Counselling can assist you with a wide variety of mental health and emotional challenges.
Counselling can help eliminate or manage troubling symptoms so you can function better, increase your well-being, and recover.
Problems helped by counselling include difficulties in coping with daily life, the impact of trauma, medical illness, or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. There are several different types of counselling, and some types may work better with specific problems or issues. Counselling may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.
Counselling can be conducted with individuals, families, couples, or groups, and can help both children and adults. Sessions are typically held once a week for about 50-60 minutes.
Both the client and counsellor need to be actively involved in the counselling process for the best outcomes. The trust and working relationship between a client and their therapist are essential for counselling to be effective and beneficial.
counselling can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and how often they meet is planned jointly by both the client and therapist.
Confidentiality is a fundamental requirement of counselling. Clients share personal feelings and thoughts in a safe environment.
Below are seven key findings in over ninety studies of counselling demonstrating the importance of the qualities of counsellors:
Registered Professional Counsellor— Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
Professional Member— Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Life Skills Counselling Certificate
Disaster Mental Health Counsellor (DMHC) Credential
Counselling Practitioner Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate
Certified Mindfulness Practitioner
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology— York University, Toronto, Canada
Bachelor of Science in Psychology— University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Associate Certified Coach— International Coaching Federation
Life Coach Certificate
Life Transition Coaching
Disaster Mental Health Counsellor
Have a safe and private place to talk about sensitive personal issues.
Better understand mental health symptoms and diagnosis.
Become informed about additional effective treatment options.
Reduce or eliminate the impacts of depression and anxiety.
Reduce and manage negative or destructive thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Understand and process effects of traumatic events.
Work through addiction issues and reduce or eliminate drugs, tobacco and alcohol use.
Reduce impulses and actions of self-harm or aggression.
Plan for crises to ensure safety and reduce risk of harm.
Learn effective coping skills to manage difficult situations.
Improve sleep, nutrition and physical activity patterns.
Establish new healthy and supportive behaviors and habits.
Have more satisfying relationships at home, school or work by understanding yourself better.
Learn to be more mindful, less stressed and more relaxed.
Become more confident and at ease in social situations.
Understand personal values and how to live in accord with them.
Learn about self-help and community resources and supports.
Become an empathetic and supportive caregiver or advocate for others.
Improve overall physical and mental health and wellness.
Research shows that most people who receive counselling experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives. About 75 percent of people who enter counselling show some benefit from it (American Psychological Association (2016). counselling has been shown to improve emotions and behaviors and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The benefits also include fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems, and increased work satisfaction.
With the use of brain imaging techniques, researchers have been able to see changes in the brain after a person has undergone counselling. Numerous studies have identified brain changes in people with mental illness (including depression, panic disorder, PTSD, and other conditions) as a result of undergoing counselling. In most cases, the brain changes resulting from counselling were similar to changes resulting from medication (Karlsson, 2011).
To help get the most out of counselling, approach the therapy as a collaborative effort, be open and honest, and follow your agreed-upon plan for treatment. The more the client engages in the counselling process, the more likely there will be positive outcomes.
Work on areas of yourself and your life that you don't find satisfying.
Move beyond remembering and understanding to applying learnings in a safe space.
Practice what you learn through counselling and change at a deeper level.
Develop skills for improving relationships.
Counselling is a safe space to work through sensitive issues that help you gain perspective.
Once you are comfortable with your new abilities, you can begin to use them in your life to achieve lasting positive change in your life.
Work with your counsellor to change in the ways you believe are best for you.
Your growing self-awareness will boost your confidence and set you up for future success.
Become aware of your blind spots and mental health issues.
The process of building personal awareness will empower you to make powerful and lasting positive life changes.
Counselling gives you unique and insightful one-on-one feedback, along with lots of support and encouragement.
Gain a clearer understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values.
Create a new way of looking at challenging issues and move towards effective solutions.
Don't let life stand in the way of your personal goals, well-being, and transformation.
Access your life coaching or counselling session wherever you are.
Connect and attend your sessions, whether you live in a city, are traveling, or reside in a remote community.
Eliminate travel time and reduce wait times to get the care and support you need.
American Psychological Association (2016). Understanding psychotherapy and how it works.
Karlsson, H. (2011). How Psychotherapy changes the Brain. Psychiatric Times.
Wiswede D, et al. (2014). Tracking Functional Brain Changes in Patients with Depression under Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Using Individualized Stimuli. PLoS ONE.