Common Questions

What is the purpose and nature of counselling?

When people engage in counselling, they are often ready for change in some aspect of their life. Counselling can lead to improved mental health, diminish distressing symptoms, increase wellbeing, understanding, self-awareness and overall wholeness. Also, counselling therapy helps you process and integrate painful emotions and experiences. It can  improve your relationships with others, yourself, and the world around you. In order to receive such benefits, it is important that you work alongside your counsellor. Being active in your counselling experience, which does commitment and engagement. 

 

How often should meet with my counsellor?

Because everyone has different needs and factors to consider when deciding how often to meet with a counsellor, there is no set or “right” answer to this question.  Most people will choose to attend counselling on a weekly or bi-weekly basis at first, and with time diminish the frequency of visits until they feel they have reached their needs with the counselling process. Like all aspects of her work, Rebeca approaches arranging the frequency of sessions in a collaborative way that suits the client’s life, counselling goals, finances, and other commitments.

Are there risks?

Counselling presents both benefits and risks. Counselling tends to bring up uncomfortable feelings, intense emotions, and difficult memories, people sometimes can feel worse before they begin to feel better. Some find that, as they experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving, relationships with others are altered or disrupted. You are encouraged to share any feelings of fear, concern or doubt about the counselling process with Rebeca at any time during your sessions.

What are the confidentiality limits?
All information you share with your counsellor is strictly confidential and will not be released without your voluntary and written consent. As part of routine practice, Rebeca may, on occasion, consult a clinical supervisor on your case (with your permission) in order to provide you with the best care. Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained and your name will not be used. There are limitations to the confidentiality described above and these include:

– Reporting of suspected child and/or vulnerable adult abuse or neglect

– Responding to a threat of harm to self or others
– Complying with a subpoena or court order

Can I connect with my counsellor on social media?

BCACC recommends that counsellors have clear social media guidelines in order to respect clients’ confidentiality, the professional relationship, and healthy boundaries. Therefor, Rebeca can't accept “friend” requests from current or former clients on personal networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Please do not take this personally. It is her priority to protect your confidentiality and our healthy therapeutic relationship. Also, if you send her a message in these platforms, she will not respond to them. Please contact Rebeca only though phone or email.  Also, she will not casually view her clients’ online. If you have any questions about this policy, don’t hesitate to discus them with Rebeca.

 

Can you do Telehealth counselling?

Yes. Rebeca offers online Telehealth counselling. This is a great option for folks who cannot attend in-person sessions during COVID-19, and also a preferred form of therapy to those who don't live in the Comox Valley.  Rebeca often has clients from different cities, provinces, and countries who engage in telehealth counselling, it can be just as effective and helpful as an in-person session from the comfort of your home. 

 

How to Book a Free Consultation

Rebeca offers a free 15 minute initial phone consultation so that we can discuss your needs for counselling. This allows you to ask questions, learn about her approach, and decide if she a good fit for you. It also allows her to ensure that she is able to support your needs. To book a 20-minutes free consultation call, text, or contact her here!