Who We Are
Oak Counselling Services Society is a non-profit organization established in 1973. Our goal is to provide affordable, secular and quality counselling to residents of Greater Vancouver.
How We Operate
The affairs of Oak Counselling Society are managed by a part-time Executive Director who sits on the Board as a non-voting member. He or she recruits counsellors and supervisors, advises the Board and manages other administrative duties, along with managing intake and client placement.
Our counsellors volunteer their services and come from a wide range of cultures and experiences. They have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Counselling Psychology, Social work or related disciplines and subscribe to a recognized Code of Ethics.
All of our counsellors commit to and have an opportunity to meet in supervision groups. Funding comes from client fees, donations, and a government grant. The Unitarian Church of Vancouver provides office and counselling space to Oak Counselling for a nominal fee.
Fees are based on a sliding scale related to household income and the number of individuals supported on it. In rare cases of financial hardship, a fee may be waived, this decision at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Oak Counselling Services Society is a not for profit society and has a governing Board of four. The society can have up to nine board members.