Is there a difference between counselling and therapy?

The terms counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, and there is no universally agreed- upon distinction between the two. In general, counselling tends to focus on short-term problem-solving, support, and guidance for individuals facing specific challenges. Therapy, on the other hand, often implies a more in-depth exploration of underlying issues and long-term personal growth. However, the specific definitions and approaches may vary depending on cultural and professional contexts. It’s best to clarify with your counsellor or therapist how they define and approach counselling or therapy.

How can counselling help me?

Counselling can be effective in addressing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, grief, stress management, and more. My role is to create a non-judgmental and supportive environment where you can openly express your thoughts and emotions. I will provide support, guidance, and apply evidence-based interventions to help you gain insight into your problems, develop coping strategies, and make positive changes in your life.

How do I know if I need counselling?

If you are experiencing emotional distress, struggling with personal relationships, facing major life changes, or feeling overwhelmed by stress, counselling can be beneficial. Further, if you find it challenging to cope with daily tasks, have persistent negative thoughts or behaviours, or if your well-being is being significantly impacted, it may be a good time to seek counselling. Ultimately, the decision to pursue counselling is a personal one and depends on your individual needs and circumstances.

What can I expect in a counselling session?

During a counselling session, you can expect a safe and confidential space to discuss your concerns with a professional. The counsellor will listen attentively, ask questions to gain a deeper understanding, and provide guidance and support. They may use different therapeutic techniques and approaches based on your needs. In general, sessions are goal-oriented, collaborative, and focused on helping you gain insights, develop coping skills, and work towards meaningful change.

How long does counselling last?

The duration of counselling varies depending on individual needs, goals, and the complexity of the issues being addressed. Some individuals may require only a few sessions to resolve a specific concern, while others may engage in longer-term counselling for ongoing support or deeper personal growth. Each session can be 50 minutes or an hour long.

Does counselling work for everyone?

Counselling can benefit many individuals, but its effectiveness can vary depending on personal factors and the specific issues being addressed. Its success often depends on your readiness for change, willingness to actively participate, the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor, and the appropriateness of the approaches used. While counselling has proven to be effective for many people, it’s important to note that results may vary, and it may take time to achieve the desired outcomes.

How do I prepare for a counselling session?

To make the most of your counselling sessions, consider the following tips:

  • Reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and concerns before the session.
  • Be open and honest with your counsellor about your experiences and expectations.
  • Clarify your goals and what you hope to achieve through counselling.
  • Prepare any questions or topics you would like to discuss.
  • Consider any specific triggers or challenges you may have during the session.
  • Take notes during or after the session to help remember key points or insights.

Remember, these are general suggestions, and you should feel free to adapt them to your own preferences and needs.

How much does counselling cost?

The cost of counselling can vary depending on factors, such as, location and the type of services provided. My fees are as follows:

  • Individual Sessions $195
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible.
  • Pay by Cash, Cheque, e-transfer
What is your cancellation policy?

A minimum of 48-hours notice is needed for you to avoid paying for a scheduled session.

Are my counselling sessions covered?

Most extended benefit plans cover clinical counselling services. However, it’s important to contact your insurance provider directly or consult their website to understand the extent of their coverage for counselling services.

How do you bill me and what are the possible methods of payment?
  • After each session you will receive an invoice to make a payment. After you make the payment, you will receive an official receipt to submit to your insurance company.
  • There are different ways of making payment. You can pay with cash, debit cards, Interac E-Transfer, and by cheque.