Counselling, or psychotherapy, is the process of working with a client(s) to make improvement(s). Richard Corradio explains that psychotherapy "helps patients understand themselves and their experience so that they can take control of their lives." While Jacqueline A. Sparks comments that counselling is "A relational engagement with clients to resolve their difficulties." The good news is that there are always answers; they just take time and effort to find and use them.
Sessions usually occur weekly until the chosen goal has been met, but this is a decision made by the client in consultation with the therapist. Reaching a goal can take any number of sessions, but 5 to 20 is typical.
The regular session rate is $100 (by cash, cheque, or credit card). If this fee is sincerely a burden, we can discuss sliding the scale to something acceptable to both parties. Counselling is a helping profession concerned with the good of others. Still there are good practical and therapeutic reasons to pay for the service. Missed appointments, not cancelled with at least 24 hours notice, can be charged to a client's account.
Once you feel comfortable enough with the practice and have decided to move forward, make contact to talk about booking. In this communication it will be helpful to understand what the presenting issue(s) or topic(s) will be.
LOCATION: Usually counselling takes place at the office but there may be good reasons to be off-site.
TIME: As a limited practice, counselling sessions are usually only booked in the late afternoon and evening of weekdays or Saturday mornings. Regular sessions are 50 minutes long.
It can make the time more productive to have this document completed and returned electronically or at least brought to the first session. It provides helpful information both to the client and to the therapist.