Do you find that things are not going as you would like, or that doing things the same way is not working for you anymore?
Are you feeling stuck, frustrated, upset or worried? Or having any other emotion that is difficult to manage?
Perhaps there are some life changes that are difficult to cope with. You may be having difficulty with your partner, friendships, family or at work.
A counsellor’s role is to help you work through your goals, and facilitate your journey to meeting those goals.
Some people come to counselling because of:
- Feeling sad, negative or depressed
- Needing to boost one’s self esteem
- Wanting to change patterns of anxiety, fears
- Patterns or behaviours that have become destructive, obsessive or compulsive
- Having trouble with relationships
Talking is one approach in counselling, however sometimes I may use other tools such as art, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and/or meditation to help you to get in touch other parts of yourself.
Taking the step to meet with a counsellor can be frightening and also empowering. You have been courageous enough to want to address a problem, and are now trusting that a professional will support you. As the client, you will set the pace initially. We will work together to determine goals and how to meet them.
Counselling can be short term, brief, solution focused
This can be over approximately six to eight sessions,. Our work together can focus on discussing a problem or issue, understanding the nature of it, how to handle it, and set some goals to resolve it.
Counselling can look at deeper issues as well
We can work on deeper issues that have been troubling you for a long time. Perhaps you are not coping as well as you used to and know it is connected to something from your past…or there are some patterns and behaviours that are not changing. Meeting weekly or every two weeks is ideal as continuous support will help you to meet your goals.
Individuals, but also couples and families
Counselling take place one on one, but also with a couple or family members. Sessions can last 60-90 minutes depending on what you prefer. At the end of each session we will review what we have done, decide on some areas of work to be done at home, and then discuss what we will do in the next session. You will always be invited to provide feedback of what is working and what may not be working.
Registered Social Work (RSW)
Counselors have different designations, including Registered Social Work, Certified Clinical Counselor, or Registered Clinical Counselors. There are also psychologists and psychiatrists. We all work within different scopes of practice, and designations to assess and diagnose.
RSWs are registered with the provincial college of social work, in BC the regulatory body is the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW). The college’s mandate is to protect public interest by establishing and supporting high standards for RSWs; it also upholds the code of ethics for its members.
Social work education and training focuses on systems and structures that can lead to challenges in life that are difficult to resolve; as well as therapeutic counselling skills and relationship building.
As an RSW I have significant front line experience, working side by side with people, in the community or their homes, to support them to work through issues. This informs my understanding of the nature of problems many people experience and how they resolve their challenges. For the last several years I have worked in the health care and hospital system which has provided me with significant clinical skills and experience in chronic disease management, health care / treatment decisions, and end of life care. I work extensively with patients, their partners, caregivers and families.
Our counsellors are experienced in a wide range of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioural therapy.
Treatment areas include:
- Grief and Loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Life transitions
- Chronic pain and illness management
- Work burn-out
- Family and relationship difficulties
- Brain injury recovery
- Anger management
In our treatment, we are also experienced in working with a wide range of allied health and community providers, which include family physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, teachers, and occupational therapists, just to name a few.
We also welcome referrals related to emotional difficulties resulting from motor vehicle accidents (i.e. ICBC claims).