Frequently Asked Questions
Is what we discuss confidential?
One of the great benefits of counselling is confidentiality. New opportunities can emerge in knowing that what you share with me will be kept private. I keep what we discuss confidential with a few exceptions that I will discuss with you when you arrive.
Who do you work with?
As a diversity educator I have been privileged to work with clients with diverse backgrounds in gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, physical ability, language, religion, culture and age. Currently I am working with individuals in my downtown Nanaimo office (517 Wentworth St.). Please let me know if there is a specific request you have regarding your counselling. I will do my best to remove any access barriers, however sometimes another counsellor or agency may have better solutions for you than I can provide.
What! A male counsellor?
Yes, we do exist. One of my early teachers thought all clients should have the choice to work with who they felt best met their needs. Some people may find a particular interest in working with a male counsellor. If this appeals to you then you may be on the right track by checking out my website.
I'm not sure I need counselling or therapy.
For me, counselling has always been about want rather than need. We often hear people say, “that person needs therapy” but I don’t think it works that way. If there is something about yourself and your life that you want to heal, change or understand better then you may want to do some counselling sessions to figure that out. And if it works for you then you’re better off for having done it.
How long will it take?
This is a good question to ask and a difficult one to answer. While counselling is a process which is unique to each person, it is important to recognize that you are doing this for a reason. It’s an investment in yourself and you want to make sure you spend your money wisely. I have something to offer for short-, medium- and long-term counselling. Please let me know during our session(s) what you are looking for in terms of cost and commitment.
Are you certified?
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) which means I am a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. As a member, I follow the code of ethics and professional standards of the association. I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vancouver Island University. I also have several professional trainings in different therapy modalities.
How can I pay for the sessions?
I accept cash, cheque, or credit card payments for counselling sessions. For those people who have extended health benefits, if your plan covers you for Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs) you can claim your sessions for reimbursement. I have a limited capacity to offer sliding scale fees for students. Please discuss this with me to see what is available.