My name is Ken Jones, I offer addiction & mental health counselling.
I grew up in a two-parent home in a good neighbourhood. I played sports and graduated from high school in 1991. I didn’t have to study or work hard at school and was often distracted with the social parts of life. I was encouraged to honours yet was a chronic underachiever. I struggled with substance abuse, dropping out of college in the first semester. This completely changed the direction of my life.
Family & Tragedy
I spent the following 12 years in the logging and construction industry, while struggling with addiction. I met my wife in the turn of the millennium and together we started a family and a business, and were married in 2005. We had three children and built a happy life together. 2007/ 2008 was a time of major personal and family crisis, creating stress and mental health related struggles for us all. My wife passed away from mental health and addiction issues.
Rebuilding & Dedication
Following my wife’s passing, I closed my business, resulting in financial and emotional crisis. I ultimately was able to access various resources in Kelowna to help me rebuild a foundation of support and stability for my family and future. I went back to school and began working in homeless shelters and addiction-related facilities in the Okanagan Valley. After my schooling was complete, I started sub-contracting and teaching in several addiction and recovery centres. It was during these years that I became inspired and motivated to help others through professional counselling and to work alongside individuals and families struggling with this particular illness.
Addiction & Mental Health Counselling
My 8+ years of professional counselling experience, in hostels, treatment centres, homeless shelters, non-profit & private sector, has given me a broad perspective. I have seen clients cycle through community resources without finding solutions. Today, I have the empathy and experience with addiction & mental health counselling to help.
I am passionate about what I do and about being a part of what’s happening in our community. In addition to my private counselling practice, I continue to hold volunteer positions and casual positions in other community organizations and am continually seeking opportunities to further my education and training.
Please contact me for more information or to book an appointment.