"All healing, all flourishing
comes from the story you tell yourself."
Christiane Northrup, MC
Although counselling can sometimes feel similar to a close and trusted friendship, it has several important differences. Some of these differences are:
It is one-sided in that we do not discuss and talk about the details of the therapist's life.
Counselling conversations have specific goals, and although always supportive in nature, counselling also presents you with challenges.
You always have the right to say No and this will not end the counselling relationship. Questions are encouraged with any technique used or suggested.
The therapist is bound by ethical codes and laws to keep confidentiality. Exceptions relate only to safety.
Ethical guidelines also dictate that the client and therapist do not have a relationship outside of the counselling relationship, be it social, personal, or professional - this would be referred to as a dual relationship and is ethically inappropriate.
Counselling IS like a close and trusted friendship in that it is meant to be a safe place to disclose one's story and feel affirmed and accepted. As well, like friendships, counselling relationships are unique. Finding a good fit with a counsellor is central to creating the space where healing and growth can occur. If you discover you are not comfortable working with me, you have the right to request a referral. I will do my best to find a professional who is a good fit for you.
Fees (includes GST): payable by cash, e-transfer or check
Individual: 60 minutes, $120*
Couple: 90 Minutes, $180*
*Sliding scale available. Rate is determined by household income and number of dependents. I am dedicated to making my counselling services available to everyone, regardless of economic circumstances. Let's have a conversation and find a workable solution.
If you have insurance, please check with your benefit provider to determine if the fees of a Canadian Certified Counsellor are covered under your plan. I do not direct bill. Receipts are provided.
"Be careful how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening."
Lisa M. Hayes