Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling

According to the College of Registered Psychotherapists (crpo.ca) Psychotherapy differs from Counselling as follows: “The practice of psychotherapy is distinct from both counselling, where the focus is on the provision of information, advice-giving, encouragement and instruction, and spiritual counselling, which is counselling related to religion or faith-based beliefs.” HPRAC: New Directions, 2006; Chapter 7, Regulation of Psychotherapy, p. 208.

CRPO does not regulate counsellors or counselling. However, psychotherapy and counselling can be highly interrelated.

Independent Associates listed on this website do not practice the regulated act of Psychotherapy. 

All services offered are fee-based services. Please inquire about how, or if, your session fee is reimbursable through an Employer Benefit plan if this is an option for you. Otherwise please assume you are paying out-of-pocket for sessions

Psychotherapy

​​The step towards seeing a mental health professional is an individual journey. All professionals mental health or collaborative work for you. 

At all times. 

Meeting you where you are at emotionally on any given day.  

It is important to understand is that Psychotherapy in any form is intended to be helpful and supportive with no hidden agendas or surprises. Ever!

We are humans doing human service work. 

But what is different about working with a mental health professional specifically is we have highly specialized training that helps us to learn the skill of putting aside our own personal “stuff”. 

This is one benefit of psychotherapy. 

Families, friends, trusted colleagues, sometimes even unexpected strangers can be good supports throughout our day. However, these individuals have their own emotional connection with you (well maybe not the unexpected strangers). This emotional connection can sometimes get in the way of where you may want to be. Working with a mental health clinician can help provide clarity for you in this respect 

A therapeutic relationship is like no other relationship in your life. 

You are always encouraged to speak candidly about the process and anything that may not be working for you within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. Through the therapeutic relationship, the process informs you about ways of living your day-to-day life, the way we collaboratively identify is ideal for you. This is different because there is no threat of abandonment, dismissiveness, ridicule, shame, blame, judgment, hurt feelings etc.. It truly is like no other relationship in your life. And for this reason it can also create a sense of vulnerability for you. This is why having the right therapist that suits what your needs is so important. We want to ensure you can grow and emerge into the best version of yourself.

Adults

Be prepared to attend a minimum of three sessions each once a week to start your therapy journey. Therapy is an investment you choose to make to better your life. 

Student interns see adults, couples and families. Please check out their individual profiles for more specific information.

Children & Youth

A variety of professionals listed on this website have skills, experience and expertise when working with Children, Youth and Families. 

Depending on the need we can point you in the direction where need fits scope of practice as well as availability. 

You have two options: 

  1. Some student interns can work with children (minimum age 10) and youth; check out their profile under the Interns link
  2. Independent Associates have a variety of skills and scopes of practice; check out their profiles under the Independent Associates link

Tele-Mental Health

Tele-Mental Health or virtual therapy is the primary* method of therapy services at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is not suitable for everyone.

Tele-Mental Health is not intended for emergency or crisis treatment and is not intended for those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder or difficulties related to substance use or for those at risk of harming self or others.

It is suggested that you present yourself to your nearest hospital for further assessment if you are presently experiencing challenges related to your mental health.

Tele-Mental Health allows for convenience and no travelling to and from appointments or having to leave work. If you are time restricted or unable to get to the office for appointments tele-mental health is an option for you. And now, it is a need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Studies have emerged that indicate the effectiveness of online therapy as being at least as effective as in-office sessions. For some, being in the comfort of their own home is more effective for their therapeutic experience.*Limited in-person sessions are available with COVID-19 precautions (not with student interns at the present time ~ Sep’21)

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