How Does Counselling Work?
Counselling can be a very positive experience. Sometimes clients come to their initial counselling session a little anxious and uncertain about what might happen. Our goal is to provide the necessary support that you require to overcome the present challenges. You will be able to find light in tough situations.
What can I expect from my counselling experience?
People seek counselling because there is something in their lives or relationships, which they would like to change. Joyce believes that counselling is a shared experience where she facilitates her clients to develop solutions that respect the client’s right to choose the course that they feel is best for their own situation. Her expertise is in helping you develop your expertness. After all, no one knows your life situation more intimately than you. You are the expert, when it comes to your life situation. Joyce’s job is to help you develop the ideas, strategies and solutions that you will need to address the concerns in your life.
The Road to Change
It is important for you to know however, that the counselling process involves change and the road that leads to change can sometimes have twists, turns, hills and valleys. For some people, this means that they may feel an increase in distress and uncertainty, at times. Any change that occurs within individual, couple, or family counselling can also have an effect on other relationships you might have. Some people may not be happy with the changes you choose and, in this light, it is possible that your counselling may have an effect on other relationships. One of the goals of counselling is to support you through this process of change.
In your first session, you will be asked to discuss the concerns and goals, which prompted you to seek counselling. Joyce will tell you the kind of help she can offer within her expertise, and she will design a treatment plan, which you will have the opportunity to review and refine.
In subsequent sessions, Joyce will be reviewing your goals and concerns regularly to ensure you are moving in the direction and at the pace that feels appropriate for you. At the end of each session, Joyce will take a few minutes to write some notes summarizing the conversation and her reaction. You will also be invited to provide your comments and reflections.
Who is Joyce?
Joyce is a mother of four grown children, a wife to Philip for 30 years, professional project manager, counsellor, teacher, student, motivational speaker, and author. Yes, she juggles all these roles at the same time. Her favorite pastime is writing comfortably from her kitchen laptop, occasionally admiring the pine trees at her backyard as she takes a moment to reflect on life.
What is Joyce’s qualification as a counsellor?
Joyce holds a bachelor degree in business administration, a master degree in Christian counselling and a doctorate degree in international missions and counselling. She started her counselling private practice on a part-time basis since 2007. In 2012, she took a break in counselling for a year and focused on completing her non-fiction book Reimagine Your Retirement. See her credentials and learning journey here.
What is Joyce’s faith background?
Joyce is a born-again Christian. Jesus Christ is her personal Lord and savior. She believes the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and it is the source of all truth. She has been a member of the Mississauga Chinese Alliance Church for 20 years.
How does her faith affect her counselling style?
Joyce does not impose her belief nor assert her worldview on her clients. She respects the client’s own faith journey and encourages open dialogues in differing worldviews. For those who are interested, Joyce is well-equipped to integrate a Christian spiritual dimension with her professional counselling.
How long are the sessions, what is the fee?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and the frequency of your visits will be based on your need, and Joyce’s availability. Sessions can be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the situation. The fee ranges from $85 to $130 per session. You will know the fee when Joyce confirms the appointment.
Are Joyce’s services covered by my insurance company?
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover counselling services. The cost of counselling may be reimbursed if your employer has provided you with an Extended Medical Benefits plan that insures professional counselling services by a Registered Psychotherapist. Payment to Joyce is the sole responsibility of the client. Your private coverage is a contract between the company and yourself. Please consult your insurer’s representative to confirm if coverage is available to you. Reimbursement is not guaranteed since every insurance company has its own policies.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
There may be times when you need to cancel or reschedule a session. In this case, please provide at least 48 hours’ notice to allow other clients the opportunity to use your time slot. A cancellation fee will be applied otherwise
In general, the information discussed in the counselling session is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law. For example, disclosure may be required in the following circumstances:
- Where there is reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect,
- If a judge orders the release of information during legal proceedings, the information must be released,