Pacific Health

Counselling & Consulting 

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What is Counselling?


Counselling is a time-limited and collaborative endeavor between two or more people that is undertaken in order to address some pressing issue. In essence, counselling helps individuals to gain control over their lives and develop the capacity to cope with the vicissitudes of life.


Is Counselling Confidential?


Confidentiality is of paramount importance in a counselling setting. At Pacific Health Counselling & Consulting, all counselling and consulting sessions are strictly confidential. In addition, any written records and notes are confidential and no information will be released without the client’s consent. There are, however, certain situations wherein a counsellor may be required to breach confidentiality. Specifically, a counsellor may be required to breach confidentiality in the following situations:


  • If a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse or neglect, and is unable to seek support or assistance, or is in need or protection;
  • If a client or another person is at clear risk of imminent harm;
  • If the counsellor is required to comply with a court subpoena;
  • If the client operates a vehicle while impaired by substances, then the counsellor is required under the Motor Vehicle Act to report the client to the proper authorities.


Does Counselling Work?


Absolutely! There is an impressive body of outcome research that has demonstrated the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy. Many individuals report symptom relief shortly after entering into therapy, and therapeutic gains are often sustained over the long-term.


What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?  


A registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) is a counselling practitioner who meets the criteria established by the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). These criteria ensure that R.C.C.'s have completed specific academic requirements and have demonstrated proficiency in a supervised clinical practicum. In addition, The BCACC requires its members to engage in ongoing professional development, as well as adhere to a Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice.


What Happens During a Session? 


With the exception of the initial session, each session is partitioned into seven segments: (a) check in and brief update; (b) review of what transpired during the previous session; (c) setting the session agenda; (d) a review of "homework" assigned during the previous session; (e) discussion of the issues; (f) assigning new homework; and (g) summary, conclusion and feedback. 


Are fees covered by extended benefit plans?


Partial coverage is available through most extended benefit plans. Please contact the administrator of your benefit plan for more information.


Do You Use A Sliding-Scale? 


Yes. A sliding-scale is available for individuals with a demonstrated financial need. For clients seeking this option, fees are based upon total family income (i.e., family income before allowable deductions are taken into consideration) as well as family size. Please consult our counsellor for more information on this option.