V A L I D I T Y
Can I choose my own counsellor?
All counsellors have their own area of expertise, which includes which issues they are trained and comfortable working with, and which age group they are comfortable working with. Not all of our counsellors see children, families, or couples. We encourage you to read our counsellor's bio to find a counsellor who's skills and perspective closely match your needs. Our receptionist is able to assist you with a good match if you are unsure.
Can I change counsellors?
We encourage you to find a counsellor who is a good fit for you, just as we encourage counsellors to refer to another counsellor if someone else would be a better match. You can make the decision to switch counsellors with your counsellor, or you can call reception and request a change.
Can you counsel someone who doesn't want to be counselled?
Counselling is a contract between a counsellor and a client who agree to work together to reach the client's goals. We cannot contract with someone who does not identify a goal or see purpose in the counselling process . Sometimes a spouse, child, adolescent, or employee, is coerced into counselling against their will. In these situations, we will meet with the person to see if we can engage them in the process so that a goal can be identified for treatment. After a reasonable effort to obtain agreement, if the person does not want to engage in the process, we will terminate services.
Do I need counselling?
We all experience painful moments in our lives and we all have times when we feel stuck and unsure how to make the changes needed to live a more fulfilling life.
Counselling is a commitment and investment in yourself. While it can be difficult to examine painful aspects of your life, it is also rewarding and often life altering.
Counselling isn't always effective for everyone who needs it; but it's almost always effective for those who want it. Your desire to make changes and your willingness to invest in yourself is all that's necessary to begin this journey. Counselling can help you get unstuck, teach you effective strategies for dealing with life problems, and help you work through painful issues and difficult decisions.
Counselling is not just about your relationship with your therapist, it's about your relationship with yourself. Learning to tune in, listen, and respect your emotional experience is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
What does evidenced-based treatment mean?
Evidence-based treatment is any therapy based on peer-reviewed, scientific evidence. The aim of an evidence-based treatment is to track the effectiveness of treatment plans so that clients only undergo treatments which are proven to work. For example, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are both evidence-based treatments that have been proven to be successful for a variety of issues in research studies.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based bio-social theory that focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
Our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel both emotionally and physically. When our perceptions about the events around us are based on assumptions, exaggerations, or distortions, we have stronger reaction than when our perceptions are based on facts. Learning to examine and question your thoughts reduces emotional intensity and makes it easier to respond effectively rather than reactively.
What is DBT?
Dialectical behavioral therapy is an evidence-based bio-social treatment developed in the 1980’s by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT was developed to treat suicidal clients and those with borderline personality disorder. To read more about DBT, click DBT on the the main menu on home page.
What are Validity's guiding principles?
Validate yourself and others
Accept what you can't change
Learn and practice effective ways to manage your life
Identify and listen to your wise self
Decrease emotional intensity
Imagine then create a life worth living
Yield to the truth in all sides
Validity Counselling is based on DBT and CBT principles.