a barrier to service. Unfortunately, work benefits can not be used at this time. I am in the process of trying to increase the number of benefits programs I can accept. You can, however, submit the receipts when you file your taxes as a deduction. 

How many sessions will I need?

This varies from person to person. The number of sessions will be dependent on your goals. We can discuss this in more detail duirng our initial session. We will also reassess this as sessions progress. 

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