Counselling

Who I see

All counsellors are considered generalists.  Some of us go on to specialize in other modalities after our Master’s program and round out our knowledge and resource base.  For me, I had focused most of my career in adult mental health and addictions so I decided to do my practicum with children and youth.  I trained under some of the best in BC at MCFD in Duncan.  I continue to have a number of kids on my caseload (mostly over 12 years old) and create meaningful connections with kids who are struggling.  The majority of my practice does focus on working with adults, people struggling with their relationships or work stresses, and people who have suffered trauma.

Session type

80-Minute Session

Ideal for people who are looking for more time to express their concerns. Less time pressure when you feel that there is a lot of ground to cover. This session length allows more time for goal setting and planning, or if needed, crisis intervention. This time frame is the minimum required for couples or family work.  First appointments are called ‘intake sessions’ and are also 80 minutes.

50-Minute Session

Standard session for those who want a concentrated therapy appointment and feel that their concerns can be addressed within this time frame. My most popular session length.

25-Minute Session

For established clients who have met their therapy goals and are wanting to maintain their gains long-term.

Telephone/Video Conference Counselling

While most people choose in-person counselling, telephone or video conference counselling is available to individuals, anywhere within Canada. This is often a preferred choice for those in remote locations or when anxiety or physical concerns make it difficult, or if it’s not impossible to leave the home to attend a counselling appointment. If you are interested in telephone and/or video counselling, please contact me to book a complementary 15-minute telephone consultation to determine suitability. Please note that I am not able to provide telephone/video counselling for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts.

Regular counselling rates apply for phone/video counselling and must be prepaid online prior to your appointment time. In order to guarantee privacy and confidentiality, I do not provide counselling via Skype, I use another service that is confidential.

A complete list of session fees is located on the Fees page.

Session frequency

People often ask, “How often do I need to come for therapy?” To help you determine this, it is important to keep in mind: your current situation, your goals, and the rate of change you are seeking. I offer three frequency options to help you make the choice that is right for you. I am also happy to make a specific recommendation for you or collaborate with you on other frequency options that you feel would work better.

Intensive Therapy

Ideal for people currently in crisis who require intense, immediate attention. Two sessions per week. Intensive therapy is dependent on scheduling availability.  Weekend Intensive Couple’s Therapy is Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 6 hours each day.

Making Gains

Opportunity to make solid gains and meet your therapy goals. One session a week. Choose between 50 or 80-minute session format, depending on availability.

Moderate Support

Designed for people who are seeking to maintain gains made in therapy and /or begin to explore goals more independently. One session every two weeks. Choose between 80, 50 or 25-minute sessions.

Maintaining Gains

Almost all goals have been reached but you may have a concern about maintenance over the long term. One session a month, one session every 6 weeks or one session every 3 months. Choose between 80, 50 or 25-minute sessions, depending on availability.

Prebooking and Scheduling

As my practice is busy, I recommend pre-booking a series of appointments, to avoid extended gaps between sessions. Such gaps may affect the satisfaction you receive from counselling and your progress. Pre-booking is of course, entirely optional and works best for clients who are certain that they wish to continue counselling with me.

Sessions are offered primarily Wednesday through Saturday and some Sundays.

Counselling process

Initial session

Your first session will typically include a discussion of the issues that brought you to counselling and of your related feelings and thoughts—it is a time for establishing rapport and for you to determine whether this is a comfortable therapeutic ‘fit.’ At this time, we will also set some initial goals for counselling. You are encouraged to share your feedback to ensure that the counselling is benefiting you. I may also share some initial impressions.

Second session

We begin with a brief review of last week’s session, attend to any pressing issues, and further clarify your goals for counselling. Together, we will develop a plan for achieving these goals and identify steps along the path. For best results, the action you take will be a combination of in-session discussion and practice outside of the session.

Subsequent sessions

Salient issues, as identified by you, are discussed in further detail. Progress in meeting goals is reviewed regularly and mutual feedback continues. I provide both short-term and long-term counselling depending on client prerogative and the issues at hand.

When is my counselling complete?

Sessions are complete when we are satisfied that the issues that you came to counselling for have been sufficiently addressed or resolved. Ideally this is determined collaboratively and with some discussion in advance of leaving, however I fully support any reason you may have for terminating therapy. Should you identify a problem outside of my realm of expertise, I will work to present you with the names of alternative counselling professionals.