Getting Started

“There is a way through whatever dilemma or difficulty you might be facing”

Finding the Right Therapist

Looking for a therapist is a big step. It takes courage and it helps to have some guiding questions:

  How will I know the right therapist for me?

  Will I feel safe?

  Will I be able to open up?

  Will this professional understand my particular issues?

It can help to talk to others who are seeing a therapist whom they like working with, and to hear about their experience and to find out how they chose their therapist. By reading a website or talking to a professional on the phone, you may get a sense you can connect with a counsellor. Undertaking one session with the person of your choice and seeing how it feels is the most reliable method of making a choice. Really listening to your sense of that time with the therapist is very important. Ask yourself: do you feel you can talk openly with that person? Do they seem to be listening to your particular story? Are they offering you responses you find useful?

What qualities would I seek in a counsellor?

A professional counsellor offers empathy, understanding and objective listening. A counsellor should have the training and skills necessary to help you develop the resources you need for tackling the challenges you experience. A counsellor should have an up-to-date and good understanding of psychology, should be educated in their field, be well versed in various treatment approaches and be someone you can develop a rapport with.

Counselling and Social Stigma

You may wonder:

  Will colleagues or family have judgments?

  Will I feel embarrassed to admit I’m seeing a counsellor?

In some parts of society counselling is a normal, accepted way to deal with life issues. In others it is stigmatized and people feel embarrassed or are seen as less competent because they are receiving counselling. Whatever your situation, you can be assured that your counselling experience will be entirely confidential.

Such issues can be discussed in a confidential initial phone call. Feel free to use the contact form to start with.

Psychological and emotional challenges are normal. Who is affected?

According to Stats Canada:

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

Whether you are suffering with a mental health diagnosis or not, there is nothing abnormal about your experience. Life in general is increasingly difficult for many people. In the same way as we see a dentist for our dental health, or a massage therapist for physical issues, so we can see a counsellor for our emotional and mental health.

 

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