What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity for a person, couple or family to talk to a professionally trained therapist about the difficulties they are experiencing. These discussions occur in the context of a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic environment and are typically focused on thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The counsellor’s role is to listen attentively and to offer support, advice and new perspectives on the issue.
Common reasons why people seek counselling:
- Self esteem and feelings of unworthiness/inadequacy
- Body image concerns
- Emotional impact of health issues
- Depression, chronic feelings of sadness, guilt or shame
- Anxiety and the tendency to overthink
- Difficulty managing stress or emotions
- Grief and loss
- Issues pertaining to gender and sexual identity
- Dealing with past or current trauma
- Life transitions (shifts in career, relationships)
- Relationship difficulties
- Challenges of parenthood
- Difficulties with addiction (substances, gambling, or sex addiction)
What can I expect when I see Jessica for counselling?
“As a Trauma Therapist, trust is a huge piece of successful therapy. When you first meet me, you’ll notice I’m pretty relaxed and right to the point. I offer free 15-minute Meet and Greets to ensure that the fit feels right for you. I may not be your therapist, and thats OK! If I am, great!
I’ll share with you what trauma therapy is and ask what brought you to therapy. After you share some details about you, I will give you some extra things to consider before booking.
Sessions are very focused and based in exposure therapy, meaning that I will ask you to go into detail about your traumatic experience. This may involve childhood emotional, physical, spiritual and sexual abuse, neglect or drug/alcohol dependence. If reading that made you scared, know that it is OK that you feel that way. That is your nervous system kicking in (my favourite part of the body!).
Because trauma is extremely complex, I provide psycho-education throughout the sessions when relevant. Often times, it is about the nervous system. I believe that part of healing, is knowledge. There are studies that have found that If you can understand why something happens, you are less likely to be afraid of it. The more you talk about something, the more desensitized to it you become.
If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to meet you in person. If you’d like to learn more you can visit my website at www.alongsidetrauma.ca“