Q. Where are you located?
A. Guidepost Counselling and Consultation is located centrally to most areas in Victoria and the CRD, across from Uptown Shopping Centre at 3550 Saanich Road, at the corner of Blanshard Street and Saanich Road. (There is ample free parking and a bike rack, and this location is on several major bus routes.)
For more details, please email GuidepostCounselling@gmail.com, use the contact form on the Contact page of this website, or call 778-678-7652.
Q. How do I book an appointment or get more information?
A. You can book an appointment or get more information by emailing GuidepostCounselling@gmail.com, by completing the contact form on this website, on the Contact page, or by calling 778-678-7652. You can also receive a free telephone consultation by emailing, completing the contact form, or calling 778-678-7652. Elizabeth will return your call or message within 24 business hours, usually the same day, Monday to Friday. (If you email or use the contact form and have not heard back within 2 business days, please call, in case your email was not delivered due to technical issues.)
Q. When are you available to see clients?
A. Available session times include afternoons and early evenings, Monday through Friday.
Q. What can I expect during my appointment?
A. In your initial session, you will be asked to fill out a few forms, to provide Elizabeth with some information about you and what you'd like to gain from counselling. Elizabeth will review this information with you, and will answer any questions you may have about counselling or about her approach and methods. The rest of the session and the following sessions will be spent in exploring the challenges that have brought you to counselling.
You may be asked to engage in reflection or be given a small task between sessions, and each session will then be focused on the challenges that brought you to counselling.
Q. How long will my session be?
A. Your counselling session will be 50 minutes long. Because the session begins at the start of the booked appointment time, you will receive the most benefit by arriving on time.
60 or 75 minute sessions are also an option for those who prefer more time; the session rate is adjusted accordingly.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Every person and every set of circumstances is different, but 10-12 sessions is common. Some situations will require more sessions. Clients who would like to resolve multiple challenges, or who would like to focus on personal growth may choose to work with a counsellor for an extended period of time.
Clients generally attend once a week, ideally, but may attend every other week if needed. Once therapy is complete, follow-up or 'check in' sessions can be arranged, and if a new challenge arises, further counselling is available.
Q. If I've booked an appointment and something comes up, how do I cancel the appointment?
A. Call 778-678-7652 (or text, if you prefer - please include your name in the text) to cancel all appointments. If you are able to cancel with at least 24 business hours notice, you will not be charged for the session. If you are unable to provide at least 24 business hours notice, the full session fee will apply. Please note, 24 business hours notice for Monday appointments (or after long weekends or holidays) is before the appointment time on the previous Friday or applicable business day.
Q. What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and why does it matter if my counsellor is Registered?
A. Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs) are members of a professional counselling organization that requires its members to meet specific, extensive criteria in the area of counsellor education and training. Its members must also adhere to a strict code of ethics in their work with clients. A counsellor with an RCC (or CCC) designation meets, and commits to continuing to meet, the highest standards for their profession. A counsellor without an RCC (or CCC) designation will likely not meet these standards for training and ethical behaviour.