Welcome to Fairview Counselling
We offer counselling to individuals 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:
- Anxiety (including panic and phobias)
- Childbearing issues (preconception, pregnancy, postpartum)
- Relationship issues
- Grief / loss
- Life transitions
- Low self-esteem
- Career issues (including workplace conflict)
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.
Carly Dobson, MA, RCC, CCC
Carly is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and she holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Emphasizing a counselling approach that integrates the concepts of cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and solution-focused therapies, Carly helps individuals achieve personal growth and therapeutic change regarding a number of issues: trauma and abuse, PTSD, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and panic, self-esteem, life transitions, relationship and family concerns, stress, anger and workplace issues.
Carly dedicates herself to supporting individuals who are working through grief and loss and has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which assists in the resolution of traumatic experiences. Extensive background includes counselling adult survivors of abuse and working with adults across a range of issues in Employee Assistance Programs and university settings. She is also a grief support group facilitator and women’s support group facilitator.
Carly has an empathetic, warm manner and believes in fostering a non-judgemental atmosphere to help clients explore concerns and issues. She is an active member of the community and volunteers her time counselling adults and facilitating groups.