If you are wondering whether you could benefit from individual psychotherapy or counselling, these questions may help you:
- Your past prevents you from moving forward in your life
- You often feel upset, depressed or anxious
- You feel stuck in the same types of situations over and over again
- You are having relationship problems, and can’t seem to resolve them no matter how hard you try
- Your emotions feel out of control at times
If you are stuck in any of these ways, you are probably not living your life to the potential you could be. Happiness and enjoyment of life can be dampened, and replaced by frustration or helplessness. These feelings often build up over time, causing you to get more discouraged. You end up feeling alone in your struggles, like nothing will ever change.
Individual therapy can help you by creating a safe, supportive environment in which to resolve what is troubling you. Your therapist can help you get clarity on your situation, and become aware of what you need in order to improve your life.
From there you will collaborate on what you can do to respond differently to your situation so that you can overcome your problems. Through therapy, you will receive support to make realistic decisions and changes, and to rebuild your confidence and self-esteem.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Victor Frankl
We Customize Our Counselling Approach to Meet Your Unique Needs
At VCFI, our counsellors and psychologists place high priority on the relationship between you the client, and us as your therapist. We believe that your relationship with your therapist needs to feel safe and trusting enough to talk about what is troubling you.
We see you as having what it takes to find resolutions to your problems. Our therapists provide the acceptance, support and active feedback to help you get there. At the end, you can feel more sure of what you want, more empowered to take the steps you want to take, and more in control of how you handle your life.
Our Therapists & Psychologists are Trained in Proven Approaches
At VCFI, our therapists & psychologists are trained in a range of counselling approaches that are backed up by research and proven to be effective. We tailor our therapy approach to your particular issues and personality style, always ensuring that we keep our relationship with you positive and supportive.
The main therapeutic approaches we use are:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
When our most important relationships are not thriving, our general wellbeing is affected, and we may start to cope in ways that actually increase our distress. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helps you to connect with your emotions and needs so that you can change your relationship patterns and feel more secure in the world.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The way we think about and see ourselves, others, and the world in general, influences how we behave and feel. Through the use of cognitive behavorial therapy your therapist will help you become aware of the negative or distorted thinking patterns that create and reinforce your distress and cause you to get caught in unhelpful behavior patterns. With your therapist’s help, you can start to challenge these thoughts and make the changes that will help you feel better about yourself and your life.
Family of Origin Counselling
If you would like to explore how your family background affects your current life, we can help you look at your family history and the patterns you have established as a result. As you gain clarity and see how you may have carried on these patterns into your present life, we can support you to make the changes you want so that you are freer to feel, think and behave in ways that are not limited by your past.
If you have a history of trauma or abuse (e.g. emotional, physical, or sexual abuse) or suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we offer counselling services that can help you process your traumas and reduce your distress. Some of our therapists also offer Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven and one of the most popular therapy methods for overcoming the symptoms of past trauma and PTSD.
Areas that our counsellors and psychologists can assist you in are:
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Eating disorders
- Interpersonal issues (job, family, friends)
- Life Transitions
If you would like us to help you lead a more satisfying life, contact us by phoning 604.677.3286, ext 500, or click the link to fill in our secure Online Intake Form.