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Individual and Couples Counselling

Individual Counselling

Counselling is as unique as each individual. It will look different for everyone, but working with me could mean:

  • Getting clear about a big decision
  • Learning how to manage anxiety and stress
  • Navigating grief and loss
  • Learning to be open to your emotional self
  • Finding your footing after a divorce or breakup
  • Learning how to understand and heal from your past
  • Self-discovery and identity exploration
  • Exploring your values
  • Working on having compassion for your body
  • Safely exploring a change in beliefs
  • Looking back at your family of origin and its impact on the present
  • Understanding the patterns that keep you stuck

Slowing down can feel impossible when we’re completely overwhelmed. Let’s work together to help you slow down and hear what’s going on inside.

Couples Counselling

Relationships are hard. They’re where our greatest joys and deepest hurts are found. Here are some things I hear from couples looking for help:

  • We can’t seem to stop fighting
  • We don’t understand each other
  • We keep reliving the same hurts from our past
  • We’re not friends anymore (or never have been)
  • We are hurting after an affair
  • We are tired of feeling stuck
  • We are about to make a big change and are worried about our relationship
  • Our relationship is decent but just hasn’t been a priority

If any of this sounds familiar, you might benefit from couples therapy. I have advanced training in Gottman Couples Therapy – an evidence based approach with decades of research behind it. It doesn’t have to be the way it is now. Let me help get you started on a new road.

Do I really need counselling?

Lots of people have it way worse than me. Ever said these words? I hear them all the time. Of course this can be true, but it’s also true that your experience, your pain, your emotions and your thoughts are all equally valid and important. I want you to have the space to be heard.

Counselling is the chance to slow down. To think deeply about where you are and where you want to be.

 

Though all forms of counselling aren’t perfect for all situations, most therapy has the potential to be useful for many people. It’s worth giving it a shot to see if it works for you.

Do I really

need counselling?

Lots of people have it way worse than me. Ever said these words? I hear them all the time. Of course this can be true, but it’s also true that your experience, your pain, your emotions and your thoughts are all equally valid and important. I want you to have the space to be heard.

Counselling is the chance to slow down. To think deeply about where you are and where you want to be.

Though all forms of counselling aren’t perfect for all situations, most therapy has the potential to be useful for many people. It’s worth giving it a shot to see if it works for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a session cost?

Individual sessions: $120/hr

Couples sessions: $130/hr

*Please note the fees are subject to slight increases annually to adjust for inflation. 

Will my insurance cover my counselling appointments?

I direct bill most Blue Cross plans, and am registered as a provider with Green Shield. Most of my clients with other plans have had no issue getting reimbursed, but please check withyour insurance provider. After each appointment I will provide you with a  copy of your paid invoice with my license information. This can be used to make a claim with your insurance company.

How long is a counselling session?

Individual sessions are 50-60 minutes. Couple’s sessions are 60-90 minutes.

How do I know if counselling is a good step for me?

The decision to see a counsellor/therapist can sometimes feel daunting. The idea of meeting someone you don’t know and sharing parts of yourself that maybe you’re not even sure how to explain can often prevent us from taking the step to reach out. Some questions to ask yourself that can help guide your decision to see a counsellor/therapist might be:

  • Does it feel like the solutions I’ve used to move toward change are no longer useful or working? Do I/we feel stuck?
  • Does it feel like there are ways I am overwhelmed and confused and unable to sort through everything?
  • Am I ready to enter into a process that might be hard work in order to take steps toward healing or change?
  • Is my relationship with my partner/spouse becoming too hard for the both of us to figure out on our own? Does negativity seem to be taking over?

If some of these questions feel like a “maybe,” a “yes”, or a “yes definitely,” then counselling may be a good place to start. The good news is, counselling is always your choice. If you’re not sure, setting up a first appointment to meet me will give you the opportunity to see what it’s like and to ask any remaining questions you might have. Some people find the hardest part is making the first appointment and notice once we get started that it gets a little less intimidating.

What happens during a first session?

The first session is a chance for us to get to know each other. This means I will guide us with some questions so I can get an idea of the things that are most concerning for you and if you have any particular goals. It is important to understand that this first session will simply guide the next one, and the next one will guide those that follow. Though we will get a good sense of things, counselling is an unfolding process. We’ll get to know each other over time. The first session gives us a place to start, and allows me to understand what is most important for you to talk about and what goals you may have (if that’s clear at the time).

Is counselling just talking (because I hate talking)?

A lot of counselling is about making sense of your experience by putting words to that experience. It’s also a conversation, so talking will certainly be a part of it. I’m also interested in understanding the way we learn through our bodies and emotions as well as our minds (the talking/thinking parts). When simply “talking about it” isn’t working,  we can explore other ways of  learning. This might include things like experiential learning such as art, poetry, writing and mindfulnes. My goal is to meet you where you are and if exclusive talk therapy is not working, I’m happy to explore other ways.

How long will it take?

How many sessions you may want or need depends on your goals. Many clients find that 6-10 sessions is a good amount of time when they have a goal that they are working toward. Some find that a longer stretch is helpful as they navigate some long standing concerns or explore painful parts of their past. This is something we will check in about often and doesn’t have to be decided right away.

Will counselling actually help?

Whether or not counselling is actually helpful depends on many factors. Some factors include the people in the session (counsellor, client(s)) and the relationship between them. It’s also been found that people who enter therapy trusting that it will help are more likely to find that it does. Because counselling is based on a relationship, when something isn’t working, you can always tell me. Often this is what helps get things back on track.  Counselling is a collaborative process. As we each do our part it has the potential to lead to connection and growth.

Taking a first step can be hard. Let’s do it together.

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Please note: This is not an emergency or crisis resource. If you are in crisis, or need immediate support please call the Chimo Helpline in NB (1-800-667-5005), Canadian Suicide Prevention Service (1-833-456-4566), or Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).