How do I know if counselling is right for me?
Life can be a roller coaster ride. At times it will be thrilling and at other times it will be terrifying. A trained counsellor can help you gain a deeper level of insight into your own life by:
- helping you identify unperceived information that may be in your blind spot
- teaching you how to respond to stressors more effectively while increasing your personal coping resources
- providing practical tips on how to reduce distress while adjusting to life transitions
- helping you recognize patterns that may be repeating in your life and ways you can break them
If you're feeling that you do not know how to move forward, it might be time to connect with someone to see if counselling works for you.
Why is counselling effective?
Talking to someone who has a non-judgmental, objective, and unbaised opinion can in itself be very healing. Registered Clinical Counsellors are trained to apply mental health psychotherapeutic principles to help others achieve a greater level of insight into distressing situations, behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. This will assist you in being more effective in your own life while also having a healthier relationship with yourself and others. Often times we get "stuck" and need a friendly hand to gently nudge us in the direction we want to go or to help us process traumatic events that continue to impair our functioning.
What areas are Registered Clinical Counsellors trained in?
Most Registered Clinical Counsellors are skilled with human relationships, effective communication skills, problem solving, stress and anger management, trauma, grief and loss, addictions, mental illness, sexuality, and conflict. As part of our certification and registration program we must demonstrate a high level of skill with counselling and the practical application of psychotherapeutic principles. If you are struggling in any of the above domains, counselling can help you shift towards a new way of being in the world.
How do I pick a therapist?
The most important aspect of therapy is that you are working with someone you feel comfortable with. There is a lot of research that it is not the specific treatment approach that determines success with therapy but the relationship you have with the practitioner. Therapy can be a time consuming process; it's important you see results and that you feel safe enough to be vulnerable and open as you share your story. Just like with other human relationships, you and your counsellor might not click; I offer a free 15 minute consultation to see if you believe we can work effectively together.
Are you an EFAP provider?
I am currently not doing EFAP work due to the high volume of my caseload. You may be able to have me as your therapist through First Nations Health Authority, Specialized Victim's Services or if your employer's HR team refers to me directly. Please enquire with me directly for details. Given that I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, please check your extended benefits to see your reimbursement options per calendar year and if I am covered under your plan.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing; it is a type of psychotherapy that has been well researched for over 25 years. EMDR is the go-to treatment of choice for trauma and PTSD and is highly endorsed by the World Health Organization, American Psychiatric Association, Veterans Affairs, and more. In many clinical trials with trauma it has outperformed other therapeutic modalities.
EMDR uses guided eye movements for bilateral brain stimulation (by a trained therapist) to re-process and re-file memories that are affecting our health, emotions, beliefs, and nervous system. I have found it to be amazingly fast in fixing the real root of the problem. With EMDR treatment you can expect a thorough assessment, resource development to assist with internal coping mechanisms in between sessions, and then a series of desensitization sessions. Traumatic events can overwhelm the brain and nervous system leaving unprocessed trauma in the body and in the mind. With EMDR it is possible to safely discharge these last tendrils so that the past is not affecting the present.
As a practitioner, it's been very rewarding to watch individuals walk out of the therapy session feeling happier and more empowered than they did at the start of the session and as a result it is my favourite therapeutic modality.