Sharon Marshall, Executive Director
Sharon has been the Executive Director of Reach Out since 1999, and her devotion for removing barriers to access counselling and support programs for young people, and families has remained consistent over the years. Sharon has a strong passion for youth mental health, and being a mother to four children in Kelowna has given her insight into the issues and challenges that youth face in our community. Since her start here at Reach Out, Sharon’s hope is that when clients enter this space, they feel a sense of welcome, safety, and support. Whatever issues that our clients present, Sharon hopes that they leave with a few more tools, and / or skills to equip them for all of life’s challenges. Sharon believes that counsellors, while needing to be educated and skilled, must have a natural gift to connect with and build trust with those that are vulnerable.
Lisa Dalliston, MSW, RSW
Lisa aims at creating a welcoming and safe space for anyone and everyone. She firmly believes in working from a strengths based and person centered approach to help people explore their emotions, increase self-esteem, develop resiliency and build skills to support their everyday life. Lisa draws from the following to guide her work: cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, mindfulness, play-based approaches and emotion focused therapy.
Lisa completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UBCO with honours and a specialization in forensic psychology. Then after a couple years of working with people who have diverse abilities she decided to further her schooling by doing her Master’s in Social Work with a clinical specialization at UBCO. Since graduating she has been working in the health care sector offering individual and group therapy, and more recently assessment of child and youth.
Her areas of focus include working with all ages who struggle with or have: anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, stress, life transitions, neuro-diversity, and/or overall mental wellness
Craig Koskimaki, M.Ed, RCC
Craig aspires to work collaboratively with individuals in addressing aspects of their life that contribute to well-being. His goal is to assist people in identifying the necessary tools, strategies and resources to overcome emotional distress, while moving toward greater self-awareness and personal growth. Craig’s theoretical approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, experiential therapies, mindfulness, narrative therapy and interpersonal therapies that focus on relationships, life transitions, and improving communication with others.
He completed an undergraduate degree in Drama/Education at the University of Lethbridge, and worked in the social services sector with individuals who had spectrum disorders. He received his Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology at UBC with an extra focus in Vocational Rehabilitation addressing the psychosocial and vocational impact of mental health, pain related disabilities and illnesses. Most recently, Craig has been working in the Lower Mainland supporting foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency by addressing their need for supported housing, job training, essential life skills, and counselling. Craig is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC, and a member of the BC Post-Secondary Counselors Association.