Clinical Counselling

 

What is a Registered Clinicial Counsellor?

A Registered Clinical Counsellor is a professional who has completed Master’s level counselling education / training and has met the necessary standard requirements to receive the classification as a Registered Clinical Counsellor from the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Clinical counsellors must follow the ethics and standards of practice set by this association.

What are the types of issues a person may go to see a clinical counsellor?

Our Counsellors can help you with Stress Management, treatment of Anxiety and Depression to coping with Loss & Grieving. Our Counsellors have specialized training in Relationship Counselling, Trauma * Chronic pain * Major life changes * Depression * Addictions.

Professional counselling is effective because it allows you time and space to work through your personal or relational issues in a safe, nonjudgmental fashion. A clinical counsellor will assist you to think more clearly about decisions or responses to a particular situation or event. They will help you to understand your own responses, thoughts and feelings. With awareness you can develop tools and skills that can support the process of change. A Registered Clinical Counsellor can assist you to understand your personal issues and concerns, to promote self-growth, improve interpersonal relationships, and enhance self-awareness.

Do you feel caught in old unproductive patterns of behaviour, not knowing how to get out?

From time to time we are all faced with challenges in our lives. These situations can sometimes lead to isolation, depression, anxiety or other health difficulties. Through counselling you can explore alternatives, build on your strengths and develop new insights and skills.

How do they do this? Will I need to lie down on a couch?

No need to lie down on a couch. We have comfortable chairs for you to sit in. Each experienced counsellor at our clinic has been trained in a number of different approaches for working with clients. The counsellor will discuss with you the method that they feel would be best for you. Some of the approaches are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), client-focused, Sensorimotor or Self Regulation Therapy.

Our Clinical Counsellors can help with:

Anxiety:

Anxiety symptoms can range from mild to life altering. We all experience some anxiety from time to time. Symptoms of anxiety may include avoiding situations that make you uncomfortable, negative ‘self-talk’, upset stomach, muscle tension and a general feeling of fear or dread. Counselling can help to teach you how to identify, track and overcome your fear and anxiety.

Stress:

Life will always include a certain amount of stress. We may experience stress sitting in traffic, watching the news and going to work. We all have different levels of stress in our life and experience our stress differently. Counselling can teach you skills to lessen and better deal with the stress in your life. From learning relaxation skills to problem solving, you can learn to gain control of the stress in your life.

Relationship Challenges:

Sometimes our interpersonal relationships can be a challenge. From getting along with our friends and family to working productively with our colleagues; sometimes we could use some help. Boundary setting, assertive communication and effective listening are just some of the skills that a counsellor can teach you to improve your current relationships and to develop new relationships.

Couples:

Most couples will experience a ‘tough patch’ at some point in their relationship. Issues such as finances, infidelity, life stressors and transitions, addictions and raising children are some of the common issues that can put stress on a relationship. Counselling can assist couples as they navigate through these difficult times. Couples will learn the skills necessary to communicate more effectively, rebuild trust, friendship and intimacy, and nurture the positive aspects of their relationship.

Depression:

Symptoms of depression can vary from mild and temporary to severe and persistent. Feeling ‘blue’, lonely, isolated, confused and tired are just some of the feelings associated with depression. Counselling can help you to examine the causes of your depression and work towards identifying and overcoming your depressive thoughts. Learn to identify your ‘depression triggers’ to avoid/lessen future incidents of depression.

Trauma:

Sexual, physical or emotional abuse, motor vehicle accidents, major illness, poverty andnatural disasters are just some examples of traumas that people might experience. Symptoms of trauma can be both physical and psychological and may include feeling anxious, sad, withdrawn and isolated. Physical symptoms can include insomnia, upset stomach, headaches and feeling numb. Counselling can help you by providing you with a safe and supportive environment to process the feelings and memories associated with the trauma and regulating strong emotions.

Infertility:

Infertility and reproductive loss can be heartbreaking. It can create feelings of grief, depression, loss, isolation, anger and confusion. Interpersonal relationships may be affected and life satisfaction may be depleted. A counsellor can help you navigate the medical system, learn your options, keep your relationship strong, and learn the skills to get through everyday stresses as you deal with infertility.

Disordered Eating:

What distinguishes disordered eating is the purpose or the consistency behind the behaviour. Disordered eating includes a range of abnormal eating such as chaotic and irregular eating, obsessing about controlling eating and eating excessive foods at one time. There can be a negative overall impact on self-esteem, emotional, social and physical well being. A counsellor will work with you at your pace to regain control, improving self-esteem and develop the skills to monitor and maintain healthy eating.

Chronic Pain:

Chronic pain may be constant or sporadic. Regardless, it can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life. When pain becomes chronic, it is important to learn ways to manage it, to reduce the suffering. Counselling can support you to explore your thoughts and attitudes. It can provide a safe environment to talk about your situation and to acknowledge your feelings, to build on your strengths and your abilities. Learning relaxation and mindfulness skills can also be useful in gaining some control over the pain and changing your relationship to it.

Addictions:

People who suffer from an addiction may engage in compulsive behaviour and gradually lose control of their lives. They often experience anxiety and/or depression. Counselling can assist in helping the person develop and maintain strategies to change the patterns of their behaviours, look at historical issues that may be contributing to their addiction and help to reduce anxiety and depression.

Grief/Loss:

The grief process applies to all kinds of losses – loss of loved one through death, divorce, losing a job, moving to a new place, losing a friend or losing a pet. These experiences are different for everyone. If you find that you are shutting down and not talking to anyone about what is going on it may be useful to seek counselling.

Major Life Changes:

No one gets through life without some unexpected changes, however sometimes these changes can be major. These experiences remind us that everything we have can change and suddenly life is different. Your future may now be filled with questions and uncertainty. It is normal to feel anxious and possibly fearful. Counselling can be very useful at this time. It can support you through the process of coming to terms with your current situation, finding ways to problem solve any of your difficult decisions and assist you in taking one step at a time.

The following websites will give you additional information about our counsellors. For Joyce go to www.joycebarwis.com