Is counselling right for me?
If you are already on this site, counselling may be right for you. The first step is recognizing that you want to and may need to talk to someone about your challenges. It’s okay if you’re not ready to talk about all the details of your stressors; I am here to work with you in your comfort zone.
Counselling is an opportunity for you to talk to someone who is neutral and unbiased towards your experiences and personal history. Counselling provides you with a chance to learn more about yourself and build skills of resilience, among many other skills, to work through your stressors in the present and armour yourself with the ability to deal with challenges when they appear in the future.
What can I expect from counselling?
Start off with an introductory consultation where we can discuss what is causing you distress and learn more about each other to see if there is a good fit. From there, you can decide to schedule your first session.
During the first session we will review confidentiality and consent for services and your expectations of counselling. We will take the first session to talk about your personal history and experiences so that I may better understand your current challenges. Our time together thereafter will be focused on working through your stressors and finding different ways to address them.
How is my information kept confidential?
All forms of communication is private between you and the counsellor. As a Counsellor, I am bound by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Specific confidentiality measures regarding the safeguard of documents are explained in further details in the consent agreement.
Is counselling covered under health benefits?
Lindsey Thomson, Certified Canadian Counsellor, is currently under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Saxe, Clinical Psychologist. Therefore, Resiliency Counselling and Psychotherapy services is reimbursable by most third-party health insurance providers. Check with your employer or health insurance provider to be sure before the first counselling session. It is also important to note that some health insurance providers require a referral from a doctor. Counselling and psychological services are not covered by OHIP.