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?
Our therapists all have master's degrees in counselling and are registered with a regulatory body like the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). We use a range of approaches based on your individual needs and preferences including: Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals (EFT, EFIT), Art Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Expressive/Experiential therapies and Group Therapy.
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 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. You’ll start to get an idea of the kind of counsellors we are and how we work. Then let’s talk. Contact us for a free phone consultation.