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Here are some frequently asked questions about counselling in Nanaimo.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a relational way for people to process their feelings and behavior to enable them to not only be balanced but also set them up for making positive, sustainable decisions. An important aspect of successful counselling is the relationship between the therapist and the client. The counselling process is characterized by the application of recognized cognitive, affective, expressive, somatic, spiritual, developmental, behavioural, psycho-educational, and systemic principles.”
People (individuals or people in relationships) look for help and support in their lives for a wide variety of reasons.
A typical session is 50 minutes long yet the duration is influenced by factors such as time and financial constraints, plus a sensitivity to what is being shared.
Extended health benefit plans may include counselling and psychotherapy. Coverage depends on the specific contract and wording is important. If you are relying on insurance coverage, check for ‘counsellor and/or psychotherapist’ in the contract or contact your plan administrator.
Counselling that is effective, relevant and sustainable involves a counsellor with education, training and life experience. Beyond the counsellor’s background, it is important to feel a certain trust and/or sense of ‘fit’ with your counsellor. Counselling is based on a platform created in this grounded and honest relationship between counsellor and client.
Over the course of therapy, the counsellor and client develop strategies and tools that support the client in their emotional and psychological, as well as spiritual, wellbeing.
The first step is to get clarity. With that, a person is able to discern what is working for them as well as change what isn't. With clarity the client is able to keep what is working and lose or change the rest. Sometimes change involves developing new habits in attitude as well as behaviour.
Most things worthwhile take time. With support, tools, strategies and clarity, clients are able to make sustainable decisions that set them up for success in the short, medium and long term.
Deep listening. Clarity. Sustainable Solutions.
Helena Green, BA EFTCP MRP MPCC
Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling
Certified Energy & Somatic Psychology
Counselling for the Health of It
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