Think of couunselling like coaching: getting assistance on strategies for the game of life. Stressful situations may build up or, on occassion, awful things may occur in our lives which leave us wondering what to do. It is important to get assistance when we are struggling with extra stress. Counselling can provide a space for venting while also having access to information, resources, and guidance.
In addition, family dynamics and historical events may get in the way of having the most effective relationships. Counselling can assist you with identifying the factors contributing to troubles and the tools or skills that can lead to relationship improvements. We are fully trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions for relationships such as coaching effective communication (verbal and nonverbal), problem-solving and conflict resolution. Therapists work with many couples who are dealing with separation and divorce, therefore counselling may be used as an information resource and to prevent problems which may otherwise occur down the road. Counselling also helps develop great skills for co-parenting effectively after divorce.
Our session rates are an investment in your life with the initial assessment meeting being $250 (an hour and a half) and $150 per hour for sessions that follow. Unlike other practices, Jeff Packer MSW & Associates Inc. does not charge for extra people to attend (parents, siblings, partners, co-workers, etc.).
It is important to seek coverage options, whether through health insurance plans or employee assistance programs through your workplace. We view this as an investment for your future and as a preventative tool for problems that may occur down the road.
We see people of all ages, from toddlers to over 80 years of age. Children over the age of 12 can receive counselling without parental consent, however we encourage family support and teamwork whenever possible. Children younger than 12 may attend counselling with parental approval. Jeff Packer MSW & Associates believe it is very important for both/all parents or caregivers to approve of and be informed about counselling as much as is appropriate. We will often meet with parents prior to seeing the child to collect important background developmental history, identify and address concerns, and to discover goals that they wish for their child(ren).
Our sessions are generally 50-60 minutes. The intake session is a bit longer, an hour and a half. People have the right to book longer sessions in advance, especially those who are commuting.
Everything discussed in therapy is kept confidential, except in the case that there is intent to harm others or yourself or in the rare case that courts require certain information from sessions. Please see our policy and rates page for more information regarding our confidentiality policy.
The length of therapy is usually negotiated between the person and the therapist. Some people may benefit from a single session and others from eight to 12. Couples usually attend at a heightened stress level, in which we recommend a minimum of six to eight sessions.
In cases of chronic addictions or obsessive behaviours (disordered eating, substance misuse, sexual addictions, OCD, etc.) therapy is usually a longer-term commitment—one year or more (20+sessions), depending on the person and other supports set in place (such as family supports, group therapy, other treatment programs, sponsors, etc).
You should feel better and see results! We assess current levels of functioning at the initial point of evaluation and together we monitor your progress relative to your initial baseline assessment sessions. Within three to four sessions, you should see improvement with self-awareness, strategies for coping, and relationship skill building.
It is important to do regular evaluations through your therapeutic process. We ask questions at the end of each session to ensure that each time you see us learning takes place and there is something for you to take away. When we see you for follow up sessions we actively seek your input on what you’d like to discuss and the goals you’d like to set in place. It’s not really therapy that works, it’s you! You do the work; we’re just your coaches to provide direction, educate new skills and guide you through the change process.