Stephanie Chibuzo Okigbo

Adult Individual and Teen Counselling
Therapy Modalities

Narrative Therapy, Expressional Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology.


Stephanie earned an honors bachelor's degree in English from the esteemed University of Nigeria. She further pursued her education at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), achieving a dual major bachelor's degree in Women and First Nations Studies, followed by a master's degree in social work (MSW). Presently, Stephanie is immersed in her doctoral studies in Health Sciences at UNBC.

Stephanie's professional background encompasses a variety of roles. She served as a child protection social worker within the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In this capacity, she collaborated respectfully with families and communities to establish both short- and long-term objectives and resources geared towards aiding children and families. Stephanie's involvement extended to victim services with the Elizabeth Fry Society, where she provided support to individuals navigating through experiences of trauma, abuse, and gender-based violence. Through positions at AIMHI, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, and Eagle Nest Community and Aboriginal Services (ENCAAS), Stephanie worked with diverse age groups, including youth, adults, and seniors, in group home settings and client care. These roles demanded her to be an advocate, mentor, coach, and source of support for individuals from various walks of life.

Area of Counselling Expertise

Stephanie advocates for an approach that centers on individual strengths and encompasses a comprehensive, diverse, and personalized methodology tailored to each client's requirements. Her therapeutic technique is marked by cooperation, personalization, and a focus on solutions. She integrates a range of therapeutic modalities, including Narrative Therapy, Expressional Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology.

Stephanie's primary areas of focus encompass both young individuals and adults grappling with issues such as depression, anxiety, historical and intergenerational trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, shame, self-esteem, stress management, conflict resolution, body image, and physical challenges or illnesses.

In her practice, Stephanie cultivates a secure, serene, and impartial environment that encourages clients to become more attuned to their body, mind, and spirit. She firmly believes in the inherent capacities and resources within individuals, which can be acknowledged and activated throughout the therapeutic journey.

Personal Qualities / Strengths

Stephanie states that “my life has had so many turns and twists, but despite the challenges and detours
of life’s journey, I envision a future of endless possibilities”. Stephanie believes that all her experiences
whether good or bad all work together for good ultimately. Through her own adversities and
experiences that she engages with herself and others from a place of vulnerability and compassion. The
one common aspect of all Stephanie’s work is her natural interest and enjoyment working with people
and the desire to make their lives better. Empowering and walking alongside people in their journey is
not just a job for her; it is her passion and commitment. Stephanie’s greatest desire is to support her
clients in finding their voice by creating a safe, calm and authentic space to build a therapeutic
relationship. Stephanie’s intellectual-ethical culture is complemented by her pleasant personality and
penchant for dialectical dialogue.
In her free time Stephanie enjoys exploring the world through travel – She has been to 20 countries and
over 40 cities and plans to go to many more. Stephanie learns new things on each trip and has found
friendships and home in unexpected places . Stephanie finds traveling very relaxing and therapeutic. She
returns, rejuvenated, renewed and refreshed ready to continue with the challenges of life.

Education and Professional Development

PhD (Student)- Health Sciences
Master’s degree- Social Work
Bachelor’s degree- First Nation and Women Studies
Bachelor’s degree- English
Trauma Informed practice training

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Program
Non-violent Crisis Intervention
Domestic Violence Safety Planning Training
Problematic Substance Use Training
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: Indigenous Child Safety
Diversity and Inclusion Essentials Training
Federal Act: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.

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