Frequently Asked Questions
Can you explain your family counselling style and approach
I draw from my education and training, life experiences, and personal learning to help you reach your goals. We look at your struggle and your goals and develop a roadmap that is best suited to get you there.
I combine thinking, feeling and action with therapeutic exercises to help you experience a new perspective. Along the way we may explore how and why you think the way you do in order to build awareness and empower you to choose how you want to think in any given situation.
I hold a non-religious, spiritual viewpoint that we are part of something much larger than ourselves. I believe it is empowering to remain connected to this source in ways that feel personally appropriate. I also hold the belief that you know what is best for you. You set the pace and it is my goal to walk alongside you in compassion and respect.
What makes your style of holistic counselling effective?
I offer a holistic approach, which presents therapies to treat your whole self including your mind, body, emotions and spirit (however you choose to define that is fine with me). When unaddressed, core issues can shift from one area of your life to another. For this reason, it is paramount to address the whole system for optimal health and vitality.
I have been there. I know what it’s like to struggle and feel stuck and unsupported. I can relate and offer successes from my life experiences along with effective theory and techniques.
What can I expect in my free 20-minute consultation?
In your free online counselling or in person counselling consultation, we will get to know one another to determine if we are a good fit to work together. I will ask what you are currently struggling with and what your goals are. We will go over any questions you have and how I may be of service to you. Consultations can be in person or online using a free program called Zoom.
How are online sessions done?
Online counselling sessions and online family counselling sessions are performed using Zoom – a free, easy to use program. This method allows you to have a session from anywhere including the comfort of your own home. It eliminates travel time to and from my office. Zoom counselling allows us to connect with more than one person in multiple places (couples counselling or family counselling). It also offers more flexibility on arranging sessions that fit your schedule. For example, if you are home with your child and want to have a counselling session during their nap time, Zoom allows us to connect quickly and easily.
Is online counselling as effective as in-person counselling?
Absolutely. Online therapy and online counselling is one of the fastest growing methods of therapy delivery. Whether it is in person or virtually using Zoom, you are heard, seen and guided towards your goals and living the life you deserve. Online counselling offers us the ability to connect from anywhere and offers you more flexibility in scheduling.
Where do you offer your counselling services?
While I am located in Victoria, BC and offer counselling for mothers in Victoria, counselling in Vancouver, and counselling on Vancouver Island, I can provide therapy and online counselling to anyone anywhere in the world through the use of Zoom.
Can my child attend counselling sessions with me?
Yes! If bringing your baby means you will get the support you need to express and heal, then please do. I believe the world would benefit from more places allowing mothers to feel comfortable bringing their babies, especially when they are young and need to be close to you. This allows you to still get your needs met, while meeting their needs. It is important to consider that if your baby attends, it will affect the style of counselling session we have and the types of processes we engage in. We will consider what is best for you and the baby.
Can I bring someone with me to an in-person counselling session?
Yes. If you feel you want support during our counselling session together then please let me know ahead of time and we can discuss. In this case the person would be support to you and not involved in the counselling process.
If you want to have a counselling session with someone (such as your partner or a family member), I offer couples counselling for 2 people. You can book a session for 2, which is 75 minutes and $95.
Do you offer half counselling sessions?
Half sessions (30 minutes) are available as an option when money is tight. You may want counselling but feel unable at this time to pay the full price of a 60 or 90 minute session. I understand. I have been there. This is my way of honouring my time and services while meeting you where you are at. 30 minute sessions can be online using Zoom or in-person and are $45.
Does my insurance or extended medical benefits cover counselling services?
Before our first session, please check with your extended medical or insurance provider to see if they cover counselling services from a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor accredited with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. ID Number: 2096
If you have coverage, you will be required to first pay Theresa Gulliver Counselling for the session in full and then submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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