What is counselling?
Counselling is a process. It’s a conversation we have about your life, what’s working, what’s not working, how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking about and how you want things to be different. It’s about exploring, creating awareness and learning new ways to deal with challenges that arise in your life.
In the process of providing counselling I ask questions, make observations, reflect back what you’ve told me and provide information and skill development.
My goal as your counsellor is to promote self-understanding as well as encourage and empower you to find your strengths in order to reach your goals and make the changes that you’d like to make.
What kinds of things can counselling help you with?
• Stress, anxiety and depression
• Strong feelings of sadness, loneliness, emptiness
• Grief and loss
• Communication skills
• Difficult life transitions
• Low self-worth or self-esteem
• Relationship issues with partners, friends, family or co-workers
• Separation and divorce
• Dissatisfaction with current coping strategies
• Eating and/or weight concerns
• Chronic pain and/or illness
• Personal illness or illness of a loved one
What are the benefits of counselling?
• Discovering new ways of thinking
• Identifying choices where it seems none exist
• Becoming the person you want to be
• Spending less time worrying and more time being an active participant in your life
• Developing effective coping strategies
• Increased understanding of yourself and others
• Communicating better with loved ones and connecting in a meaningful way
• Enjoying better relationships with friends and family
• Regaining hope and moving forward
Is it confidential?
Everything you tell me is strictly confidential. No information is disclosed to anyone else without your permission, unless, and in the exceptional circumstances that it is required by a court of law.
How long does counselling take?
The length of time and frequency of counselling depends on each individual. Sessions take place weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending in your needs. Often times many people can benefit from as few as three to six sessions. Others may wish to work with a counsellor on an ongoing basis for longer periods of time. In any case, you are the one who gets to determine how much or little you want or need.
Who goes for counselling?
Many people struggle with the decision to come to counselling. The cultural stigma, that only weak or sick people go to therapy, is a hurdle which many people struggle to clear. It takes courage to ask for help and seek out a counsellor. Once you do, however, you are a step ahead in that you have recognized that you are struggling and are willing to seek some help in order for your life and circumstances to improve. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, especially about an area of your life or something about yourself that you are not feeling good about.
We ask for help and seek professional expertise in other areas such as our physical health, fitness, finances, and our career choices, so why not our mental and emotional health? Rather than a sign of weakness, seeing a counsellor is a sign of strength and an indication that you are motivated to make changes and to find ways to function better in your life.
Fees are payable, by cash, cheque, credit card, or Interac direct deposit at the time of each session:
$110 per hour for individual sessions
Some extended health plans cover counselling provided by a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) or Registered Psychotherapist (CCPCPR). Check with your health plan provider or administrator to find out if you are eligible for coverage.
Rescheduling and Appointment Changes
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for appointment changes. You will be charged for any missed appointments or sessions cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.
Please call 604-761-6701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.