People seek counselling for a variety of reasons; often in times of life transition, when struggling with difficult emotions or behaviours, when relationships are not working well, and when dealing with overwhelming experiences.Counselling may address current challenges as well as long-standing issues.Because early life experiences are influential in the way we understand and relate to the world, counselling may involve exploring unresolved issues from the past if they have lead to difficulties in your present life.Most of the emphasis in counselling is on the here and now.
You choose what you want to work on. The majority of our work together will consist of talking about the issues you have presented.Counselling provides you the opportunity to talk openly and confidentially about your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental environment.Sessions are typically 60 minutes in duration ranging in frequency depending on your needs and situation.Assessments, interventions, and homework are employed as needed and agreed on.
I believe you are the expert on your life.Therefore I will not tell you what to do.At times I will teach you skills and give you information and resources to help you in your decision making.I will support you and compassionately help you throughout the process of counselling.My goal is to help you to face the challenges of life in the future without my intervention.
What happens in the first session?
In the first session I will gather some basic information about you and answer any questions or concerns you have about counselling. We will go over the issues that you bring in to counselling and will begin to set goals for how you would like to see your life as a result of our work together. I may also suggest other resources for you in addition to counselling.
Is counselling confidential?
I keep what you share with me confidential. However, by law there are a few exceptions to confidentiality. I must disclose information to the appropriate authorities in case of
- abuse or neglect of a child or dependent adult - you or someone else being in danger of immediate physical harm - being ordered by a court of law
If you have any concerns about confidentiality, please feel free to discuss this further.
What can I expect from my counsellor?
Within the context of the therapeutic relationship, you can expect your counsellor to
accept you the way you are
share your pain
help you explore and understand the nature of your concerns
assist you in setting goals that you desire for yourself
help you recognize and mobilize resources and strengths that reside within you, your family and the larger social context
provide insight into underlying reasons or root causes of your issues
teach you new ways of coping and new skills that not only reduce tension, but help you solve problems
help you to make choices, consider consequences and accept responsibility for the results
facilitate lasting change in the way you think, feel, and act
How long will counselling take?
The number of counselling sessions required will depend on an assessment of the issues you bring to counselling, the type of work you wish to do, such as coping strategies or in-depth exploration, and the effort applied in between sessions. Some issues may require 2 – 8 sessions while others can take much longer.We will assess your progress towards your goals on a regular basis.It is your right to end our counselling relationship any time.
How can I get the most out of my counselling?
You determine the amount of time and energy you put into counselling.Counselling takes effort, determination and dedication.Counselling works best if you attend all your scheduled appointments. Although you choose what you reveal in counselling, to get the most out of counselling, it is important for you to be open and honest. Much of the work of counselling is done in between sessions. Homework between sessions facilitates progress. It is important to tell your counsellor what you find helpful or unhelpful.
How much does counselling cost? A sliding fee scale for therapy is based on gross household income.Fees are discussed prior to booking your first appointment.Fees are payable each session by cash, cheque or e-transfer.You will be provided a receipt that you may be able to use for partial or complete reimbursement through your insurance provider. My services may also be a tax-deductible medical expense.
How do I set up an appointment?
You may simply call or e-mail to set up an appointment. No referral is needed. If you would like me to work together with you and another healthcare professional or a member of the clergy, I am open to this.
Where are you located? Counselling sessions are offered in a private and comfortable office in the NE Calgary community of Monterey Park. It is easily accessible from downtown Calgary, highway 1 (15 minutes from Chestermere), Deerfoot Trail, Mcknight Boulevard and Stoney trail.