We offer counselling to individuals and couples who are striving to resolve emotional or interpersonal problems, facing difficult decisions, looking to make a change, or who are simply seeking support or guidance at a stressful time in their lives.
Clients who seek our help are generally struggling with one or more of the following concerns:
Our belief is that over time we all develop effective methods for coping with the strains and challenges of daily life. For most of us, however, there comes a point when these tried-and-true strategies are not enough to manage or overcome a particular situation and we need help in identifying new ways of being in the world. Some people use the word “stuck” to describe how they feel at such times. When this happens, counselling can offer support and comfort, as well as help you access personal strengths and resources that you were previously unaware of so that you are able to ultimately move beyond that stuck place.
Our approach to therapy is collaborative and we invite our clients to take an active role in the growth and healing process. We view a strong, positive therapeutic relationship as key to success in counselling and in our experience change is most possible when the therapist and client work together to agree on the goals for and course of therapy.
As for the specific techniques we use in session, these are varied and tailored to fit your particular issue as well as your comfort level. For example, our work together may include cognitive-behavioural strategies, mindfulness practice, relaxation exercises, or communication skills training. Although our primary focus is on the here-and-now – your present feelings and experience – we often encourage our clients to revisit and explore their history as this can often reveal past events or repeating patterns that are affecting a person’s current functioning.
Each of our counsellors has obtained a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and is registered as an RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. We also have specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which can be used with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, guilt, post-traumatic reactions, and low self-confidence or self-esteem.
If you wish to make an appointment with one of our counsellors, or simply learn more about how we can help, please call us at (604) 696-2552 or contact us by email.