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  • "A single step of courage today can ripple-effect unimagined potential and positive change tomorrow" — Vern Kehler

    Welcome to
    Empower Counselling Services Winnipeg

    Do you often feel like you’re not seen, heard, and understood, or like people don’t get you? Do you yearn to talk about yourself without people simply changing the focus back to themselves as though they didn’t even hear what you said? Or when you need a person to take responsibility and repair their failings, do people often deflect, dismiss, invalidate, or outright gaslight you by blaming you or someone else for their failings? When you’re struggling, rather than hearing you out they give quick advice, make you feel like it’s somehow your fault that you’re struggling, or like you’re just not trying hard enough?

    You deserve a space where what you share about yourself lands on genuinely interested, inquisitive, empathetic, and compassionate ears for a change. Our therapists understand from many years of experience that to help you achieve your therapy goals, what we do in therapy is certainly super important, but effective therapy always starts with creating a space where you feel truly seen, heard, understood, and respected. A safe and judgment-free space where you can feel empowered, energized, and motivated to do the hard work of changing, growing, and healing.

    Our Master’s-level trained, fully licensed and certified Winnipeg therapists engage in regular professional training and continued education so that you can rest assured that you will receive the best and most up-to-date, warm, professional care.

    We invite you to take some time to look around, get a feel for who we are, and then reach out to us for question.

    Our Specialties at a Glance

    Our Winnipeg therapists specialize in PTSD and trauma, complex trauma and C-PTSD, anxiety, self esteem, LGBTQ+ affirming, EMDR therapy, and more. See also areas of service here.

    “Moving forward by healing from your painful past and
    investing in your health and well-being is the best gift you can give yourself.
    Today is always the best day to get started” — Liona Kehler

    We Offer Counselling Therapy in Winnipeg for Adult Individuals

    About Us

    "We know from many years of experience that when clients feel truly seen, heard, and understood, they feel safe, empowered, energized, and motivated to do the hard work of changing, growing, and healing" — Vern Kehler

    Contact & Booking

    Taking the first step is often one of the hardest parts, but we are here to make starting as easy as possible for you. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity" — Amelia Earhart

    Areas of Service

    Our areas of service include trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, EMDR, sex positive and LGBTQ allied therapy, as well as therapy for anxiety, negative Self beliefs, Self-confidence, Self-compassion, and more.

    EMDR Therapy

    “EMDR is based on the idea that negative thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and behaviors are the result of unprocessed memories" — Laurel Parnell

    Therapy for Trauma & PTSD

    “Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods” ― Peter A. Levine

    Therapy for Adult Individuals

    "To embrace therapy is to invite change. It takes courage to change. Courageous steps often grow resilience. Embrace therapy and experience positive change" ― Vern Kehler

    Therapy for Negative Self Beliefs

    “Once we no longer feel the need to fight our negative beliefs or our past, we have more energy to put towards creating the outcome that we do want to see. We shift from survival and fear to growth and thriving" — Simona Ondrejkova


    “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are” — Mason Cooley


    “There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself” — Roy T. Bennett

    About Liona Kehler


    Hi there, I’m Liona. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

    I believe people are, at their core, incredibly resourceful and resilient. We find a way to survive really difficult experiences the best way we are able to. Sometimes, we have really great resources and supports and the challenges we face are just a blip on the life-path. At other times, the challenges are greater or we may not have the resources and support we need, making coping difficult. Warm, compassionate, and experienced therapeutic support can be so helpful in gaining clarity of what we need to find the path forward again…

    About Vern Kehler


    Hi, I’m Vern. Thanks kindly for stopping by.

    I believe it takes great courage to show up when life has not always been easy to you. In fact, it’s quite possible that you showing up here today was one of those moments of courage.

    I believe at it’s finest, both healing and growth happen in the company of another human, a safe space in the presence of a non-judgmental listening and supportive ear. I strive to create that kind of a space in therapy.

    I believe courageous steps often lead to resilience, and in turn, resilience makes it easier to take courageous personal steps in the future…

    Don't wait to get the help you've been looking for. Just like everyone else, you deserve to feel well again. Getting started is often one of the toughest steps in therapy.

    Our Philosophy of Counselling and Psychotherapy

    We believe each person deserves to live the empowered life they want and deserve. We also understand that sometimes there are obstacles that prevent people from living this empowered life. With the right help, the quality of life can almost always be significantly improved, and in many cases the problem can be entirely eliminated.

    Our philosophy of counselling therapy is informed by research based therapeutic modalities such as person centred therapy, humanistic therapies, mindfulness based therapies, EMDR therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion focused therapy etc.

    In other words, we take an eclectic approach to counselling therapy because we believe no one size fits all. This means that our work is tailored to Your unique needs and desires. It also means that we work form a non-judgmental, non-oppressive perspective, which means you are welcome to come just as you are today. It also means that we believe in non-discriminatory inclusivity.

    Examples include but are certainly not limited to:

    • We work hard to create a zero-shame environment for you, leaving you space to work on the issues that led to, and maintain, your unique struggles
    • We work hard to create a space in therapy that feels comfortable and safe. To achieve this, we like to use some humour and make our time together as enjoyable as possible, as human as possible
    • Your life, your goals: We believe adults set their own life and health goals. While we will gently challenge and encourage you towards healing and making changes to improve your well-being, we respect how far you wish to go with counselling and with making your desired life-changes. Our goal is to work towards your empowerment

    Therapy at Empower Counselling Services

    Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, even the strongest of us need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Everyone has hurdles to overcome at some point. Whether you struggle with PTSD, or complex PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem, issues around sexuality and/or gender identity, we are here to be by your side as you do this what can sometimes feel like exhausting work of growing, healing, changing.

    You might be initially hesitant to seek out help and support for personal matters, but when you do, you will feel confident that you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and becoming a healthier and more empowered You.

    Health and Empowerment

    At Empower Counselling Services our Winnipeg therapists are all about empowering people like you to make decisions about your life, health, and well-being. Through an empowerment lens, we work hard to help you heal, grow, achieve your goals, and make the changes you want to make in your life.

    Diversity at Empower Counselling Services

    Diversity is very important to us here at Empower Counselling Services. We strive to create an environment that feels safe and inclusive; an environment where you can grow in your empowerment over your needs, health, and well-being; an environment where diversity is welcomed and celebrated; an environment in which to do your work free of discrimination against gender, age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability/ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc. As humans we all have preconceived notions, prejudices, and assumptions, but at Empower Counselling Services we work hard at growing in our awareness and then challenging our assumptions about people. So, welcome, just as you are today. Welcome to our space! Now, let's get you the empowerment you've had to wait for, for too long now!

    “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult
    as spending our lives running
    from it."
    Brené Brown

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