1. What is Counselling or Therapy?

    Counsellors work with children, individuals, families or groups of individuals. Counselling or therapy is a joint effort between a client and a therapist working on certain problems defined by the client. A trained counsellor can help you identify your problems and define goals in the counselling process. Professional counsellors can also assist you in finding the best alternatives to cope with challenging situation and build upon your personal strengths and potentials.
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  2. How does counselling work?

    Through counselling, your therapist will help you to examine the behaviours, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life. Your therapist will help you to reflect on and explore the roots, background and other historical information related to the problem you are facing. Counselling or therapy can offer you a safe environment and relationship in which you can explore your life or particular issues with the support of the therapist. By doing so, you may have a boarder and a different perspective of the issue.

    When you develop a further understanding of the challenges, it will open up more opportunities for solutions. In the therapy process, the therapist is a facilitator in helping you to utilize your inner potentials and develop strategies to deal with any struggles you face out in the world.
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  3. Why should I go to counselling?

    There is often a stigma attached to seeking help. Sometimes life can feel challenging, stressful and difficult to cope with. Sometimes it seems that talking with friends or family isn’t getting you anywhere or is even making things worse. Or maybe there isn’t anyone you can really confide in. When this happens, Counselling or Therapy can give you the time you need to focus on your concerns. It can help you to search for direction and other alternatives. However, Individual Counselling or Therapy is not only designed for people encountering problems. Many individuals today seek professional counselling in their personal development and as part of their balanced plan of health care. Individuals can benefit from counselling to maintain balance with their emotional well being. By exploring our own selves, our families of origin, our past as well as present experiences, we can become emotionally healthier individuals and lead a more satisfying life. It is a safe and confidential process that offers you support and encouragement as well as challenges you toward growth.
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  4. Who goes to counselling?

    People come for counselling for various reasons. Some people have encountered traumatizing or stressful experiences which they would like to discuss in a safe and confidential setting, such as unemployment, marital or family conflicts, trauma or accidents, and bereavement. Other people seek professional counselling to help in dealing with transitions in life, such as separation or divorce, career change or personal development, etc. Some people may seek counselling for support to cope with other emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, life stress or addiction issues. Still others look to counselling as part of their effort to discover new areas of personal growth, create meaning in their lives or actualize their dreams and potentials.
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  5. What can I expect in a typical counselling session?

    Your therapist will help you explore in depth any challenges or problems you are confronted with. The conversation may extend to the onset, background, and historical information surrounding the issue.
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  6. How long does counselling usually last?

    It has been our experience that many people come to seek help when their problems have become too overwhelming to handle on their own. Ideally, counselling can offer simple guidance and rapid changes in one or two sessions. However, in reality, the duration of counselling varies depending on the depth of the problem or issue. The length of counselling also depends on many other factors that need to be taken into consideration including the goals of counselling, the degree of motivation of the person seeking help, the frequency of counselling sessions, the working relationships between the client & the therapist, etc. Counselling will generally conclude when the problem for which you originally sought help alleviates to a more manageable level or becomes resolved entirely.
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  7. What about Confidentiality?

    Your conversation with your therapist is confidential – which means that your therapist is obligated not to disclose any part of the conversation to anyone, except for the following situations:

    • Court Subpoena or where the law requires your therapist to disclose information about you
    • If someone’s safety is of concern
    • If there are concerns of child abuse

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  8. What about Confidentiality when working with Minors?

    Although we understand parents are concerned for their children and as guardians they have the rights to inquire about the therapy process, a trusting and safe relationship is required in order to work with children, especially with teenagers. When working with minors, we ensure that any alarming concerns will be reported to the parents. We also try to keep parents informed about the therapeutic development while balancing confidentiality with the minor to maintain a trusting relationship with our children or adolescent clients.
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  9. What qualifications and training do the therapists have?

    Our team of experienced therapists have obtained counselling training at the masters level and are Registered Clinical Counsellors of British Columbia. Some of us are also Registered Marriage & Family Therapists and Registered Play Therapists.
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  10. What if I can’t afford the fee?

    We will occasionally have associate therapists workings with us from time to time. These therapists are typically completing their masters level education and their work with us is a part of their training process. Every associate therapist receives supervision on-site from one of our registered counsellors. If finances are an issue for you, our associate therapists are an affordable option for you to receive proper care for your needs at a significantly reduced fee.
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