Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise


Some of our more engaged long-term readers may remember a time when Pod Creative took over the management of Tidechange.ca from World Community. Since that day in June 2017, the Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we’re grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas.

Add to this the current class action legal proceedings from a group of military veterans poisoned by the use of mefloquine (better known as Larium) when it was forced on them by the government representing the people they served, and the ongoing focus on PTSD and the debiltating effects it can have on those who suffer from it and those they hold dear; and the dots start to form a pattern, a picture. Our community, our country, continues to show a growing need for space(s) to heal, to feel safe, to reconnect with nature, and with each other.

While I generally reserve my commentary these days, it is our personal pleasure here at Tidechange.ca to introduce you to Nōmina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.

Pieter Vorster

Owner and Publisher, Tidechange.ca

Nōmina Wellness @ Forbidden Plateau is located on Vancouver Island, BC at 8100 Forbidden Plateau Road. It is 20 minutes from the City of Courtenay in the Comox Valley. The lodge itself is located on Forbidden Plateau, a former ski area, which boasts some of the most picturesque views of the Georgia Straight and has some of the incredible nature trails. Being situated amongst the old-growth trees creates a truly healing experience. The calming and tranquil environment has been carried into many aspects of the facility itself, creating an inspiring place to get away and transform. You can read more about the facility here.

All of the counsellors are master’s level practitioners, highly skilled in working with more treatment-resistant and complex disorders. Leading the team are Daniel and Lisa Klco, life partners, parents, and professional therapists with a lot of relevant experience behind them. The location allows the team to maximize the healing landscape to offer world-class programs such as the exclusive development of adventure therapy. Nomina also has clinical expertise in various therapeutic trauma approaches such as ISTDP, EMDR and cognitive modalities such as CBT, DBT, and ACT. With these, Nōmina is able to deliver a comprehensive approach to healing not found elsewhere in other treatment programs. You can read more about their program(s) and approach here.

One of the core elements that sets Nōmina apart from so many other service facilities here in the Comox Valley is their for-profit approach. While the team works hard at remaining integrated in the community and providing opportunity for those often unable to afford such services to gain access, this is a business focused on providing world-class mental health solutions. As such they offer additional programs, that are scheduled to intersperse with their regular programming, including intensive sex therapy for individuals or couples and a weekly free walk-in mental health clinic at their Finding North offices located at 949 Fitzgerald Ave. in Courtenay. Owner/ Director/ Therapist Lisa Klco had the following to say when asked about how they intend to make things more accessible…

Along with therapy, and immersion into nature and adventure, the team at Nōmina believes that a healthy mind requires a healthy diet, and they have engaged the services of chef Mark to provide those who stay with them with healthy, locally and ethically sourced gourmet cuisine throughout the programs they offer. While visiting the spectacular facility on Forbidden Plateau today members of the media were treated to such delicacies as mulled grapes, beef sliders, chicken wings, and risotto-covered crackerbread (image attached).

It’s a good thing too, since the programs offered up on Forbidden Plateau include spa treatments following challenging activities, including mountain biking, hiking, and other such exercise. As Daniel explains, it has been proven that being immersed in challenging outdoor activities helps stimulate faster healing. In fact, there is little about this project that is not focused on facilitating the efficient recovery and re-integration of their clients expediantly.

Under more direct inquiry Daniel points out that both him and Lisa are trained and experienced in “cyber therapy”, which is defined as:

“Providing therapeutic counseling for emotional issues via the Web. Also called “Internet therapy,” “e-therapy,” “online counseling” and “telepsychiatry,” true cybertherapy is provided by credentialed mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and social workers.”

So they are even able to provide remote service to those unable to physically attend sessions, and remain enthusiastically willing to bridge other such gaps in order to bring their services to those who need it most.

Along with the Forbidden plateau lodge, and the Finding North offices in Courtenay, the mental health solutions on offer are rounded out by the Manor at Sandwick. At Nōmina they recognize that some clients need support beyond their core 6-week program. The second stage program at Sandwick Manor allows clients to live in a supportive environment while continuing to access integrated programming and resources. Clients at Sandwick Manor will continue to work with their counsellors from their time at Nōmina @ Forbidden Plateau through the community offices at Finding North. The programming at Sandwick Manor further emphasizes the importance of community engagement as a part of the healing process. This private location is hidden in an easily accessible part of town, where clients will work towards becoming further integrated into the community of Courtenay. You can read more about Sandwick Manor here.

If the work at Nōmina Wellness sounds like the kind of thing you could benefit from personally, or would like to support, we encourage you to reach out to them via the contact page of their website at – https://nominawellness.ca/contact-us

When you do speak to them, make sure to ask about their initiative to have local business and individuals sponsor beds so as to help subsidize those who may not be able to afford this life-saving service.


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  1. Tanja

    Hi there I’m seeking treatment could you please contact be if you have any beds available n how to get the funding for your facility please and thank you

  2. Sharon mccann, Rpc

    That Nomina Wellness offers so much expertise for its clients is wonderful. It is important that therapists are trained; at the same time, masters degrees do not of themselves guarantee competency. In BC and other provinces, the Federations of Associations of Counselling Therapists advocate for provincial colleges to regulate the practice of counselling therapy. The hoped for college in BC acknowledges competency as the safety guarantee as more significant than credentials. Competency to practice is multi-tiered and becoming a requirement of member associations of FACTBC. See factbc.org for more info.

  3. Helen Highwater

    At $29,000 for 40 days of treatment, this doesn’t seem designed to help those who most need it. How many homeless people could come up with that?

    • Pieter Vorster

      Hi Helen, thanks for your comments. We asked Lisa and her team that same question. Their response was to remind us of their free Walk-In Clinic at Finding North in Courtenay – https://findingnorth.ca


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