Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling

Counselling is a process that can help you explore your problems in a safe and supportive environment. People often seek therapy when they want to change something in their lives or simply unpack and explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. Counselling is tailored to the unique needs and values of each individual.

Telephone counselling is also available. The session structure is the same as in person counselling and is available for clients with time constraints or difficulty travelling to the office. Some people also prefer the convenience of their own home.

Please see below for areas of practice and self-help book recommendations. Keep in mind that you don’t need to be struggling with a major problem or issue to seek counselling.

Areas of Practice

Anxiety
Self-Esteem
Relationship Problems
Depression
Trauma
Stress Management
Perfectionism
Body Image Issues
Communication Issues
Life & Career Transitions
Personal Growth
Anger Management
Multicultural Concerns
Work Life Balance
Workplace Issues
Separation
Grief & Loss

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease normally about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as muscle tension, nausea, dizziness and other symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the leading form of therapy for anxiety.

In counselling, you can learn to identify your anxiety triggers and the underlying thinking patterns that may be at the root of your struggles. Clients often learn effective coping strategies and skills to help manage and reduce their anxiety. Common forms of anxiety and symptoms that are often addressed in counselling are listed below:

Generalized anxiety
Social anxiety
Panic attacks
Excessive worry & rumination
Perfectionism
Fear & self-doubt
Catastrophizing
Procrastination
Obsessive thinking
Irrational fears
Difficulty making decisions

Book Recommendations:

Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety – by John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life – by David D. Burns
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook – by Edmund J. Bourne


Depression

Depression is often characterized by a variety of symptoms including persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, decreased energy, and reduced motivation. Depression can often lead to impaired performance at work, school and in social situations. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the leading form of therapy for depression.

Counselling can help you build awareness of the root causes of your depression and learn tools and strategies to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life. Common symptoms and signs of depression that are often addressed in therapy are included below:

Irritability & anger
Persistent sad feelings
Withdrawal or isolation
Distorted thinking patterns
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Low self esteem
Loss of interest in activities
Appetite or weight changes

Book Recommendations:

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think – by Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky
The Feeling Good Handbook: The New Mood Therapy – by David D. Burns


Self-Esteem

Our self-esteem evolves throughout our lives and refers to the confidence one has in their own worth or abilities. Our past experiences can have a large impact on our sense of self-worth. Other factors that can significantly impact self-esteem include: family dynamics, cultural factors, negative thinking patterns and perceived successes or failures.

In counselling, you can begin to explore your thoughts, feelings and core beliefs that may be contributing to low self-esteem. Therapy is safe space where you can begin to challenge self-limiting thoughts and move towards greater self-acceptance. Common self-esteem issues that are often addressed in counselling are listed below:

Self-critical thinking
External sense of self-esteem
Lack of healthy boundaries
Anxiety & self-doubt
Symptoms of depression
Fear of failure
Social isolation
Negative social comparison
Personal growth

Book Recommendations:

Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving & Maintaining Your Self-Esteem – by Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurities Behind – by Kristen Neff
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – by Brené Brown


Relationship Counselling

Our relationships with family members, friends and significant others have a large impact on our overall wellbeing. Our relationships influence all aspects of our lives including stress levels, sleep hygiene, lifestyle habits and more.

Therapy is safe place where you can share your relationship struggles and begin to move towards your interpersonal goals. In counselling, clients often learn coping strategies and tools that are specifically tailored to their unique situation. Common relationships issues addressed in therapy are listed below:

Dating issues
Unhealthy relationship patterns
Lack of healthy boundaries
Trust issues
Anger
Emotion regulation
Interpersonal conflict
Unhealthy coping strategies
Ineffective communication

Book Recommendations:

The Five Love Languages – by Gary Chapman
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – by Sue Johnson
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love – by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller

The information provided on this website are for educational purposes only and do not replace individual counselling or advise from your medical doctor. Further, they are not intended for those experiencing symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, for which emergency help should be sought.

Counselling Burnaby Vancouver, Via Counselling & Consulting. Burnaby Counsellor Shari Wood, M.Ed., R.C.C. dedicated to helping clients begin their personal therapeutic journey. A Clinical Counsellor, specializing in helping people overcome self-doubt and build healthy relationships.