Tennille Phipps (RPC, MPCC) has been working in the field of mental health & addictions for the past 14 years. She has a broad range of experience in case management, development and facilitation of programs and workshops as well as individual and couples counseling. Specifically, she was a program coordinator for a recovery program for women here in Kamloops before relocating to Calgary. There, she spent three years with the Mustard Seed supervising a Housing First program for individuals with high needs in the downtown core. In her counselling practice now she focuses on trauma, grief and loss, addictions and relationship counselling for youth and adults.
Tennille is certified in Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), which is a specific technique used in the treatment of trauma (read more about this form of therapy on our blog entitled OEI). More recently she has begun to apply this technique to assist athletes in overcoming obstacles and enhancing their performance. Her work with athletes also includes teaching leadership and team building skills.
Tennille uses an integrative approach to counselling, respecting the individuality and autonomy of each client, and believing that there is no “one size fits all” method. Accordingly, she collaborates with her clients as she supports them in their healing journey. This collaboration strengthens the therapeutic relationship, and sometimes even includes her dog, Kaiah, whose presence in the therapy room helps to provide grounding and comfort. Kaiah comes in at the request of the clients.
Born and raised in Kamloops, Tennille enjoys exploring the many trails around the area with her partner and Kaiah. She finds peace in music and art, loves to cook, play games and is learning to garden. Traveling has always been a passion for her as she loves adventure and experiencing different countries and cultures. Even though she has moved away a few times, her love for the community of Kamloops keeps calling her home. She feels honoured to be serving in the Interior and hopes to make a difference in the health and wellness of the members of her community.