Almost everyone has a time in their life when they need some help. You don’t need to be dealing with a very serious problem to benefit from counselling. Counselling is about more than mental illness. It’s about working through and dealing with issues such as trauma, life changes, abuse, relationships, and much more. In counselling [...]
From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when we may need help to address problems that cause emotional distress or feelings of being overwhelmed. When you are experiencing these types of difficulties, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced, trained professional. Professional counsellors offer the caring, expert assistance that we often [...]
When counselling has been successful, you will feel like there have been positive changes in your life. You feel more hope and self-confidence, you have resolved past issues, your emotional state is more stable, you are trying out new behaviours and they are working, people are reacting differently to you and may comment that something [...]
Counselling is a collaborative effort between a counsellor and client. Much benefit can be found for clients through the development of the therapeutic relationship. Professional counsellors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil. Resolving past or present problems is possible. Clients may also seek to improve communication and coping [...]
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) provide quality mental health and substance abuse counselling to tens of thousands of British Columbians each year. An RCC will have a Master’s Degree in counselling psychology or social work which included an internship and coursework in human behaviour and development, effective counselling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas. [...]
You do not need a referral to make an appointment with an RCC. You can contact counsellors in private practice directly. Please note that psychiatrists and some psychologists require a referral from a doctor.
To be able to meet the scheduling needs of my clients I offer evening sessions. My office hours are 12:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday – Friday.
Although counselling fees are not covered under the BC Medical Services Plan, many workplace health benefit plans (like those of Great West Life, Manulife, and Pacific Blue Cross) do include counselling coverage that reimburse you for visits to a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). Your insurance company or Human Resources department will be able to advise [...]
Ideally, counselling is finished when the problem that you pursued counselling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. However, some insurance companies and managed care plans may limit the number of sessions for which they pay. You should check with your health plan to find out more about any limitations in your coverage. During the [...]
This experience can be quite common for people when they first come for counselling as past traumas, wounds, or losses begin to be addressed. This is part of the healing process for many clients at the beginning of a healing journey. It is important to continue to come to counselling until your goals are met. [...]