Covid - 19 Updates

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

Who am I - What am I?​

Positive Practices in Behavioral SupportHi I'm Gen Acton, thank you for taking the time to visit my website. 

Let's start by acknowledging that one size does not fit all when it comes to providing therapy. There are as many different methods as there are presenting problems.

When deciding upon a method to incorporate into my practice, it was important for me to reflect the individuality you can expect to receive when you receive services.

 Bespoke "made for a particular person, organization or purpose" as defined in the Cambridge English Dictionary.

There is no doubt 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. 

My specialty is walking with you on your journey to recovery. I will help you discover  the options you have when faced with (what can often appear to be) over-whelming dilemmas. 

Qualified Support:

  • Registered Professional Counsellor #3452
  • Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling
  • Gottman Method Clinical Counselling; Levels 1 & 2
  • Gottman Institute; Treating Affairs & Trauma
  • Positive Behaviour Support Counsellor
  • MANDT; Non crisis Intervention Instructor
  • IABA; Positive Practices in Behavioral Support

Why Acton Bespoke Counselling? 

Incorporating 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.

We will work together to help you appreciate your relationship's strengths and use them to 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.

Note: Couples therapy is not suitable for couples engaged in an ongoing affair.

Check out the Gottman website at

What if I'm not ready for couples therapy?

Are you questioning whether couples therapy is for you? Are you a 'mixed agenda' couple where one partner is looking to save the relationship while their partner has one foot out of the door?  

Once lawyers are involved the path to divorce can seem inevitable; 30% of couples heading for divorce wish there had been another option. That option is Discernment Counselling.

What's the difference between couples therapy and discernment counselling?

Couples Therapy is the motivation to get the relationship back on track, learning new skills to add to your toolbox to work on communication, shared goals, re-building friendship and ultimately re-igniting the love you once had.

Discernment Counselling is finding the clarity, confidence and understanding to decide which path you choose to take moving forward:

Path 1: The status quo; remaining on course

Path 2: The decision to separate or divorce

Path 3: Acknowledging your role in the break-down of the relationship with the goal of heading towards couples                      therapy

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

Note: Couples therapy is not suitable for couples engaged in an ongoing affair.

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

Located At:

3103 27th Street

Vernon, BC

V0E 2G0

(next to the courthouse)


Mon/Tues/Thurs        10:00am  - 8:00pm

Wed/Fri.                       10:00am  - 4:00pm

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.”