Category: Therapy

The Benefits of Video & Telephonic Counselling

This time of uncertainty and change can challenge our coping, strain our relationships, and may take a toll on your mental health.  Support and clarity is only a couple of clicks away!

 

I’ve had hesitations about counselling by video or phone in the past – there is something unreplaceable about being in the same physical space as a client.  H0wever I’m learning why video counselling and phone counselling can be such great options – now more than ever!  Read on if you are considering this as an option – and hopefully address any questions that you have had.

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It’s unbelievably convenient.

Going to see your therapist is unlike most other appointments you have, in that you really don’t need to be there in person (sorry but it can’t say that for the dentist, RMT, physio, hair, chiropractor, etc.) We, as counsellors, are fortunate (especially during this time) that we can provide services without you having to leave your home. 

It’s a time-saver for your mental health.

No commute required, no trying to squeeze an appointment in over your lunch break without the boss noticing you left early, no trying to find parking or even paying for gas or transit.  If you are working from home, you can seamlessly weave a session into your day as needed.

You will get used to video therapy quickly.

For some people who are used to traditional counselling, they may have hesitations – I get that.  But I think you’ll find that after figuring out the technical stuff (which is actually very straightforward with JANE), within a few minutes you will forget that there is even a screen between us.

Telephone counselling move you toward your goals – quickly.

And for those of you who are still feeling camera shy after reading this, telephone counselling can also be really effective.  There is actually evidence suggesting that people delve into their issues soon and work towards a resolution much more effectively than in-person.  Imagine — having a safe space to discuss your most personal issues, a supportive voice on the end of the phone… but without feeling like they are staring back at you are analysing your body language (not that we do that)!  I am always amazing at how effective this modality can be – I think people are more willing to open up and cut to the chase.

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7 Signs that you may be Ready for Counselling

One of the most important questions I ask when someone comes in to see me is, “what has brought you into counselling now?”  The answer not only allows me to understand what is going on in someone’s life, but has helped me realize there are specific reasons why people decide it is time to get the help of a professional counsellor.  Below I’ve summarized the 7 signs that you may be ready to do the same.

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Succeeding in Your OCD Treatment

For sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the intrusive thoughts and accompanying compulsions can be an inconvenience at best and devastating at their worse.  That said, OCD is HIGHLY treatable with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and other complementary techniques. Obsessive thoughts

In the article linked below, Fred Penzel, PhD, discusses the 25 Tips for Succeeding in Your OCD Treatment.

 

I wanted to share these, as reading them before starting counselling (and throughout the process) may make a big difference in the success that you achieve.

By getting on the same page as your therapist, you are working as a team to minimize the impact that OCD or obsessive thinking is having on your life.

Click here to read the article – I hope you find it useful.

A Counsellor’s Struggle with Vulnerability

As a newcomer to the field of public writing, and well-aware of how uncomfortable this can feel, I thought it would be appropriate to talk openly about my own struggle with vulnerability, and maybe inspire a few people to be open too.

A few years ago, when I was first starting into private practice, I had convinced myself that I didn’t need a website for people to find me (and in my defence, was told by a colleague that this was the case).  I probably just really wanted to believe this.  It is so much more comfortable hiding in the shadows than being vulnerable. 

It didn’t take long to realize that having a website was absolutely necessary to a successful business.  Of course, I now know how ridiculous that sounds.  But I remember having a really hard time defining myself.  What my values are, how I work, what I believe in.  Even though I knew I could help people, and I know myself well, putting it in black and white seemed so final, so self-involved, and so arrogant.  I think it was also hard for me to take the risk and “be seen” because it meant also opening myself up to criticism and judgment.  Especially hard when you are first starting out.

Anyways, I finally got over that and realized that I could endure the discomfort of publishing some basic information for people to read, and even have a picture or two of myself.  Read more

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