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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need counselling? Why would I need counselling?

Many clients seek counselling when they want extra support during major life transitions and challenges or when they are in emotional distress. Many others seek counselling as a part of their normal self-care routine and look at it as preventative maintenance or a way to achieve personal growth and maintain health and wellness.

What are the benefits of counselling?

An opportunity for you to explore any situations, relationships, behaviours, thoughts or feelings that may be causing difficulty in your life.
A source of comfort and support during a crisis or a challenging or difficult time.
A space to gain deeper awareness and insight into yourself and others. 
Better ways of understanding and coping with problems or challenges. 
Better communication and functioning in relationships. 

What are the risks of counselling?

Temporary emotional discomfort due to close examination of difficult topics. 
Emotional or physical fatigue immediately after a session. It may help to schedule some time after a session to process what was discussed. 
Changes in relationship patterns with those close to you, which may need a time of adjustment before things improve.

What should I look for in a counsellor?

Graduate level education from an accredited university or college 
Registration and/or certification with a professional association to ensure adherence to a professional code of ethics.
Experience in the specific type of counselling/issues that you are interested in. 
Participation in ongoing professional development (i.e., workshops, training, supervision) 
A 'good fit' and personality that you feel comfortable with. 
Membership in professional organizations that provide in-depth education and training. 
Wolf Urban Ltd is a member of the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC)

What should I expect in the first session?

In the first session you will meet with your counsellor, spend time getting to know one another to determine if there is a 'good fit' for each of you. Your counsellor will also want to know more about the issues that bring you to counselling, about your history and about your goals for counselling (initial assessment). Together you will make a plan for future counselling sessions.

How many sessions will I need?

Most clients have anywhere from 4 to 20 sessions, depending on what concerns are brought up. Some clients prefer a more in-depth exploration of their issues or concerns and attend counselling for longer periods of time but many clients gain considerable satisfaction after only 4 to 6 sessions. Your counsellor will give you an idea of how many sessions you might need by the end of your first session. Once the initial set of planned counselling sessions is complete, many clients return in the future for occasional 'booster' sessions or when other concerns arise.

How often will I be expected to come in for sessions?

You can decide what feels right for you but most clients come in once a week or once every two weeks especially at the beginning. Over time sessions are tapered off until they are no longer required. Whether you choose to come in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, attending sessions on a consistent basis provides the best results because it keeps you on track and motivated. Advance booking of appointments is available if you wish to reserve a preferred day or time.