What type of therapy is best for me?

Choosing the best type of therapy depends on your unique needs and preferences, and the challenges you’re facing. Here at our clinic, we specialize in addressing a variety of common concerns.

Here are just a few of the key challenges we help our clients with:

1. Anxiety: Counselling can help you understand the root causes of your anxiety, develop coping strategies, and reduce symptoms.

Skylark’s Registered Clinical Counsellors specialize in techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which are particularly effective in managing anxiety.

2. Depression: We offer support for those experiencing depression through various therapeutic approaches. Our goal is to help you explore underlying issues, develop healthier thought patterns, and improve your overall mood and functioning.

3. Grief and Loss: Losing a loved one can be incredibly challenging. Our therapists provide a supportive environment to help you process your grief, navigate the stages of loss, and find ways to move forward while honoring your loved one’s memory.

4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): We use evidence-based therapies to help you manage and reduce obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, improving your daily functioning.

5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Our clinic offers specialized therapy for individuals dealing with PTSD. We utilize approaches such as trauma-focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help you process traumatic events and reduce symptoms.

During your initial consultation, we will discuss your specific concerns, goals, and preferences. Based on this assessment, we can recommend the most appropriate type of therapy for you.

Remember, the most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship, so finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is crucial. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have or to schedule an initial consultation to get started.

How do I prepare for the first session?

It isn’t necessary to prepare for your first session, because our therapist will review the counselling process with you (confidentiality, therapist background, what brings you to counselling) and address any questions you may have at that time.

If you’d like to, you can take a couple of extra steps:

  • Reflect on Your Goals: Think about why you are seeking therapy and what you hope to achieve. Consider specific issues or concerns you want to address.
  • Write Down Questions: Jot down any questions or concerns you have about the therapy process. This will ensure you don’t forget to ask them during the session.

What should I expect in the first session?

What should I expect in the first session?

1. Introduction and Rapport Building: The therapist will introduce themselves and explain their background and approach. This is an opportunity to start building a trusting relationship.

2. Confidentiality Explanation: The therapist will explain the confidentiality policy, including its limits, so you understand what information will be kept private and under what limited circumstances it might be shared.

3. Discussing Your Concerns: You’ll have the opportunity to talk about what brings you to therapy. The therapist will also ask questions to understand your concerns, history, and goals.

4. Assessment: The therapist may conduct an initial assessment to get a comprehensive understanding of your mental health. This might involve discussing your symptoms, medical history, and any relevant personal or family history.

5. Setting Goals: Together, you and the therapist can begin to outline your goals for therapy. This might include both short-term and long-term objectives.

The first session is just the beginning of your therapeutic journey.

It’s a time to get to know your therapist and start forming a connection. Don’t worry if you don’t cover everything; therapy is an ongoing process, and you will have many opportunities to discuss your concerns in future sessions.

How confidential are sessions?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship, and we take it very seriously at our clinic. Here’s what you need to know about the confidentiality of your sessions:

1. Privacy of Information

  • All information shared during your sessions is kept strictly confidential. This includes personal details, session notes, and any other related information.
  • Therapists are bound by professional ethical guidelines and legal requirements to protect your privacy.
  • We will not disclose your affiliation with our practice in any way without your written consent.

2. Confidentiality Policy

  • At the start of your therapy, your therapist will explain the confidentiality policy in detail, ensuring you understand what is protected and the rare circumstances under which information might be disclosed.

3. Limits of Confidentiality

There are specific situations where confidentiality might need to be breached for legal or safety reasons, such as a medical emergency. Other exceptions to confidentiality include:

Risk of Harm to Self or Others

If you express intent to harm yourself or others, the therapist is obligated to take necessary steps to ensure safety, which might include notifying authorities or medical professionals.

Abuse or Neglect

If there is disclosure or suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child, elder, or vulnerable adult, the therapist must report this to appropriate authorities.

Legal Requirements

If ordered by a court of law, therapists may be required to disclose certain information.

4. Record Keeping:

  • Session notes and records are kept secure and are only accessible to authorized personnel. Digital records are protected by encryption and other security measures.
  • If you wish to have your records shared with another professional (e.g., a doctor or another therapist), you will need to provide written consent.

If you have any more questions about confidentiality or other aspects of therapy at Skylark, feel free to ask us. We’re here to ensure you feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.

Are my counselling sessions covered?

Coverage for counselling sessions can vary depending on your specific benefits plan and provider. Here’s what you need to know about coverage for counselling sessions in British Columbia, Canada.

1. Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits

  • Many employer-sponsored health insurance plans in British Columbia include coverage for counselling services. Check with your HR department or benefits administrator to understand the specifics of your coverage.

2. Extended Health Benefits

  • If you have extended health benefits through a private insurance company, these plans often cover counselling services provided by registered clinical counsellors (RCC).
  • Review your policy or contact your insurance provider to verify the extent of your coverage.

3. Student Health Plans

  • If you are a student, many post-secondary institutions offer health plans that include mental health services. Check with your student services office to see if counselling is covered and how to access these benefits.

4. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Some employers offer Employee Assistance Programs, which provide short-term counselling services at no cost to the employee. EAP services are typically confidential and can be a good resource for immediate support.

Contact your insurance provider to ask about coverage for counselling services. Be sure to ask about the specific credentials required for coverage (e.g., registered clinical counsellor, psychologist, social worker).

If you’re a survivor of crime, you may qualify for CVAP counselling.
Follow link for details or enquire with our therapists for further support:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/bcs-criminal-justice-system/if-you-are-a-victim-of-a-crime/victim-of-crime/cvap-forms

If you’ve had an ICBC claim in the last 12 weeks, you may qualify for counselling coverage for up to 12 sessions. See here for details:

https://www.icbc.com/partners/health-services/Pages/Clinical-counsellors.aspx

What is your cancellation policy?

To allow for other clients to schedule into our busy time slots, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible when you are unable to make a session. We offer online/phone counselling should you prefer or be unable to attend session in person. If you are unable to make an appointment within 48 hours notice, the full session fee will be charged to ensure fairness for you, your therapist, and other clients.

I still don’t know if counselling is right for me.

It’s normal to have doubts or uncertainties about whether counselling is right for you. Here are some considerations to help you decide:

1. Understanding Your Needs

  • Reflect on your current challenges and how they are impacting your life. Are you experiencing significant stress, anxiety, depression, or other emotional difficulties?

2. Common Reasons People Seek Counselling

  • Emotional Distress
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • Trauma

3. Benefits of Counselling

  • Support and Understanding
  • Coping Strategies
  • Personal Insight
  • Problem-Solving Skills

Also keep in mind you don’t have to commit to long-term therapy right away. Trying a few sessions can help you determine if it’s helpful for you.

What are the differences between a Registered Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Registered Psychologist, Psychiatrist, life coach, and therapist?

A Registered Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist typically holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, or a related field. They are certified by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

A Registered Psychologist requires a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology, and registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC).

A psychiatrist is medical doctor (M.D.) with specialized training in psychiatry.
They are licensed to practice medicine and psychiatry by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

Education and training for life coaches varies widely; some may have certification from coaching programs, but formal education requirements are not standardized. There is no formal regulatory body for life coaches.

The term “therapist” is a broad one that can include various professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers. Their licensing requirements depend on the specific qualifications and credentials of the individual.

Their scope of practice is generally to provides talk therapy using evidence-based techniques to help clients with emotional, mental, and behavioral issues.

Are you a health professional referring a client?

Give us a call at 778-899-3802 and we would be happy to send you a referral form and guide you through the referral process.

If you have any further questions, please reach out and one of our counsellors to get back to you promptly.

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