• Our Team

    Hi, and welcome! We are Liona and Vern Kehler. We are super excited about our partnership at Empower Counselling Services Winnipeg, and we're so glad you've stopped by today to learn about us.

    Please feel free to look around to see if our philosophy, approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and who we are connects with you. See Home Page to learn more.

    We would also be more than happy to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

    Our Vision

    As co-owners of Empower Counselling Services Winnipeg, our vision is to offer a space where people like you feel valued, respected, and honored. We strive to create a space where you can feel safe to embark on an empowering journey of healing and growth.

    Meet Liona Kehler

    Hi there, I'm Liona (she/her/hers). Thanks so much for stopping by today.

    I believe that 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 for healing.

    It is my goal to create a space that is safe and non-judgmental for you so you can get curious about your needs, desires, hopes, and challenges.


    I have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary.

    In recent years I have attended additional training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Trauma Treatment.

    Work Experience

    I have had the privilege of working with people in the role as therapist for the last 7 years. During this time I have met with adolescents and adults, individuals, couples, and families as they worked towards growth and healing in their lives...

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    Meet Vern Kehler

    Hi there, I'm Vern (he/him/his). Thanks kindly for stopping by.

    I believe to heal, we need to be vulnerable—let ourselves be seen. To grow, we need to look inside. At its 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.

    “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive" ― Brené Brown

    "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending" ― C. S. Lewis


    I have a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary.

    In recent years I have also pursued various professional development opportunities, including training for EMDR therapy.

    Work Experience

    I've been working in counselling and related fields for nearly 10 years. During this time I’ve had the privilege of walking with many individuals and couples through some of their most difficult seasons of life. I take a special interest in walking with folks who feel their life-story has collided with their optimal health, well-being, and happiness, regardless of what led to this experience in the first place...

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    Contact and Booking

    Contact us today for a FREE video, phone, or in-person consultation to see whether our therapists might be right for what you are looking for in your Winnipeg counsellor.

    We would love to hear from you even if you’re not ready to make a commitment to an appointment.

    141 Sherbrook Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B5

    (431) 688-8103