Many people have questions about counselling. Some frequently asked questions and answers are listed below. For any other questions get in touch with us through our general inquires or individual counsellors emails, which can be found by clicking on the Contact button on the bottom of the page.


What is counselling?

Counselling is a service provided to those of you who wish to make changes in your lives. Counsellors helps to identify aspects that keep a person stuck, and supports the individual during their process of change. The aim of counselling is to leave the individual more accepting of themselves, and better able to cope in the future.

How does it work?

By listening attentively a counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from your point of view and can help you to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change, or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing you to take a particular course of action.

During counselling sessions you can explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense, and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. During sessions, you are encouraged to express your thoughts and feelings, and through this supportive process learn to reflect and accept your problems without becoming burdened by them.

Acceptance and respect is essential, and as your relationship with a counsellor at Kitsilano Fairview Life Counselling develops, so too will the trust that you build together. The door of opportunity will then be opened for you to look at many aspects of your life, your relationships and yourself which you may not have considered or been able to face before.

How many sessions will I require?

Couples counselling usually takes 8-16 sessions, and individual therapy depends on what you are struggling with, and what goals you set for yourself. Many clients benefit by weekly sessions initially and then moving to every second week. Brief therapy (6-12 sessions) focuses on immediate issues and practical solutions. Longer term therapy (12 or more sessions) addresses concerns in more depth, and works with changing patterns of behavior that have developed over a long period of time. It is up to each client’s discretion how long he or she wishes to pursue therapy.