Paul Slakov

MA, Certified Canadian Counsellor

“In the cave you fear is the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

Specialties

  • Depression & anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Abuse & neglect
  • Men’s issues

Approaches

  • Mindfulness
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-informed psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy
You may be hurting; you may be seeking a life of greater connection and meaning. How do you get there? Connection in counselling begins with the relationship between therapist and client. You need to feel safe, seen and engaged to make the kind of progress you want to. You will feel understood, respected and encouraged by me.
We all have a way. I don’t know your way. Sometimes you may lose sight of your way. I understand this. Much of my life I have dedicated to this journey. Together, we will look for your path forward. You will see what it is like to walk your path. There may be some times of doubt, even of fear, but the joy of walking on your path – there is nothing better.

It is important to feel a good fit in your choice of therapist. I invite you to contact me to see if I can be that person for you. If I am, I’ll be happy to work with you. If I’m not, I’ll be happy to do my best to help you find your best fit.

Your Questions

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How many sessions does therapy take?

Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.

How often should I come?

When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.

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Does insurance cover your fees?
Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under most Extended Health Plans, but always call or check online to ensure your plan covers counselling specifically.
What is a session like?

You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.