Question: How do I approach counselling or a counsellor for the first time? What should I say?
Answer: Honesty is the best policy. Provide enough detail about your situation so the counsellor can determine whether it falls within their scope of practice. It’s okay for you to ask questions too! You may be wondering about the counsellor’s qualifications, whether they have assisted others with similar concerns, and what their specific training is in the field. Avoid providing too much detail on the web or via email.
Question: How do I ask for help? When should I book an appointment?
Answer: Be direct and follow your instincts. If you feel comfortable speaking with the counsellor or reading their website, book an appointment. You don’t have to have everything figured out before you see a counsellor. A general direction is fine. In fact, many people realize their needs are somewhat different than originally stated. That’s okay.
Question: What can I expect at my first appointment?
Answer: During your first appointment, you will get to know the counsellor and begin to develop a rapport/relationship. You will have an opportunity to tell someone outside your world about your problem and have it acknowledged – without judgement. For some people it may be the first time anyone has listened ever or in a really long time. Depending on the problem, you may begin to solve it.
Question: Can I book my appointments online?
Answer: Yes. Click on the Book An Appointment button in the right side bar. Or click here.
Question: Are Psychotherapy and Psychological Counselling Services covered by insurance plans?
Answer: Psychotherapy and Psychological Counselling services are often included in extended health care plans or by third-party insurance providers. Check your plan for “Registered Psychotherapy” and/or “Supervised Psychological Practice” coverage amounts.
Question: Do you write your own blog?
Answer: Yes, I personally author my blog. It’s something I enjoy doing and I believe it’s helpful for anyone looking for more joy in life! If you’re interested in subscribing, you can go to my blog page or save a step and subscribe online.