The Nature of Counselling
Counselling aims to help reduce emotional distress and/or facilitate a problem-solving
process. Please feel free to ask questions at any time regarding your counselling experience. It is
helpful to keep the following points in mind as well:
- Although the long-term goal of counselling is to resolve difficulties, there may be
temporary emotional discomfort in the counselling session when sensitive issues are
- Counselling generally helps but can never offer a guarantee. Remember that there are
other types of professional services that may be helpful in addition to or instead of this
counselling process. Please ask about these. Remember, too, that leaving a problem
unresolved may, in certain circumstances, lead to a deterioration of the situation while in
other cases, a tolerable status quo may be maintained.
- The counselling process ends when you feel you have attained your goals or when no
further progress is being made. It is helpful to evaluate progress on an on-going basis.
Many people return at times for further counselling as needed.
Please make yourself comfortable in the waiting room. I will come for you when it is time
for our session.
There are washroom keys in the entrance hall and the washrooms are located directly
opposite the front door to the clinic. Please note that the clinic door will lock behind you when
you leave and you will need to ring again for entrance. If you are leaving the office, you can drop
the washroom key in the mail slot. Entrance to the clinic is by appointment only.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, including “paperwork” such as making payment and collecting receipts. You may wish to prepare you check in advance in order to best utilize your session.
Fees may be subject to change during the course of treatment. Couples sessions are
charged from the time of the scheduled appointment but do not actually start until both people
have arrived. Telephone sessions are charged at the standard rate . Payment is due each session.
There is a fee for all other services, such as photocopying, preparing reports, third party
telephone consultations, etc. You are responsible for the fee even if your insurance company is reimbursing these services. There is a service charge of $12.00 for N.S.F. cheques