Things You Need to Know About Seeking Counselling Services
Counselling is a big commitment of your time, money, and emotional energy.
Many people ponder whether seeking professional help might be useful to address issues they're facing. If you feel like you're just really stressed out and you're having real difficulty dealing with the day to day, it can be useful to have on-going support from a counsellor to help you collect your thoughts once in a while and gain a sense of clarity in moments of uncertainty. It's even useful for a quick check-in to discuss the need for better coping skills to help you adjust to your current experiences.
If something specific has happened in your life that's turned your world upside down, you might feel the need to seek out support for a longer period of time until you feel more confidence to break-free from concerns holding you back from taking control of your life again. In either case, a counsellor is an affordable and qualified professional who is able to listen to your issues and give a voice to the experiences that have been causing hardships.
Choosing the right counsellor is key to success in counselling!
Simply put, people seek counselling to get help. The reasons behind seeking professional support most often is as unique and diverse as the people who are looking for help. Depending on the issue(s) of concern, this help might come in the form of support, information, guidance, self-knowledge and/or space to learn and practice new skills and tools.
Finding that right person you feel safe to talk with about the most sensitive details of your life, who “gets” you, and who has the skills and expertise necessary to support you in your specific challenges and goals– this can feel like a difficult task.
Most people start at a directory listing like BCACC or CounsellingBC. In a growing city like South Surrey, there are dozens of counsellors to choose from – each with their own unique approach. It could be a costly and discouraging process seeing someone for a full session or two only to determine they just don’t fit for you. Then it’s back to the drawing board.
This is precisely why I have made efforts to make sure you feel the confident in working with me as the Registered Clinical Counsellor at Crescent Health Clinic. I want to make this easy for you and it's why I offer free counselling for new clients.
I offer a free 30 min counselling session.
Because I understand that choosing the right counsellor to meet your needs is an important decision. This helps you know if I can be helpful with the problems you’re facing. It also lets you see how comfortable you feel talking with me about your problems.
I give you the opportunity to use the free session in whatever way you think will be most beneficial. For some people that means interviewing me based on what they’re looking for. Others prefer me to ask them questions about where they’re coming from. Whatever your preference, I make sure it works for you.
Trust is an essential part of counselling.
Many people coming in for counselling feel uncomfortable talking about their concerns at first. After all, any counsellor you haven’t met yet is just another stranger. You don’t want to trust your problems to just anyone. They need to show you that they’re trustworthy and competent.
By using your free 30 minute session to get a sense of what it’s actually like to sit and talk with me, you’ll know that I can be trusted with your concerns. Your first session sets the stage for us to do good work.
A little bit of time can go a long way!
Even though we only meet at first for 30 minutes, most people find this time to make a real difference with how they’re feeling. For some people it inspires hope, knowing with more certainty that they’re on the right track.
Others find it to be a first step in the right direction, taking the start of an encouraging new perspective with them when they leave. Some find it relieving to finally open up and talk with someone who gets it.
I always do my part to make it as helpful to you as possible.
So, what's holding you back?