Dr. Shelly Bonnah, Ph.D., RCC
Robb Dolson, M.Ed., CCC, RCC
Shannon Ritchie, M.C., RCC
Cole Levitt, M.Ed., CCC
Elyssa Krutop, M.Ed., RCC
Jessica Ganton-Stanley RCAT DVATI
Patrick McDonald, BSW, RSW
Patrick has lived most of his life in B.C., other than three working years in Australia, and is a Metis Citizen. He and his wife have raised their two ( now adult) children in Kamloops.
Patrick has spent much of his career working in the area of Youth substance use, and has extensive experience working for young people and their families. He is committed to assisting families, individuals and businesses who are directly or indirectly managing substance use and addictions issues. Patrick consults with employers regarding substance use situations in the workplace and provides counselling around the process of broadly-defined addictions (such as electronics, gambling, and other habitual behaviours). Patrick understands addiction as a symptom of something that makes sense in the context of someone’s life experience.
Treating all people with dignity and respect is an essential part of the service that Patrick provides, and this includes meeting people where they are at in terms of their use of substances or other addictions…without judgement, shame or coercion. The idea of counselling is to address the challenges and difficulties that an individual has experienced. This includes before, during, and after substance use and addiction becomes part of one’s life.
This is a time like no other in substance use within our community, and our country. There are many journeys to ‘recovery’ and the way forward will be created together, with respect and mutual cooperation.
Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work and is Registered Social Worker. He studied at The University of Victoria and the remainder of his education has been from within the field itself, and from youth and families. Patrick has a flexible schedule for appointments.
Kalie McIntosh, RCC
Kalie’s experience and area of concentration has been working for youth and young adults. Kalie’s background has enhanced her ability to connect with young people in their unique ways, and to work with their timing. Her experiences include working with youth and adults who have experienced a wide range of adversity, substance misuse along with other addictions, and traumatic events. At the core of Kalie’s work is the understanding that a person’s dignity must always be upheld, and she focuses on finding the different ways in which people work hard to maintain their dignity every day. Kalie is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 2008. She and her partner moved to Kamloops in 2015 to be closer to family. Kalie has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and an undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University. Kalie is also a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Kalie practices from a Response-Based Approach, and also incorporates other complimentary theories of practice.