How long does counselling take?
Clients often say they start feeling better after just a couple of sessions. This doesn't mean the issue is completely resolved but just talking about your concerns in supportive, non-judgemental environment can be a releif.
Depending on your reason for seeking counselling, creating therapeutic change often takes between 6-20 sessions. That said, some people come with complex or longstanding concerns or more than one goal they are working towards.
Together, we can determine what works best to meet your goals.
What kind of training do you have?
I have a master's degree in counselling and am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I use a range of approaches based on your individual needs and preferences including: Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
There is strong evidence supporting the use of CBT, IPT and couples therapy for postpartum distress.
What can I expect in a counselling session?
A conversation about whatever's on your mind. If you're not sure exactly what's bothering you or where to start, it's ok, it's our job to ask the right questions.
A first session starts with reviewing confidentiality and informed consent (what counselling is, what you can expect). Then we'll gather some more information about the concern you're bringing to counselling. This conversation is meant to be collaborative, so we can understand what you'd like to change and how we might get there.
How do I know if you're the right counsellor for me?
Only you will be able to answer this - and it’s an important question. The relationship between the therapist and client is a powerful predictor of success in counselling. So it’s important you feel comfortable with, and confident in, the therapist you work with.
See how you feel as you browse the website. Then let’s talk. Contact me for a free phone consultation to ask any questions you have and get a feel for who I am and whether you think you'll feel comfortable working with me.