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Counselling Basics

what is counselling?

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.”

why do people go to counselling?

People (individuals or people in relationships) look for help and support in their lives for a wide variety of reasons. 

  • Change is a stress and can often leave people feeling stuck or not knowing their options. 
  • Anxiety, fear and/or depression may be patterns of behavior that have built up over time and need to be overcome. 
  • A person can feel unfulfilled, stuck or not lined up with their spiritual dimension.
  • Grief and loss can immobilize a person. 
  • Challenges in a relationship can feel insurmountable. 
  • Stressors at work and at home are sometimes difficult to deal with. 

how long is a session?

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.

is counselling covered by insurance?

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.

Choosing Your Counsellor

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.

What Can I Expect?

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.

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Helena Green, BA EFTCP MRP MPCC

Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling

Certified Energy & Somatic Psychology
(EFT & Matrix Re-imprinting) Practitioner

phone: 250-755-1122
email: helenagreen@shaw.ca

Counselling for the Health of It
Nanaimo, British Columbia

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