Clinical counselling can help improve mental, emotional, and physical health while encouraging positive relationships with self, others, and the larger community. The building of trust and comfort between client and counsellor is key to creating and maintaining an effective therapeutic relationship.
Counselling can help a person to gain a new understanding about his or her concerns and to acquire new ways of coping with and resolving them. Counselling can help you develop new skills and to change behaviour patterns. Counselling can contribute to an increased understanding of yourself and others.
While there are potential benefits to counselling, success is not guaranteed and there are potential risks. Counselling may stimulate memories, evoke strong feelings, and changes in awareness may alter one’s self-perceptions and ways of relating to others. Sometimes clients will feel worse before they feel better. This is especially a concern if someone has experienced traumatic events or significant loss. Clients need to understand that counselling is a process, and you can continually discuss any concerns you are having with me.
Generally, as many as you find useful. The number of counselling sessions varies from client to client and concern to concern. Sessions may be more frequent at first during focused work, and then be spaced out for maintenance. This can be discussed with me throughout our work together.
Counselling fees are $125 for individuals and $150 for couples/families for each 60-minute session (includes time to complete session notes – 10 minutes for initial session and 5 minutes for subsequent sessions). These fees include HST. Payment is required by cash, e-transfer, or major credit cards at the beginning of each appointment. There is a small processing fee for credit card payment. At this time, I do not offer reduced or sliding scale rates. Consulting rates are determined depending on the number of participants and the length of sessions. Please contact me at 604-616-3388 for a quote.
Consultation is strictly educational in nature, while counselling is both educational and therapeutic.
From the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors web site ... In B.C., the profession of counselling is not government regulated. Counsellors do not need a license to practice. Counsellors are not accountable under a code of ethics unless they voluntarily belong to a professional association like the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Our counsellors are recognized by the designation Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) When you see the RCC designation, you will know that the counsellor: 1. is accountable for ethical practices under our standards of practice and code of ethics. 2. holds a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent education. 3. has satisfied the clinical experience and supervision requirements that are part of our criteria for membership. 4. has submitted a clear criminal record check.
"The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication." Psychotherapy Act, 2007, c. 10, Sched. R, s. 3. "Virtually all applicants seeking registration via the regular route will spend some period of time as Qualifying members, in order to be deemed eligible to write the Registration Exam and have successfully completed it. To be eligible to write the Exam, a Qualifying member must have completed all education and training requirements for RP registration, but not necessarily all required direct client contact hours and clinical supervision hours. Once the Registration Exam is successfully completed (and all other registration requirements met), Qualifying members are eligible become Registered Psychotherapists (RPs)." https://www.crpo.ca/registration-categories/