Regular Rate: $120/hour (50-minute hour)
Transition Consultant: $65/hour (50-minute hour)
Providing Support with:
Addiction (Gaming, Shopping, Sex, Drug, Alcohol), Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Blended Family Issues, Bullying, Childhood Abuse, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Fear, Finding Peace after a Terminal Illness Diagnosis, First Nations Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Identity, Grief and Loss, Infidelity, Issues with Adult Children/Extended Family, LGBTQ Issues, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Parent Coping Skills, Parent/Child Conflict, Parenting Skills, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premarital Counselling, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Self-Esteem, Separation, Sexuality, Suicidal Ideation/Behaviour, Supervised Visitation Services, Trauma, Workplace Issues.
What to expect…
When you walk through the doors of Fraser Valley Counselling, we want you to feel safe and cared for. During the first session we will be collecting confidential contact information, as well as going over the Informed Consent. The Informed Consent describes your rights and the ethical and legal guidelines of your counsellor. After the paperwork has been taken care of, you will have the opportunity to share some of your story and the process leading you to seek counselling support. In the sessions that follow, the client and counsellor will collaborate towards accomplishing the client’s goals. The process involves client participation and is, in so many ways, client directed. The counsellor is considered the guide and maybe sometimes an illuminator of ideas, thoughts or revelations that might be just out of reach.
How long are the sessions?
Counselling sessions are typically a 50-minute hour. Should you want longer sessions, they can be made in consultation with your counsellor. (For couples counselling, often 90 minute sessions are beneficial.)
The therapeutic relationship is confidential. Your counsellor will not share your identity and information with others to respect your personal experience and so that you feel safe and secure being open. The only exceptions to this is that counsellors have a legal requirement to disclose information if there is risk of danger/harm to yourself, someone else, a vulnerable person or child. If there is any information regarding child abuse this will need to be reported to the proper authorities. Counselling notes can also be subpoenaed to court.
Benefits and risks of counselling
There are many benefits to counselling, and each individual client determines their personal goals. Benefits may be an increased ability to live more effectively by improving your ability to cope with life pressures, family relationships & friendships. You may also gain better understanding of yourself, your goals and values that will assist you in your personal growth and career goals. Therapy can help a person gain new understanding about themselves, their relationships, and how it is currently assisting or hindering them in achieving their goals. Therapy allows a person to learn new ways of coping and solving their own identified problems. Therapy can help a person develop new skills and to change behaviour patterns that aren’t working for them. Therapy can contribute to improved ability to cope with stress and difficult situations and can increase understanding of self and others.
There are risks to the therapeutic process. Counselling may involve the risk of remembering unpleasant events and may arouse strong emotions and feelings.
How we help?
We will be listeners. We will reflect back to you some of your thoughts and definitely what we notice in how you express your emotions. Through this process, our hope is that you make new meaning out of your current situation and begin to feel empowered to make the changes that seem right for you.
We encourage you to rebook appointments directly with your counsellor at the end of your session, or, at your convenience, you can call the office and book with our Administrator. Clients are able to book three weeks in advance to secure a specific time spot.
All appointments are based on a standard 50-minute hour (allowing the counsellor time to complete session notes)
Fraser Valley Counselling’s voicemail messages are confidential. If for some reason you reach our answering machine, our goal is to respond within one business day. Feel comfortable sending an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please understand that we legally and ethically will not be able to assess your symptoms or give general treatment advice over the phone or email.)
We require two business days’ notice to cancel or reschedule appointments. We accept emails and voice messages as notice for cancellation. We charge full rate for all short notice cancellations.
What are the fees and preferred method of payment?
The accepted methods of payment are debit, Visa, or Mastercard, and cash. The fees range depending on the therapists you see.
*Please note, we require two business days’ notice for cancellations or rescheduling appointments. The client will be billed for the missed session.
Not all extended benefit coverages are the same. Please check with your employee handbook to see if your benefit provider will cover Registered Clinical Counsellors, or Canadian Certified Counsellors. To access your benefits, it’s most common that the insurance company ask you to pay for your session, then have you submit your receipt online, or through the mail. Most plans provide a limited amount of coverage per year.
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