What do you want to know about counselling?

Why would I see a Parent Counsellor?

Parenting is one of the most intense experiences of our lives.  It is a full-time 24/7 job that often comes with very little formal preparation, recognition, daily support, or extra help when we need it.  When challenges arrive, and all parents have them, we can feel more isolated, ill-equipped, and frustrated than ever.  My goal for Parent Counselling is to provide a safe and supportive space for any parent to talk about the really hard parts of parenting and to get help and support to get your family back on track.

What can I expect from a Parent Counselling session?

Parent counselling involves any or all of the following: listening to parents, supporting emotions, asking questions, suggesting alternate viewpoints, offering strategies, providing resources, planning and ongoing support to make parenting changes.

What kind of problems can you help me with? 

I am happy to assist with any and all any parenting issues.  See How can I help? section

Who should attend the Parent Counselling session?

Families come in many forms.  I am happy to work with you and any other adults who are parenting, co-parenting, or involved in the primary care of your children.

Do I bring my child(ren) to the sessions?

No, I only work with parents (and other care-givers as requested).  In my experience, adults are the ones who are most able to make the necessary changes to help child(ren) to grow and develop to their full potential.  Even the most challenging behaviours on the part of the child can be greatly influenced by shifts in the understanding and behaviour of the adult.  As the parent you are the expert on your child and are the source of their strongest attachment.  My job is to support you to be the parent you want to be for your child(ren).  If you are in need of additional help and resources to support your child(ren), I am happy to provide referrals.

How long are the sessions?      

Sessions can be 60 or 90 minutes depending on the needs of the client(s).  90 minutes sessions are recommended when there is more than one parent attending the session. 
I offer a free 20 minute initial phone consultation. Contact me.

How many sessions will it take? 

The number of sessions needed will vary, of course, and it is always up to you to decide what you and your family need.  For some parents, a few sessions may be all they need to get support or a small boost.  Typically in 6-12 sessions parents can make significant progress and growth in challenging areas.

Where will the sessions take place?

My office is at Pyxis Counselling Services at 101-1416 Commercial Dr.  I also have access to an office space downtown at Howe and West Pender. Appointments are available weekends and evenings as available.

How much do the sessions cost?

$90 for a 60 minute session, $130 for a 90 minute session
For current clients a 30 minute phone check-in is available for $50

Will my extended health plan insurance company reimburse me?

Some extended health insurance companies (including Sun Life, Pacific Blue Cross, Green Shield Canada, Equitable Life of Canada, and ClaimSecure) may reimburse members for counselling services by ACCT designated counsellors. Please check your benefits.  I will provide a receipt with my ACCT registration number.

What is your counselling training?

See my About page for the long version.  The short version is that I have 25 years experience working with families. I recieved a BA in Family Studies from UBC, I completed the Counselling Skills program at VCC, I have completed three week-long intensives with Dr Gordon Neufeld and I continue to attend as many parenting courses as I can. I am currently a full-time Master’s student in Counselling at City University of Seattle.

Are you a registered counsellor?

I am registered as a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (ACCT). They have on file my educational transcripts and certificates, counselling and supervision hours, and a criminal record check.

What about confidentiality?

All of your personal information will be held in complete confidence and will not be shared with anyone without your request and written permission. The exceptions to confidentiality are as follows: 1. any information shared about harm (or potential harm) to a child must be reported to child protection, 2. risk of serious harm or death to any person, yourself or others must also be reported to authorities 3. in the case of a court order or subpoena. 

I have more questions, can I talk to you about them? 

I offer an initial free 20 minute confidential phone consultation in order for you to ask any questions, talk about what you are looking for, and to decide if you want to schedule an in person appointment.  Contact me.

How do I decide if you are a good fit for me?      

The 'good fit' of the counsellor has been found in research to be one of the most important indicators of the success of any counselling. It is based in part on asking questions and getting information from me, but it is equally important that you trust your intuition about whether you want to do this work with me. You can start this process with a free 20 minute initial phone consultation where we can begin to get to know each other a bit and you can ask any questions you may have.  Contact me.