People seek counselling for different reasons and at different times in life. Sometimes individuals seek counselling when they are experiencing a crisis. Others seek counselling to move past ongoing issues that are holding them back in their life. Yet, regardless of where you are, counselling can offer possibilities for new ways of being and living, that closer resembles the real you.
What To Expect
When you come for therapy, you will enter into a professional helping relationship with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), or Registered Social Worker (RSW). These are dedicated professionals who have met rigorous, academic masters-level training, have clinical experience and supervision requirements that are part of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) membership criteria, or the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW).
All RCCs and RSWs must pass a Police Record Check and carry professional liability insurance. RCCs and RSWs are held accountable to their clients through their colleges code of ethical conduct, standards of clinical practice and its complaints and investigation and disciplinary procedures.
Rights and Responsibilities
Clients have the right to participate in the ongoing counselling plans, to refuse recommended services and to be advised of any of the consequences of the refusal. Clients have a right to access their counselling records. These rights extend to minor clients as well. Kindred Counselling has specific policies around accessing minor records when parents/guardians are going through a divorce and may be wanting to subpoena these records (This is outlined in the Informed Consent Form). Disclosure to third parties about minor client information only occurs with the written consent of the minor client, or when required by law.
Clients are responsible for coming to their scheduled session on time as we cannot extend the appointment due to tardiness. Clients must inform themselves of Kindred Counselling policies outlined on the website. Clients are responsible to read and understand all forms related to their counselling before signing them.
The Risks of Counselling
It is important to know that there are risks to engaging in counselling as it can elicit strong emotions which may temporarily upset you or disrupt your regular daily routine. This happens as you address and process thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to the issues that bring you into counselling, or newly discovered insights during the process. It is very important to keep this in mind and allow time to adjust or accommodate these changes.
Extra self-care at this time is important. You may also notice some people in your life may not react the way you expected them to regarding you making positive changes, it will be important to surround yourself with a genuine support system.
The Benefits of Counselling
Counselling offers many benefits and can help you restore or grow the relationship with yourself and other important people in your life. You can learn to overcome debilitating moods, behaviours or thoughts that seem out of control, or confusing, and help you learn new coping skills.
Counselling can help you turn life transitions into new opportunities for growth and help you find meaning, balance, wellbeing and purpose in life. The client-counsellor relationship can provide that safe place to share stories of pain, or discouragement and where those stories can transform into narratives of healing, joy, success, hope and encouragement.
Kindred Counselling is located at:
Boundary View Plaza
The Enterprise Centre, Suite 201 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby, BC