Alma Jean Inkster, M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor, offers a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment. With her skills acquired through extensive training, as well as experiences in various modalities, Alma Jean is able to offer her clients the opportunity to explore and discover themselves in new and creative ways. By working through what is keeping them stuck in old, unhelpful patterns, her clients are able to move forward with new tools and a fresh, healthy perspective.
Alma Jean is proud to call Vernon home. Born, raised, and educated in this beautiful valley, she left for Victoria after graduation to earn her teaching degree from the University of Victoria. She began her teaching career in Prince George BC, and after getting married and starting her family, soon returned to her home town to raise her three children and to continue teaching.
Alma Jean has been drawn to supporting others for as long as she can remember, and volunteers in several capacities. As a young university student she volunteered as a Resident Don, and also with the Victoria Crisis Line. She has since volunteered with the Vernon Crisis Line and the North Okanagan Hospice Society, and continues her support with The Sunrise Grief Retreat Society, VJH Spiritual Care, and other local organizations.
As a teacher of young children, she developed warm and supportive professional relationships with her students’ parents, working together with compassion, understanding, and openness, enhancing the educational and emotional development of the children in her charge. While her own children were in high school, she was accepted into the Graduate Studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria and completed her Master’s degree.
She continued working with students, their parents, and teachers as a school counsellor, and eventually as a district itinerant counsellor. Her private practice allows her to continue supporting children, their parents, and individual adults as they traverse life’s challenges.
Continued education and professional development is important to Alma Jean. She has participated, and continues to participate, in many retreats and workshops led by various professionals in the field. She also leads workshops where she shares her knowledge with other professionals.
Alma Jean is a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. (BCACC) #3011.
“I became more enlightened… how to uncover my authentic self.”