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Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I fix my problems myself?
You can! Yet sometimes we get stuck and need someone who is impartial and who can offer alternative solutions.
Why would I want to see a counsellor?
People see counsellors for a variety of reasons:
  • When they have to make difficult decisions and need objective feedback
  • When they are dealing with anxiety, depression or stress
  • When they are going through life life transitions such as loss, illness, marriage breakdown or geographical moves.
What can a counsellor do for me?
A counsellor can do the following:
  • Help you develop appropriate coping strategies for the problem(s) you may be experiencing
  • Encourage you to seek medical assessment if necessary
  • Refer you to other social agencies or support services if needed
How long will I have to see the counsellor?
Most current counselling modalities follow a brief solution focused process.  However, the actual number of sessions will be based on a decision made by you and your counsellor and consideration of the issues involved.
Who will know that I am receiving counselling?
Unless you choose to tell people, no one else will know. It is important to note that there are exceptions to confidentiality in the case of abuse to a child or dependent adult, danger to self or others, or if the records are subpoenaed by the courts.
How long is each session?
The first session is 1.5 hours. to help me learn about your loss or transition experience and for me to develop a tentative care plan with you. Subsequent sessions are scheduled for 1.25 hour.  The first 10 minutes are spent reviewing homework practices and exploring insights. the middle portion is spent building on previous session and identifying progress, new concerns, psycho-education, intervention strategies gain further progress.  The last 15 minutes are used for assigning homework, processing payment, and scheduling the next session.
What kind of problems can counselling help me with?
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Illness, grieving, and loss
  • Care giver responsibilities
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Health Issues
  • Major life changes
  • Unemployment/work issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Worry
  • Extra-marital affairs
  • Sexual worries
  • Loss of intimacy
  • New parents
  • Adjustment to step-family arrangements
  • Retirement
What is CBT
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy) is invaluable for learning skills to overcome negative reactions, habits, and behaviors. CBT can be used for stress reduction, low self-esteem, limiting beliefs, panic attacks, and coping with grief related issues.
How often do I need to come to counselling?
The amount of time you stay in counselling is  a personal decision and will be addressed with your counselor.
Is there childcare available?
There are no childcare facilities on site.
How could meditation be helpful for my grief?
Meditation has evidence-based research that suggests that when practiced daily it can improve autonomic nervous system responses to stress, improve the immune system, and improve quality of sleep.
What is Reiki and does it help with grief/stress?
What is Reiki? Reiki is an energy healing system that originated in Japan in the early 20th century.   It utlizes “life force energy” to augment and support the body’s own intrinsic energy which can become drained or blocked as a result of physical, mental and emotional stress.  Reiki is a simple technique that is used by a trained practitioner and has been demonstrated to promote emotional well-being, reduce stress and anxiety and to relax and calm the nervous system in many people. Why is Reiki useful in grief?  Using Reiki on yourself or receiving a treatment with a practitioner can help guide you through the uncomfortable feelings and even physical suffering that grief can bring about.  Because Reiki is known to alleviate anxiety and sleep concerns for many who have tried it, it can be particularly helpful for people who are grieving.  

About Me

Vision:  to see people live well in all areas of their lives no matter what kind of challenges they experience.

Mission:  to assist individuals, couples, and families, in identifying problem areas after a death, loss, or life change, and to provide a variety of strategies to help them achieve their preferred outcome.