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Individual Counselling

The First Session – Intake and Assessment

The first time you meet with Brooke the goal is for her to get as complete a picture as possible about who you are. There will be some minimal paperwork to complete and then she will ask you a variety of questions about several different areas of life to get a clear picture of what has brought you into counselling and where you hope to get to with her support. The intake session typically lasts 1.5 hours to ensure that you can get a sense of each other and start tackling the issues immediately. Together you will decide on what the next best steps are and the frequency of on-going sessions. You will hopefully feel at the end of the session that you have taken a big step forward.

Session 2 and on...

Each person’s treatment plan will vary based on their circumstances, needs, and goals. Some clients begin by attending counselling on a weekly basis and space sessions out as they feel themselves stabilizing. For others, monthly check-ins are all that is required. Some individuals find that they just need a few sessions to tackle a very specific issue while others prefer longer term support. You will always be the leader in determining your care and can access more or less support as desired. Brooke believes in creating treatment plans with client feedback so you should not feel like decisions are being made without your input.

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Couples Counselling

Tackling relationship struggles can be a scary prospect for many people, but can also be an extremely rewarding and healing experience.  Brooke believes that it takes both bravery and courage to be open engaging in a process that will require total honesty within the most intimate relationships people share. She cannot promise any particular outcome, but her commitment is to support people to uncover the truth about their feelings and hopes for the outcome of the relationship, delivered within a framework of emotional safety and kindness.

All couples counselling sessions are 1.5 hours as the counselling process often is slower and must leave space for both people to feel heard and understood.

The First Session – Intake and Assessment

The first time you meet with Brooke the goal is for her to get as complete a picture as possible about who you are. There will be some minimal paperwork to complete and then she will ask you a variety of questions about several different areas of life to get a clear picture of what has brought you into counselling and where you hope to get to with her support. The intake session typically lasts 90 minutes to ensure that you can get a sense of each other to start tackling the issues immediately. Together you will decide on what the next best steps are and the frequency of on-going sessions.

Session 2 and on...

Each couples’s treatment plan will vary based on their circumstances, needs, and goals. Some couples begin by attending counselling on a weekly basis and space sessions out as they feel themselves stabilizing. For others, monthly check-ins are all that is required. Some couples find that they just need a few sessions to tackle a very specific issue while others prefer longer term support. You will always be the leader in determining your care and can access more or less support as desired. Brooke believes in creating treatment plans with client feedback so you should not feel like decisions are being made without your input. 

What is the difference between a counsellor or therapist, a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Finding the right person to help you tackle life’s challenges is rarely an easy process. Often, getting clear about what you need help with and then who the best person might be is a good starting point. In Canada, the title “counsellor” is not a protected term, which means any person can call themselves a counsellor without being penalized for it. The opposite is true for “Registered Psychologists” who, in the province of BC, cannot practice without completing their Ph.D., and be registered with the college of psychologists. Psychologists are often qualified to engage in various assessments and can also diagnose mental health concerns. Often, counsellors and psychotherapists will not.  

There are a variety of voluntary governing bodies for counsellors in BC and in Canada. Brooke is registered as both a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) which means that she has completed a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from an accredited university (UVic) and had to complete stringent requirements for supervision, training, and is required to participate in on-going professional development.

Psychiatrists are individuals who have completed their medical degree (MD) and then chose to specialize in psychiatry. Their expertise tends to be psychopharmalogical, with a focus on assessment and diagnosis for mental health issues, medication, and on-going management. In BC, most individuals must request a referral from their family doctor to be referred to a psychiatrist in the community. Often, community mental health agencies will also work closely with psychiatry in both adult and child and youth populations.

For people who find themselves struggling with life’s many stressors including relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, work stress, family conflict and everything in-between, a counsellor or psychotherapist is a good place to start. To ensure that you are getting quality care, choosing someone who carries a designation is recommended. Most extended health benefits providers will cover a portion of the costs as well, so be sure to check that before booking your visit so you can find an appropriate fit. For more information on find a counsellor, please check-out.

https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/

http://bc-counsellors.org/