What is counselling?

Counselling offers a safe and supportive space to explore concerns in your life.  Concerns may be specific or general, few or many.   Talking with a trained counsellor can help you look at concerns in a different way and give you skills to overcome these challenges.  No problem is too big or too small.  

Is counselling confidential?

What we talk about in sessions will not be discussed with anyone else unless you provide informed, voluntary, and written consent.

Exceptions to this are: 

• If you are in danger of hurting yourself or others

• If there is suspicion or disclosure of abuse of vulnerable persons, such as a child, elderly person, or person with disabilities

• If records are subpoenaed by a court order

What can I talk to you about?

Anything and everything.  That being said, I do not have expertise in all areas.  There may be times when working with another professional would be in your best interest.  We can discuss this together should something like this arise.

What are the benefits of counselling and are there risks?

Benefits of counselling may include increased self-esteem, better mood, more energy and meaning in life, improved problem solving skills, greater understanding of self and others, improved relationships and freedom from problematic symptoms.  

Counselling may involve some risks. During counselling, you may experience uncomfortable feelings or recall or talk about troubling events and memories. Sometimes, change can have certain consequences (for example, learning to set boundaries may result in people in your life being upset about this).  That being said, you set the pace of our time together. You do not have to talk about or do anything that you are not ready or comfortable talking about or doing.  

How many sessions do I have to have?

As many as you would like, there is no minimum or maximum.  It depends on your situation and goals.