Clinical Counselling

Clinical Counselling is the use of clinical mental health counselling values, principles and methods for the purpose of assisting clients to understand their issues and concerns in order to enhance self-growth, personal effectiveness, interpersonal relations, life adjustments, spiritual growth, and mental health. This may involve developing insight into, and/or learning to prevent and/or eliminate maladaptive behavior or symptoms, in addition to the enhancement and strengthening of health coping styles and functional relationships with self and others. (BCACC definition)

Clinical counselling is a profession that helps people improves their mental, emotional and physical health while encouraging a positive relationship with self, others and the larger community. The building of a trusting and comfortable relationship between client(s) and counsellor is important, as counselling may cover topics of difficulty; therefore, questions or comments about the counselling process are welcome at any time.

Therapy can:

- help a person to gain a new understanding about his or her issues as well as acquire new ways of   coping with and addressing those issues.

- help a person to develop new skills and to change patterns of behaviour.

- contribute to an increased understanding of self and others.