Have you experienced something that has affected your life negatively? Do the memories of the experience return with panic and anxiety? Do these moments of high anxiety get triggered when you didn’t expect them to?
It can be challenging to identify a life event as a ‘trauma’ sometimes, and it can be even more challenging to take the time to process your past trauma as it is often a place that you don’t want to return to. Talking about the event itself can be traumatic again… But if you are feeling alone in how this trauma is affecting you still, feeling alone in triggers that come unexpectedly, and feeling alone in grieving for the life that you had before this event, we are here for you.
Our counsellors are specialized in trauma counselling and are certified for approaches specific to help you process your trauma and empower you to have the tools and resources to help navigate those triggers, and regaining the control of your life rather than the trauma controlling you.
We value trust and connection in the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellors. This essential component in trauma counselling will help provide a safe space for you.
If you have experienced a car accident, we understand this is a traumatic event that can change your life. Please visit our page here (attach link to ICBC page) to learn more about how we can support you through your healing journey from the accident.
We offer 20-minute complimentary consultations to all new clients to help them pick the right counsellor and someone who is the right fit for them. Finding the right counsellor can be a tough job so we want to make sure we are removing a barrier coming in the way of you seeking help.
We offer individual counselling to help you work through a variety of individual struggles you may be facing. The main focus of this service is you and helping you be a better version of yourself. You can work on any personal goals that you have and dedicate the time to heal, grow, or to simply explore your thoughts and feelings.
We offer couples counselling services to help improve the quality of your relationship and to make your connection more meaningful. We help you manage your conflict and communicate with each other in non-violent ways and more effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Telehealth for you?
services, Telehealth is an alternative for your sessions. Call or email today for a free consultation to find out if Telehealth is appropriate for you.
Are your sessions covered by benefits?
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC), Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) are usually covered by many extended health benefit plans, however, this depends on your company’s specific plan. You could speak to your human resources
department or consult your benefit booklet, which contains the specifics of your company’s health plan to determine what kind of coverage you have. Ask if your insurance covers Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC).
We do not accept payment directly from the insurance company. We can act on your behalf though, and provide your insurance company with all the necessary information to ensure that you receive the coverage to which you are entitled to quickly. With electronic claims processing, you will often receive payment from the insurance company within three to five business days. Most insurance companies allow for direct deposit as well, further expediting your
If your plan does not cover RCC, CCC, but covers Registered Psychologist or Social Workers, you can make a request to your employer and insurance company that they adjust your plan.
What are the benefits of virtual counselling?
Web counselling is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there are no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling.
Those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. Those that have visual and hearing impairments can also benefit from such services. Web counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive therapy as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet.
Online therapy is convenient. Both the therapist and the client have the convenience of corresponding with each other at a range of variant times. This style of therapy can take away the hassle of scheduling and setting appointments more common in traditional settings. This also creates an opportunity for the therapist to extend their services to more clients as appointments can be potentially scheduled over 24 hours and reach a larger geographical region.
For those individuals who are ambivalent about therapy or who may be uncomfortable with traditional models of therapy, may find online counselling more suitable whereby it has been found that online therapy is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with talking face to face with someone about their problems
Why would I want to talk to a therapist?
Mental Disorders: People struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, etc. may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope. In many cases, disorders are treated medically in conjunction with therapy
Distress: One-way therapists determine the severity of an issue is to look at how much distress it causes the individual. For example, one young woman may be distressed about leaving home for college, while another is delighted. If the level of distress is prohibiting her ability to sleep, eat, study, socialize, or enjoy life, therapy may be a healthy option.
Support/Coping: Loss is a common reason for people to seek therapy. Therapy can provide a safe, supportive place for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, abuse issues, or any change in life circumstances that cause distress. Therapists help clients learn coping skills to get them through these times.
Communication: Many people come to therapy looking for help with their relationships. Individual, couples, or family therapy can address a common source of distress: poor communication and difficulty resolving conflicts. Some therapists are highly skilled at helping people communicate their needs and feelings constructively.
Self-Exploration: Some people come to therapy to gain a deeper understanding of self. They want to know why they do what they do, why they feel what they feel, and determine how much control they have over those areas. Sometimes this exploration is used to determine career, relationship, and personal goals.
Azi Counselling & Associates is a practice centered around client connection. It’s about starting a journey with someone you trust to begin healing from the inside out and having the coping skills to move forward.
Deciding to allow someone into your world is not something we take lightly, we believe in a supportive approach to help you live a more meaningful life.