What is Counselling?
At Eagle Wellness we think of therapy and counselling as sharing your experience, problem and issue with a professional, in order to gain a fresh perspective, develop new tools, and get back in touch with your own wisdom and knowledge. We don’t see ourselves as experts, but rather as co-collaborators and consultants on your healing journey. We likely have had our own personal experience with some of the problems you may be experiencing, and understand what is means to need guidance and support from an objective person.
As practitioners we all bring a deep spiritual understanding to our work, we also carry the hope that things can shift and feel different over time. This helps us to carry meaning for you, even while you are still searching for it.
As professionals, we are registered with our respective governing body such as the BC College of Social Workers,
or the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
. These governing bodies exist to hold us accountable and to protect you. This also allows us to issue receipts as either a Registered Social Worker (RSW) or Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) that can allow your sessions to be reimbursed by your insurance company. RSWs are also tax exempt, and may be claimed with CRA as a medical expense.
Main forms of counselling
Our practitioners at Eagle Wellness each have a different set of modalities and approaches they use, please refer to each practitioner’s page to know a more about how they practice. Some approaches used include:
- Art based approaches
- Narrative therapy
Who can benefit from counselling?
Anyone who is wanting to create and effect change in their lives can benefit from counselling. This entails a willingness to looking at patterns, behaviours and reactions and approaching them in a different way from what you are used to. We also integrate the impact of society, culture, structures, institutions and legislation into your experience of the challenges you are facing. Change is not easy and does take time, also change may not always be realized in the time and manner that you are hoping.
What issues are suited to counselling?
Our practitioners can work with most issues. We have listed the most common issues that people come to see us with. These include:
- Grief and loss
- LGBTQ identity
- Relationship concerns
The most important element of counselling is the relationship and connection you have with your counsellor. This is one of the most important factors in getting the most out of your sessions. As trust is built, you will be able to talk and investigate your feelings and emotions on a deeper level.
What does counselling look like in practice?
In your first session your counsellor will have you sign a consent form and invite you to get to know each other. You may be curious to know more about your therapist, their background, where else they have worked; you can also share a little of your background and history. It’s natural that the first session may not cover everything you are dealing with, this is because we would like you to develop trust as we get to know you better. Most often this is what clients would like as well. We tend not to follow a formal intake and assessment process with lengthy forms to be completed. We prefer to get to you know as you feel ready and based on what is most important to know at the time.
Everything you tell us is completely confidential, unless there are any concerns for your safety or other ethical considerations. We all work with a supervisor for support and feedback about our work, however we never provide revealing information about your identity.
You will be encouraged to sit with us and take your time to feel comfortable with the process. You may want to talk about some lighter parts of the problem and issues if you prefer. Your therapist will ask questions to explore and better understand your experience of the problem. Some questions may also be asked to provide a different perspective of the problem, in the hopes of easing some of what you are experiencing.
What results can you expect?
Change can take time, and is not a linear process. We will talk with you about what your goals are, and how to break them down into smaller more manageable goals. Depending on your time and resources, and level of support needed, you can decide how often you need to see your counsellor. Some people come weekly or every two weeks initially, and then taper off to monthly. Others come whenever they are needing to check in and obtain some support. We will help you determine what seems to make the most sense for you, if you are not sure how often to make appointments.
Mindfulness based meditation
Arts based approaches