What We Offer
Connecting with a counsellor should be simple and easy.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde
Can you relate? Stress in the present and strain from the past can build up and keep us from feeling grounded and alive in our lives. The good news is that you don’t have to face struggles alone.
Take these simple steps to get started:
Sessions are held:
- Over the phone or the video-platform Zoom, which is compliant with Canada’s standards for professional and personal privacy. Joining a Zoom session is as easy as clicking the invitation link your counsellor will send you prior to your appointment.
- In-person, in our big blue group-room that allows safer physical distance. In-person sessions are guided by our policy, informed by WorkSafe BC and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
While our aim is to understand and appreciate you as a complete person, here are common issues people seek us out to receive help with:
- Low self-esteem or self-value
- Chronic stress
- Relationship issues
- Developmental or early-life trauma
- Grief, loss and life transition
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Assertiveness and ‘using your voice’
- Saying no and setting boundaries
- Inner critic and self-destructiveness
- Anger and irritability
What you may not know is that these listed issues are not your identity or who you are. They do not mean you are broken or that there is something with you. Quite the opposite, in fact. Symptoms like these are side effects of overwhelm, fatigue, self-criticism and adversity. They are your body’s way of saying, “I need more care than I’m receiving.” Congratulations on learning to slow down and listen.
Please note that during the COVID-19 lockdown, all rates are on a sliding scale.
The cornerstone of therapy, one-on-one work helps transform a critically hostile relationship with your self into one that is peaceful and patient — a practice that tends to reduce depressed and anxious systems while restoring motivation, safety and spontaneity in life.
|Counsellor||$130 + GST|
|Director||$150 + GST|
|Intern||$40 + GST|
In the same way individual therapy fostered safe and supportive connection with self, couple work extends this to relationships. Partners learn to feel safely present with each other, aborting negative cycles and feeling confident and present in each others company.
|Counsellor||$150 + GST|
|Director||$170 + GST|
|Intern||$40 + GST|
Safe and structured group work can offer accelerated and powerful transformation due to the increase in positive feedback, witnessing and support that occurs with multiple people engaged in the process. Thrive’s roots are in group work and our model has been in use since 1997.
|Currently no active groups|
Most sessions are 50-minutes, leaving your counsellor 10 minutes to prepare notes from your session to help organize the best treatment possible. You will receive a detailed receipt following payment by credit card, e-transfer or cash (no change provided) that may be submitted to your Extended Insurance Plan. Please always double check with your insurance provider that counselling services are covered.
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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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.