1. What to Expect from Your First Session?

For therapy to work, clients must feel heard by the therapist. Clients should feel comfortable and safe, and never feel a judgement or negative reaction.

I bring an interpersonal perspective to my counseling. Simply put, I believe in engaging in a real conversation with you. This conversation allows me to discover what obstacles you are facing, and to understand what it is like to be you. Together we explore:

  • what are your important relationships
  • what is causing you distress
  • what do you wish for

My goal is that you leave your first session with the following:

  • feelings of being heard and understood
  • hopefulness and optimism
  • tools for moving forward

2. How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is unique, so it is hard to give a specific answer. I am a solution focused counsellor; my counselling methods are designed to be short term. It has been my experience that many clients have achieved their goals in 4 to 6 sessions, others have required a few more sessions to feel secure with their ability to move forward. When you start to feel in control of your life, we will begin to see each other less often, until it is time to say goodbye. Clients can always return, even years later, for a 'tune up' to help them get back on track.

3. What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)?

The British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) grants the use of the title Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) to persons who have met the highest standards of educational requirements and supervised clinical experience. Basically, when you see that a counselor has the RCC designation, you are assured that they:

  • hold a Masters or PhD in Counselling, Psychology or Social Work
  • have completed a supervised clinical internship
  • are required to receive ongoing education and supervision
  • are held accountable to the ethical standards of their association for client care and professional development
  • will be investigated by the BCACC should complaints be registered and if needed receive disciplinary action

4. Does insurance cover my counselling fees?

RCC's are recognized by many employee extended health benefit plans. The administrator of your benefit plan at your workplace, or your insurance provider can help you with this. If you find that RCC's are not included in your plan, it is often easy to make a small adjustment in your plan (at no additional cost to your employer) to include RCC's services. I can provide you with a sample letter that you can use to make this request. Often that is all that is needed.

Download the PDF Sample Letter

5. What do you clients say about working with you?

My clients have left the following statements after participating in counselling sessions and/or workshops with me:

"Dianne really understood me and helped me believe in myself again."
"Dianne was caring, I could always count on her smiling face to greet me."
"Dianne was professional and knowledgeable and gave me real tools to use."
"Dianne's encouragement helped me when I felt it was too hard to press on."