What types of changes and problems do you work with?
- Abuse Recovery
- Addictions (support and education for families with loved ones who are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs)
- Anger Management
- Anxiety & Depression
- Career and Personal Development
- Chronic Pain
- Grief & Loss (resulting from death, health changes, job loss, financial difficulties, and other losses)
- Pet Loss Grief Support
- Other Personal/Life Changes (End of Life, Medical Diagnosis, Mid-life)
- Overweight, Obesity, and Other Body Image Problems
- Physical Injury Recovery/Adjustment
- Quality Improvement Interventions for Organizations
- Relationship Problems/Changes
- Stress (Workplace, Home)
Do you provide personal and professional coaching?
Yes, I do. I work with individuals to help them clarify their values, interests, and goals and bring those to life.
Do I need a referral from my doctor or other health professional?
A referral is not necessary. You may call me or e-mail me directly to book an appointment. If you are planning to have fees paid by a 3rd party (WCB, ICBC, CVAP, company EAP), please call your plan provider or other contact (e.g., case manager) to inquire about your coverage and eligibility.
A referral from your EAP company is necessary if you want sessions paid by them. EAP companies will call me once you contact them and request me. I will then call you to book an appointment within 24 hours.
Will my health benefits or Employee Family Assistance Program (EAP) pay for counselling/therapy?
My services are covered by many extended health plans. Please call your plan contact person to find out.
What can I expect the counselling/therapy process to be like?
Most people feel nervous when they start counselling, or think about starting counselling. Human nature is to be cautious when approaching new situations and people, particularly if the new relationship involves sharing of personal information.
The exact unfolding of your counselling process will be in some ways unique as I work from humanistic/client-focused approach. For example, when we meet I will invite you to engage in conversation at a pace that feels right for you as we discuss your circumstances, needs and goals.
Because the process involves sharing thoughts of personal difficulties, challenges and successes it is typical to experience a range of uncomfortable feelings and distress as well as feelings of joy and accomplishment.
Counselling has been shown to be beneficial for many people. It can lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved work and academic performance, resolution of specific problems, and reductions in feelings of distress. Many people report feeling some relief from their distress or other positive outcomes by the end of the first or first few sessions.
How will I know you are the right counsellor/therapist for me?
This may be one of the most important questions you ask. In my experience, within the first 15 minutes of a session or first full session most people gain a sense of whether they want to continue with me as their counsellor. This is one reason why I offer a free, no obligation, 15-minute consultation.
Research and my experience shows that when the therapeutic relationship is “right” most people have more success in meeting their counselling goals.
If I am the right therapist for you, my overall approach will feel right for you. You will feel comfortable talking and meeting with me. You will feel that I understand you. You will be able to imagine working on your concerns and goals with me. You will feel okay sharing about yourself—your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences.
You will find me knowledgeable about your problems. You will not feel judged. You will feel welcomed and accepted for who you are. There may be other important aspects that you add to this list.
How many sessions should I/we expect to need?
The number of sessions depends on the problems that brought you to counselling and your counselling goals. Many people attend 3 to 12 sessions, while others require more due to the complexity of their needs. We will discuss your needs at your first full session, and re-assess as counselling progresses.