Counselling is a kind of talking therapy which allows a person to discuss and talk about their problems and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. It is a facilitative process where a trained therapist provides you the opportunity to talk about issues affecting your life and help you come to terms with your own thoughts and emotions.
Counselling help you make connections between past events and present behavior patterns. It helps you to understand who you are, become unstuck, realize your true potential and make important changes in life.
While counselling can be very effective for certain emotional and mental health problems it is not an easy decision to consider seeking counselling. There is still a stigma attached to the issue and as a result of this it may be a scary thought for someone with all sorts of associated fears and anxieties. You may worry how your colleagues, friends or family will react? Or will they be judgmental. It can equate to admitting that your own efforts to resolve your issues have failed.
People going to a see a counsellor for the first time may have different kinds of questions in their mind:
- Will the counsellor like me?
- Will the therapist trust me?
- Is he/she going to laugh at me or think I am stupid?
- Are my problems too complicated compared to what the counsellors generally see?
- Should I tell him that?
- Will he/she be offended if I use bad language?
At The Family Enhancement Centre we want to assure you that our only objective is to provide therapy and focus on ways that might be of help to you. There is no need for embarrassment or shame as we have helped many people with complicated issues and you will not be judged in anyway.
All our therapists are professionally trained, experienced and registered with their appropriate regulatory boards and may be covered under some extended health care benefits. The team include registered social workers, marriage counsellors, Christian counsellors, youth counsellors and play therapists.
We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. Our therapists are there to support you and respect your views. They will not usually give advice, but will help you in identifying your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
Counselling can help you:
- Cope with the death of a loved one or a relationship breakdown
- Cope with redundancy or work-related stress
- Explore issues such as sexual identity and preferences
- Resolve issues related to denial, guilt and shame
- Deal with issues preventing you realise your true potential and achieve goals
- Deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook towards life
- Deal with feelings of anxiety and depression
- Understand yourself and your problems better
- Feel more confident and develop resources to navigate through difficult times
What might you expect for from counselling in general?
Counselling is a professional service which is regulated and bound by the ethics of professional associations, to ensure that it is indeed ethically appropriate. If you are not satisfied with any aspect of counselling you have the right to complain and discuss it with your therapist. Such complaints are taken very seriously by all of our therapists.
There are many rules and boundaries set by professional associations that the counsellors must follow. Your basic rights when you go for counselling include:
- Be seen in a private area where your conversation is not overheard
- Be treated with respect, common courtesy, a non-judgmental approach and controlled emotional involvement.
- You should not be shouted at, or ridiculed
- You should be listened to intensely
- Be allowed to request to see any notes that are taken
- Be entitled to confidentiality and have any limits to that confidentiality properly explained
- Ask about counsellor’s therapy approach, experience and qualifications
- Know that you can walk out if you are not satisfied or unhappy
- Discontinue sessions if you do not see any progress
- Be furnished with a receipt
The Family Enhancement Centre is a full service counselling provider with centers in Brampton, Mississauga, Niagara Falls and Orangeville. Our therapists are skilled in providing counselling for marital issues, family conflicts, communication difficulties, youth issues, play therapy, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management and co-parenting.
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