Online Counselling in Burnaby, BC

Online counselling can bring the convention of talk therapy to your home space, work space, while on vacation, or on-the-go. Virtual therapy is a unique experience in that you can have the opportunity to practice some therapy exercises such as exposure with your counsellor *virtually* at your side.

Online therapy can be helpful for people who have mobility concerns, tight schedules or irregular transportation. If you work from home or have a private space where you can engage in counselling therapy, video counselling might be a good option for you. Virtual counselling can also help with the treatment of anxiety with agoraphobia- with the end goal being that you feel comfortable to eventually can meet in person.

Some issues we can explore with video counselling include:

  • anxiety
  • depression and mood regulation
  • relationships
  • stress management
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • motivation and goal setting
  • grief and loss

Video therapy might not be suitable for individuals who are experiencing acute trauma, active suicidal ideation, or who have serious mental health concerns (such as active psychosis) and severe relationship issues (for online couples therapy). Should a concern about the suitability for online counselling arise, you will be provided with referrals for in-person therapy.

Privacy & Confidentiality

A major component of online counselling is privacy. To protect your confidentiality, online sessions will be conducted in a private space (either at my work office or home office) so that your session cannot be overheard. You can also protect your privacy by wearing headphones, notifying others that you will be unavailable during your counselling session, and having music play outside of our room to prevent others from overhearing your video session. Read this blog for more tips on preparing for your virtual session.

Online Counselling Tools

Because online therapy is an individualized process, the strategies I use in online counselling will vary, and can include worksheets, conversation topics, educational information and exercises to practice in session and outside of session. You can read more about my personal philosophy of counselling by clicking here.

I regularly welcome feedback in session and encourage clients to reflect on their personal process and the therapeutic relationship, even in an online counselling relationship.

How counselling can help you:

- Get relief from symptoms. By learning specific behaviours and engaging in self-reflection, you will reduce your overall level of stress, improve your self-awareness and increase your sense of wellbeing.

- Expand self-knowledge. Understanding your core values and personal beliefs about yourself, others and the world around you will help increase your personal awareness and leads to a shift in your perspective. This can result in positive changes in your orientation to the world and in relationships with others.

- Increase your coping skills. Coping skills are strategies you can rely on for effective self-soothing during times of stress, emotional pain, overwhelm and anger. Throughout counselling you will learn how to evaluate your current strategies and increase the tools in your self-care toolbox.

- Learn about your "growing edges." Counselling can help you learn how to reframe perceived failures as opportunities for insight and growth along your path to success.

- Get motivated and meet your goals! Therapy is a great way to introduce accountability in meeting your personal and professional goals. Learn tips to motivate yourself on difficult days and strategies to navigate challenges with self-compassion.

Interested in online counselling?

Book your online counselling appointment today.