​Acton Bespoke ​Counselling​​

Make Time for Yourself!

In association with Attivo Health  (www.attivohealth.ca) I am excited to have moved to a bigger clinic space!

find us at:

Attivo Heath

3103 27th Street

Vernon, BC, V1T 4W4

To ensure the safety of clients and staff due to Covid -19, we are following the guidelines of the Public Health Officer. If you are sick, have any of the respiratory symptoms associated with Covid-19 (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever) have been outside of Canada in the past 14 days, have visited emergency services at a hospital please stay home. You will be required to sanitize your hands both on arrival and after your appointment. You may wear your own mask  or  we have disposable masks available. 

For those clients wishing to meet virtually, tele-therapy will continue to be made available via Zoom

Who am I - What am I?​

Hi I'm Gen Acton, thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor and Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling where I have met the standards approved by the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (License #3452) see criteria outlined below.

Based in Vernon, British Columbia, in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, my specialty is working with couples to develop healthy relationships and manage the inevitable conflict that occurs when there are two brains, often with two very different perspectives trying to work on the same goal.

Prior to opening my private practice, I worked for 7 years for Interior Health and a not- for- profit  social service provider leading the team in behaviour supports for individuals experiencing challenging behaviour as well as their their care-givers/families. I am a certified Mandt Instructor; teaching caregivers how to provide loving support through non-violent Crisis Intervention, and I use the Gottman Method of Clinical Counselling in my practice.

Let's start by acknowledging that relationships are hard work, and like any work, there are times when people struggle. What once attracted you to your partner could be the very thing that is getting in the way of the happiness you previously enjoyed. Whether you have disconnected over time, there have been hurtful words spoken or physical interactions, maybe an affair partner or other external stressors that appear insurmountable to you right now, you don't have to do this alone.


What Makes People End A Relationship?​


For many of the same reasons they leave their job

1.   Lack of Trust and Little to No Autonomy

2.   Lack of Appreciation or Respect

3.   Poor Communication

4.   Unbalanced Work Load

5.   Stress

6.   Lack of Support

7.   Unhealthy Environment

8.  Disconnection with Shared Values, Goals, Ideals

9.  Little or No Opportunity for Personal Growth

10. Changes in Personal Life 

11. Seeing Others Leave

12. Bad/poor Management Style

Why Acton Bespoke Counselling? 

I incorporate the highly acclaimed Gottman Method of Clinical Counselling into my practice, this journey of rediscovery focuses on moving away from the negative behaviour patterns that are getting in the way of your love story through rebuilding friendship, trust and commitment.

Using this scientifically proven method, developed by John and Julie Gottman in their Love Lab more than 30 years ago, I will provide you with specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage ‘resolvable problems’ and have dialogue about ’gridlocked’ issues by being able to recognize when the Four Horsemen (Criticism, Defensiveness,Contempt and Stonewalling) are high-jacking your communication.

We will work together to help you appreciate your relationship's strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.


1. Assessment

2. Treatment

3. Phasing Out of Therapy

4. Termination

ASSESSMENT: The initial session will focus on gathering background information on your areas of concern and goals for treatment

TREATMENT: The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, I will establish points in which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, I encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about therapy at any time

PHASING OUT: In the later stage of therapy we will meet less often in order for you to test out your new skills and to prepare for termination of therapy

TERMINATION: Although you may terminate therapy at any time, it is recommended you have at least one session to summarize progress, define the work that remains and say goodbye.

Check out the Gottman website at www.gottman.com

What if I'm not ready for couples therapy?

Are you at your whit's end? Are you questioning whether couples therapy is for you? Are you, as Discernment counsellor and author of Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce, Bill Dougherty describes, a 'mixed agenda' couple where one partner is looking to save the marriage while their partner has one foot out of the door? The decision to seek out therapy can be a daunting task. Another person hearing your story for what may be the first time, or the hundredth time, as you carry the burden of the stress. 

Using either discernment counselling or couples therapy, I will meet you where you are at in your journey, supporting you to establish clarity, confidence on the path to understanding what you are looking to achieve from this work.

It's Not Just For Couples....

I work with my clients to resolve:

Anger Management


Behaviour Support
Caregiver Support
Conflict Management
Family Dynamics (Teen-Parent Conflict, Blended Families)
Grief Anticipation and Recovery
Life Transitions
Mood Disorders
Workplace Conflict
Workshop Facilitation
Keynote Speaker

About The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) is a Canadian non-profit entity registered in accordance with the National Corporate Registry of Canada. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected by the members of

the Association.

Since our founding in 1990, the CPCA has been dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. The CPCA serves the public from coast to coast to coast. Our members meet rigorous standards for education and training and clinical experience before they can be granted the Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) designation.”

The Mandate of the


“To foster public protection by regulating its members’ professional practice through a comprehensive Code of Ethics, competency-based assessment, ongoing evaluation, and clear expectation of compliance with standards of practice.

The Association’s leadership has demonstrated that it will distinguish between public protection and profession's self-interest, and in administering the realities of self-regulation, will favour the former.”

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association

Mission Statement

“Working together to promote and support competency in clinical counselling and psychotherapy.”