Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

 

How do I get started?

Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.  You will be asked to provide some initial information over the telephone. You may then be scheduled for an initial two-hour evaluation session which provides an opportunity for you to build rapport with the therapist and provide him/her with some background about yourself and the reasons you are seeking counseling.  In addition, the intake therapist will be able to answer your questions regarding services, fees, confidentiality and what to expect in therapy. We are interested in developing a collaborative relationship with you in which we try to decide together what kind of treatment would be best for you. However, not everyone will be referred for continuing therapy at the clinic. We make decisions on what we believe will be best for the client. At the end of that first session, if we decide that it is in your best interest to move forward working with the assigned therapist, you will decide on a mutually-agreeable time slot for your therapy sessions (typically, the client and therapist will meet once a week, and each session will last approximately one hour). At your second appointment, you will begin working with your therapist to set goals for your therapy experience and then begin working together toward achieving them.

Various Formats

  • Face-to-face– This is when you make an appointment with a counselor to see them in person, usually at their practice. Face-to-face sessions are one of the more popular therapy formats because they provide an opportunity for you to react to any emotions that arise there and then.
  • Telephone counseling– For some, telephone counseling offers a helpful alternative to face-to-face counseling. This involves talking to your counselor over the phone instead of in person. This form of counseling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions, and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. This format also tends to be more flexible and can potentially reduce waiting list times.
  • Online counseling (Video/Audio) – Some people prefer not to physically speak to a counselor at all, utilizing technology and emailing their counselor instead. This form of counseling allows you to take the time to think through what you wish to discuss, and many find the act of physically writing their issues down cathartic. Online counseling also offers you the chance to protect your anonymity.

What all topics we can cover?

People may choose to speak to a counselor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional to find a solution.

  • Addictions
  • Bullying
  • Illness
  • Mental health issues
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Other

Types of therapy

When it comes to counseling there are a range of different approaches or therapies that can be used. The following examples briefly outline some of the most commonly used therapies in counseling:

Art therapy

Taking an alternative approach to counseling, art therapy encourages clients to use artistic methods to communicate their issues as well as words. For more details contact our expert.

Behavioral therapy

The principle idea behind behavioral therapy is that our behavior is learnt and can essentially be unlearn. This leads behavioral therapy to focus more on the present as opposed to looking back to the past. For more details contact our expert.

Cognitive therapy

The way we think often leads to changes in our behavior, and cognitive therapy looks to reconcile issues where they begin – in our thoughts. For more details contact our expert.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Focusing on the present, CBT is a practical therapy that aims to break down problems into smaller, more manageable issues. For more details contact our expert.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is typically used to treat issues that originated from trauma; however it is starting to be used more widely for issues such as depression and anxiety. For more details contact our expert.

Humanistic therapies

The therapy type encourages self exploration, with many varieties focusing on the ‘here and now’. For more details contact our expert.

Psychoanalysis

Instead, psychoanalysis believes any psychological issues stem from childhood and need to be addressed in order to be resolved. For more details contact our expert.