What is counselling like?

If you have never been to see a counsellor before, it can be a bit unsettling to take the first step to book an appointment.  In the first session together, I start by reviewing an Informed Consent form with you.  This form provides you with information about confidentiality with me, what the risks and benefits to counselling are, and how much the session will cost.  I will also take some basic information from you.  This includes information like your phone number and email, but also includes me asking you some questions about your life growing up and now.  This helps me to get a picture of you as a whole person before we start on the issue that you have come to counselling for.  

What are the risks and benefits to counselling?

Risks - Counselling may require that you be willing to explore difficult topics or memories, and try new or different behaviours. These experiences can sometimes lead to stronger than usual emotions. Effective counselling attempts to minimize or manage these feelings, which requires cooperation between you and me as your counsellor. 

Benefits - The benefits of counselling include a greater understanding of self, or others, a decrease in troubling symptoms of stress or anxiety, and an overall greater sense of personal well-being. You may learn coping skills that help you to more effectively manage life pressures, and allow you to build stronger more stable relationships with family and friends.

Will our sessions be confidential?

Yes. Everything you talk in counselling will be completely confidential, and will not be released without your consent.

There are three exceptions or limits to my responsibility to maintain confidentiality.  We talk about them in our first session together, and then I will remind you of them if there is a potential for a breach. 
1) Suspected child or elder abuse
2) An imminent risk of suicide or homicide
3) A court order has been made to subpoena your files

These limits to confidentiality are here for your protection, and I will exercise them in accordance with BCACC guidelines.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact me at 778-549-6334 or by clicking the button below.