"Above any counselling technique, the client-counsellor relationship and the client's personal resources and supports outside the room, is of the upmost therapeutic importance" Tara
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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.
When you come for counselling you will enter into a professional helping relationship with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). An RCC is a dedicated professional who has met rigorous, academic Masters-level training, has clinical experience and supervision requirements that are part of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) membership criteria.
All RCCs must pass a Criminal Record Check and carry professional liability insurance. RCCs are held accountable to their clients through the BCACC's code of Ethical Conduct, Standards of Clinical practice, and its complaints, investigation and disciplinary procedures.
Clients have the right to participate in the ongoing counselling plans, to refuse recommended services and to be advised of any of the consequesnces of the refusal. Clients have a right to access their counselling records. Tara has specific policies around accessing minor records when parents/caregiver are going through a divorce and may be wanting to supeana these records (This is outlined in the Informed Consent Form). Disclosure to third parties about client information only occurs with the written consent of the client, or when required by law.
Clients are responsibile 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.
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.
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, behaviors 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. Our counselling relationship can provide that safe place to share stories of pain, failure, or discouragement and where those stories can transform into narratives of healing, joy, success, hope and encouragement.