What is counselling?

Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a unique, confidential, therapeutic, helping relationship. In this relationship, the therapist does not offer advice, but rather helps clients to gain insight and understand more accurately him/herself and the world around them; to better understand their feelings and behaviors; and to assist in their interpersonal relationships.

Counselors often work with individuals who are struggling with difficult life circumstances and concerns, as well as those with mental illness. Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives, and sometimes engaging in counseling is a good way to attain support to overcome challenges.

Counsellors follow professional, legal and ethical guidelines. This means that information about your counseling sessions is not shared with anyone without your expressed written permission. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, however. If there is the possibility of harm to the client or another person, or in cases of child or elder abuse, Counsellors are mandated to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. Please ask your therapist for more information about confidentiality.

Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can seek counselling. Many scientific studies show that counseling can be effective in working with a variety of problems; however, a commitment is necessary for change to be seen. There is no set timetable for how long it will take until clients feel better. Clients set personal goals with their therapist and then relief may come from a variety of sources, including making changes to thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and decisions, and may take time to achieve. This may be because of the relief that comes from deciding to seek help, or an opportunity to speak about problems for the first time with someone who is impartial and nonjudgmental. The Counselling Centre offers a brief counselling service that is goal-centered and insight orientated. Clients are offered 6 to 8 counselling sessions in a treatment episode.

The Counselling Centre offers a variety of services, including individual counselling for children, adolescents and adults, group counselling, family counselling and couple counselling. The Counselling Centre offers counselling for many challenges, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, addictions or substance misuse, couples or family relationship difficulties.

Counselling is a different experience for everyone because clients bring a unique set of needs and circumstances. The first session is called an “Intake” appointment and some basic information is gather about the client. This is a walk-in service at The Counselling Centre which is open for clients at attend on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays - 9am to 4pm
  • Wednesdays - 9am to 1pm
  • Thursdays - 12pm to 6.30pm
  • Fridays - 9am to 1pm

Clients are then assigned to a therapist and the first counselling session is scheduled. This is an assessment session where the client’s concerns are discussed in greater detail and a plan is developed collaboratively to meet the client’s unique goals. The client and therapist will determine when to schedule further appointments and if additional referrals would be helpful, for example group counselling or other community resources.

Nothing. There is no financial charge for counselling services; however, it may take time, effort and a commitment to counselling to see the benefits. It is important for Clients to be early or on-time for their appointments and attend regularly to see the benefits. If Clients are unable to attend, they are asked to contact The Counselling Centre 24-hours in advance to re-schedule: 345-949-8789.

Quite the opposite. It shows a willingness to understand and surmount a challenge in your life. It takes courage to explore sensitive personal issues and difficult experiences. Everyone needs support at some point in their life to address problems that may be too difficult to manage alone.