Registered Counselling

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Registered Counselling Services in Nanaimo:

Everyone can benefit from having someone to talk to. Talking with a counsellor can help you better understand your feelings, actions, and reactions to the circumstances and people around you. Counselling can help to clarify situations so that you can make better decisions, set priorities that match your personal values, and define your personal boundaries. Having a stronger sense of who you are and what you want your life to be like is empowering, and can benefit you in all areas of life.

Counselling appointments at the Reed Family Wellness Centre are available for the entire family as indivduals, couples, or as a family unit.

Because We Know You’re Wondering…

Short answer, yes. Certainly for the consultation, and certainly if it helps you feel supported, or safe. For individual sessions there is no extra cost to having an extra person. That is, if the focus of the session in on one person and not between the two people coming, such as in couple’s counselling.

Yeah. The truthful, and disappointing answer is, depends and varies from a few (3-5) to many (50). What does it depend on? One way of looking at it is the balance of distress and complication of issues compared to the available supports and resources.
Having said that, my experience is most people find even one session helpful.
As cost is often an issue, some people find it helpful to agree on what issues they want to address, and how many sessions they can afford. People usually are able to meet, or be on their way to meeting, their goals when set up this way.

Well, if you are thinking or curious counselling, that’s a likely sign. I have found most people have a clear idea after the first session, sometimes two, if they need counselling or are ready for it. I will do my best to support you in making that decision.
Sometimes people don’t know why they need counselling. There is just a general feeling of unease, or that something is wrong. You don’t have to have a clear reason to want to see me. Come, and we’ll work together to figure it out.

I have seen different counselling, some able to offer what I needed, so not. I appreciate honestly, and if you feel, at any point, that I am not a fit for you but that you still need counselling I will offer you referral to someone else.

An easy one. Yes for most people, and more so for people who stick with it.

Just as effective, sometimes more. Medication does not treat mental illness, medication address symptoms. Sometimes symptoms are so serve that medication is helpful or necessary. Counselling can address both symptoms and causes of symptoms. Counselling, unlike medication, has an end with fairly lasting results. As well, studies comparing medication and counselling find counselling can improve overall well being as well as reduce symptoms.

Often yes. Some physical pains, sensations, or conditions are symptoms of emotional issues. Addressing these emotional issues may lead to a reduction in physical symptoms.
Counselling may also be able to help with one’s experience or relationship to pain and other body sensations. Pain arises in the body, and is interpreted by the mind. As much of our body and mind is, or can become conscious, how we experience pain can be altered.

A sliding scale means I am able to offer a discounted rate to some people who are in need of counselling, and under finical hardship. If cost is a barrier to counselling, and you are in need, please contact me and I will offer what I can.

Under most situations, yes. The information you share is yours to share with other people or not. I will cover this in more detail with you if we meet. Exceptions to privacy include harm to self or others, or if I am under a court order. However, even under those circumstances I am only obligated to share the minimally necessary information.

The Benefits of Counselling

People see counselors for a variety of reasons.  Counselling is especially helpful in times of transition, and can help to provide clarity to situations that are new or changing. It can also be helpful in situations when there is no change and things begin to feel stagnant and off balance. A counsellor provides a confidential place to talk about the things that weigh on your mind as well as objective feedback to help you explore options that feel comfortable for you. Counselling can help to reduce stress, provide the sounding board for ideas you’d like to try, introduce you to new perspectives, and empower you with new coping skills.

  • Welcoming a new baby
  • A change to your employment
  • Relationships in the workplace
  • Ending or beginning a relationship
  • Loss of a spouse or child
  • Care-giving an aging parent
  • Separation and divorce
  • Improving family communication
  • Blending families
  • Coping with chronic illness or pain

What to expect in the Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is a free 30 minutes session. This is an opportunity for you to share your story. This may include some of your struggles, or perhaps express you interest in self-growth. The time if yours to use it as you see best. This may be asking questions about what the counsellor can offer, hearing their assessments on how what approach to take and how long you can expect. You are also welcome to ask questions about them, or counselling in general.

This consolation can be in person, on the phone, online video conferencing, or by email.

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