HOW I CAN HELP
An Overview of Counselling
I help couples get back on track, learn new relationship & communication skills and develop the necessary awareness to create long-term successful relationships. Here’s how the process works.
We start with an exploration of yourself, your partner, your relationship and your life. Learning and growing requires that you try new things and reflect on new information. This exploration takes courage and commitment. It also requires an atmosphere of safety, trust and mutual respect. It’s my job to create a safe place for you and your partner in this process of discovery.
Get back on track
Many people believe that marriages fail due to factors such as dishonesty, affairs, conflict, etc. Not true. Most marriages fail due to inattentiveness, that is, the relationship is lost over time to other priorities – children, work, hobbies, house, etc.
The couple connection or bond typically comes last and gets whatever energy and time is left over, which is usually not much.
At this stage, couples begin the process of re-connecting. Often this involves “clearing the air” and dealing with long standing unresolved issues and concerns.
How often do you wish that your partner were different? Do you ever wonder if you’ve married the “wrong” person? What subtle and not so subtle ways do you try to control your partner? What tactics do you use to get them to do what you want or stop doing what you don’t...read more
A wonderful relationship in your future?
Lasting change depends on how well couples integrate healthy relationship habits and rituals into their everyday lives. Equally important is making your relationship a priority.
I design a customized “relationship road map” for each couple depending on their situation, needs and circumstances. My process is always intended to enhance self-knowledge, communication, conflict resolution and relationship skills.
I’m practical – you get a customized program (based upon your initial assessment), customized homework, email correspondence/feedback and reading assignments. Individual sessions are typically booked for 1 hour and couples sessions 1.5 hours.
Phone counselling alternative to in-office therapy
Unlike other forms of counseling, telephone counseling is potentially free of certain constraining factors that affect traditional therapy, including geography, time duration, and cost, making this form of counseling more accessible for a number of people who would be unable to attend traditional psychotherapy.
It also provides a degree of anonymity that is comforting to some callers, reducing the intimidation that some people may feel at the prospect of seeking treatment with a traditional in-person therapist and encouraging disclosure. Also research shows telephone counseling to have better results among patients with depression.
Being physically present with a counsellor may help you feel more connected to them; the phone may contribute to “distance” in the therapeutic relationship.
Some people feel safer letting themselves become emotional in the physical presence of another person. Location of client’s day-to-day life may interfere with the ability to focus during the session.
Phone counseling is not appropriate for people who are homicidal, suicidal, self injuring, or requiring more care than one session per week.
New Client Information
New Client Intake Forms
Please download and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to our first meeting or phone call.
Please also complete the Couples Questionnaire
NOTE: I ask that you do not talk about the questionnaires prior to our first meeting.
Services & Fees
In-office and phone / video counselling
(75 minutes) $200.00 +GST
$225.00/hr. Specially priced counselling packages are available.
Many insurance companies provide coverage for Registered Social Workers.
To start working with Sig, call our office or send an email to book your initial consultation.