What are your Counselling rates?
Each Counselling session is 60 minutes.
- Individual Rate from January 2023 $140
- Couples/Marriage/Family Rate from January 2023 $155
I have health insurance, will it cover Counselling?
Many of our clients have extended health benefits with their work/employment. Most insurance policies have some cover for Counselling and in our experience the vast majority of Insurance companies provide cover for our services. It’s important to check your own specific policy to know exactly what is covered. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
How do you accept payment?
Payment for your appointment is due on the day of the appointment. You can pay by e-transfer (most popular) to [email protected], cash or cheque. A receipt will be provided by your Counsellor.
What can I expect from a Counsellor?
Your counsellor ought to:
- treat you with integrity.
- be honest and forthright with you.
- have taken their own personal healing work seriously and have addressed it in some in meaningful and significant way.
- respect your opinions and beliefs even if they differ from their own.
- be non-judgemental in every aspect.
- act ethically and morally.
- make you aware of your rights and responsibilities at the beginning of therapy.
What is Counselling?
Counseling is a skilled process which enables clients to explore problematic areas, difficulties and concerns. Counselling gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about what is troubling you with a qualified professional in a safe space. You will gain a clearer understanding of what is happening in your life, what you are feeling and be helped in finding a path forward. You will learn skills that will help you to take responsibility for your own life, choices and decisions. You will also be supported in a safe environment as you explore areas of your life or experiences you may not have looked at and healed from. This process and relationship will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. The client chooses what they want to work on, and is empowered to make their own decisions and choices. Certain conditions are necessary for this process. A ‘growth promoting climate’ requires the counselor to be congruent, have unconditional positive regard for the person as well as show empathic understanding. Congruence on the part of the counselor refers to her / his ability to be completely genuine whatever the self of the moment. Counseling is a non-judgmental environment, where clients are respected for who they are, whatever their ethnicity, beliefs, lifestyle, or sexual orientation.
Can young people contact a Counsellor?
In the province of British Columbia children and youth have the right to consent to their own Counselling. For children under the age of 18 we do ask for a parent/guardians consent and family involvement plays a big role in how much a Counsellor is able to help.
What does successful Counselling feel like?
Successful Counseling feels like something has changed – something is different. You feel more hope, self-confidence and inner peace. You are trying out new behaviours and they are working. People may react differently to you, and they may comment that something about you has changed. You will also likely notice that you are having different results in your interactions with people around you. In the end, you are the one who makes the decision about whether therapy has been successful. Our goal is to help our clients to become better agents of change in their own lives.
How can Counselling help me?
Counseling and/or therapy can help alleviate emotional pain and suffering. It can help you develop new skills to deal with problems in your life and relationships. It can help increase your self-esteem. It can give you hope that there is a better way, or a way out. The only thing that it can’t do is change you without your participation. You have to be willing and brave. Facing our own darkness can feel scary.
How many sessions are needed?
Counselling is very much centred upon the client, who decides for themselves when they are ready to stop the Counseling process. Our door is always open, and clients can choose to take a break, seek Counselling elsewhere, or return to Counselling at any time. It really is your choice – you will know when you are ready to go it alone! There really is no rule of thumb. We know many of our clients for years because they will occasionally come back for a “check-in” many years after their first ever appointment. We become a relationship you have in your world and one that is there for you when you need it.