Frequently Asked Questions

 

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counselling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counselling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on the strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counselling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counselling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counselling in the first place. My therapeutic packages provide a general framework for the number of sessions needed for significant improvement in functioning before transitioning into maintenance sessions.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Commitment to attendance and involvement in homework between sessions will help you achieve maximum benefit.

How accessible is parking?

My office provides free parking in the lot at the entrance of the building or you can find street parking on the adjacent street.

What do I need to do before I arrive at my session?

In order to save time in session, please complete the intake form, service contract, and payment agreement. We will review the forms and sign them within the first session.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments are made by completing the appointment request form.

 

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102-7370 Sierra Morena Blvd SW
Calgary, Canada T2H 4H9

janelle@modernmomcounselling.com
(403) 966-5792

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