What can I expect from Bliss Therapeutic Services?

What is therapy or counselling?

According to the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors, “clinical counselling is the use of clinical mental health counselling values, principles and methods for the purpose of assisting clients to understand their issues and concerns in order to enhance self-growth, personal effectiveness, interpersonal relations, life adjustments, spiritual growth, and mental health. This may involve developing insight into, and/or learning to prevent and/or eliminate maladaptive behavior or symptoms, in addition to the enhancement and strengthening of health coping styles and functional relationships with self and others.”

How might counselling help me?

A Registered Clinical Counsellor can help you get a better understanding of your issues and concerns in order to enhance your self-growth, personal effectiveness, relationships, and your general mental health and well-being. This will be done through assessment, prevention, and treatment/intervention.

Therapy is not about getting “fixed”, rather it is a collaborative partnership between therapist and client where we work towards greater understanding, awareness, and change.

The Counselling Process

Initial Call

Congratulations – You’ve made the first step in reaching out. I will answer all of your questions to the best of my ability, including those about session times, fees, benefit coverage, experience with your particular concern, and available community resources. From there you can choose to schedule a Consultation or Intake Session or nothing at all.

Consultation (if so desired)

A 15-30 minute meeting either via phone or in person where you have the opportunity to get to know mw and my style to see if I am the right fit for you. And while it isn’t a counselling session you have a chance to ask any questions you may have about me, the counselling process, my familiarity with your concerns, or my ideas around how I can help you.

First Session – Intake Session

The Intake Session has the most structure and involves a few key areas:

  • Gathering information about what brought you to seek out counselling at this moment in time.
  • Assessing your concerns and their impact on your life.
  • Creating goals of change or things that you would like to be different when counselling is complete.
  • Paperwork, including consent and confidentiality.


Future Sessions

Subsequent therapy sessions involve processing the concerns that brought you to counselling as well as providing tools and strategies to help you implement the changes in your life.

Effective treatment of many problems and issues cannot be solved overnight, but nor should they drag on for years. Together we can make a plan to get you moving forward in a timely fashion so that you can get back to living your best life possible.

Follow-Up

Sometimes it’s nice to come back in for a refresher session or a tune-up. I also welcome phone calls and emails after counselling is complete or even in between sessions.