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