Professional Practitioners

Dave Owen, RSW

Paulette Dilks, MA, RCC

Hank Oke, I.C.A.D.C., R.R.P.
Addictions Counsellor

Michael Pratt, M.Sc.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (#2430)

Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888

Kids and Teen Helpline 1-800-668-6868

Wellness Center at the Comox Valley Hospital 250-331-5900 Extension 65825

24-Hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888

Campbell River Hospital Crisis Nurse 250-287-7111

Paulette Dilks

Registered Clinical Counsellor (#0808), MA

I bring to my counseling practice a lifetime of experience both professional and personal. I grew up in another country (USA) and followed my heart to Canada where I have lived since 1980 as a Canadian citizen. I have raised two children (now adults) and also fostered my son’s best friend who is of First Nations heritage. I have been married and separated, widowed while still a friend of my ex-husband, and am now remarried. I believe people are happiest together unless they are unhappy in their union and can’t find a way to make constructive changes. Then a relationship can be the most unhappy state one can be in, in which two people are truly “alone together.”

My master’s degree is in Counselling Psychology through the Adler School of Professional Psychology. I have sought post degree training through ongoing programs in the field of trauma recovery (including critical incident work) and abusive relationships. I’ve worked for 14 years in an intensive group setting with male sex offenders and their families and partners. I’ve seen men and women caught in abusive behavior patterns make changes that benefited them and everyone around them.

We are all facing changes at work and in our culture that challenge an individual’s coping strategies. I have counselled people who are on medical stress leaves and needing to reappraise their work/ personal time and health priorities.

I work with persons 12 and over (I will work with younger family members in a family group setting). I provide service to various employee assistance plans included for military personnel. I also see First Nation clients through various funding arrangements.

I believe that people can change how they think and behave and therefore change the outcomes of their lives. I believe that this requires curiosity, courage, and compassion for self and others to face the necessary changes required.