The initial appointment, also referred to as the intake appointment, provides space to introduce you to the counselling process, gather necessary information from your personal history and present concern(s) and to clarify your goals for counselling. You will receive information regarding office policies and will be asked to complete form(s)/questionnaire(s).
I support clients who experience a variety of symptoms and struggles:
Many theories have influenced my style. I largely draw from humanistic, person-centered, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural theories. Understanding that everyone is different, I work with you to determine the best fit for you and your situation.
While there are times when counselling and coaching overlap, there are several subtle yet important differences. Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby offers clarification: “The objective of counselling is to help people address and resolve problems that make them feel bad emotionally, or are impairing their ability to function well” which often includes looking into the past. Coaching centers in the clients’ present with a future-focused perspective.
We have long since been aware of the health benefits of being in nature, and being in motion (see articles below). Walk and Talk is a method of therapy that combines the healing forces of nature with the benefits of physical activity and counselling. Many people enjoy being in nature and find it comforting. Others find they think and focus better when they are on the move. There are many reasons to enjoy this method of therapy, including the opportunities for mindfulness and gratitude that come with being surrounded by nature!
What if it’s supposed to rain?
If the day before, or morning of your scheduled appointment calls for rain, we will reschedule the appointment, or you could opt for an in-office session. If it begins to rain during the session, we can discuss ending the session early, continuing in the rain or moving to a more sheltered location (such as a pavilion, or the office).
What about confidentiality?
It is important to be aware that there is potential for our conversation to be overheard while we are in public. Additionally, it is possible that we will run into someone either of us knows. Prior to beginning Walk and Talk therapy, we will take some time to review a consent form tailored to this method that addresses such occurrences. This provides time for us to discuss various responses, such as limiting conversation as we pass others on the trail, or keeping some topics for in-office appointments. This is your time and it will be tailored to your wishes.
Here are several articles that discuss the benefits of Walk and Talk therapy:
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” –John Muir
My interest in personal development began in childhood and has continued into my professional life.
I desire to be an effective counsellor and work toward this through continual learning and ongoing professional training.
I am an RPC-c with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) The CPCA is dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. As such, members meet rigorous standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession before they can use the RPC (Registered Professional Counsellor) designation.
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