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Why Interactive Counselling? 

How are you different? 

What can you do to help me? 

How many sessions do I need? 

 

 

These are some of the questions that we receive when potential clients call to inquire about counselling sessions. And they are GREAT questions! So great in fact, that we thought we would take this opportunity to write about it! 

 

Firstly, our practice is called Interactive Counselling for a purpose. We strongly believe in “interacting” with clients on their level. We will meet you where you are at in your mental health, and where you want to be physically for your counselling sessions. Our Counsellors want to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible, as making the first step in seeking help can be extremely difficult for many.   

 

We are different because we work WITH clients. Every single one of our Counsellors caters to their client based on their individual needs. We are not a factory style counselling practice; our approach will differ between each client! We consider what works for you, and encourage open communication between Counsellor and client.  If something isn’t working for you, don’t be shy! Tell us. We don’t want to give you homework that won’t fit to your life (Example: we won’t tell you to read a book if you are a slow reader, dyslexic or maybe just hate reading).  

 

At Interactive Counselling we have full belief that there are a million ways to do a million things, which means when our Counsellors work with a client, we can find just the right fit for you. Don’t worry---it won’t hurt our feelings if you tell us something doesn’t work for you! So please feel comfortable to speak up to your Counsellor! We are on your team!!!  We are here to create a plan and provide you the tools to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.  Our Counsellors will ensure to collaborate with you throughout your therapeutic journey, standing by you and supporting you every step of the way. 

 

But don’t let this method trick you! Our Counsellors WILL offer you accountability. In fact, we thrive off of it!  While we believe in ensuring that things work for you, that won’t give you a “free pass” to not TRY the tools we provide.  If something doesn’t work, that’s fine---but we then ask the question WHY doesn’t it work? And in order for us to know why, it means that you actually need to participate in doing our homework. This will assist your Counsellor in understanding you better. What works, what doesn’t work, and how we can build from there. Accountability to your own self-growth is a key component to us catering our approach to you and your needs. Each client operates differently, thinks differently, reacts differently---no one is the same! Yes, people can be similar, but not one client is exactly the same as another. We recognize that, and that is why we are so successful in helping our clients. 
 
Now to talk about the dreaded “H” word---yes, that’s right! We give HOMEWORK!!!! But please don’t let that scare you away from reaching out for help. And no, it won’t be like writing a report. Your homework will be focused on your self-growth, and again, will vary based on your needs (Are you getting the hint yet? That we focus on YOU!!!! And love doing it like that).  It will help you obtain you goals at a quicker rate, moving you in forward direction towards an improved mental health state. Your Counsellor will ensure that it is something you will actually do (even though it may take some effort), and review it each session. The counselling process isn’t just the one or two hours that you come in for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! It is a practice that you as the client put into place and exercise the tools that you have learned in the session with your Counsellor. So please do not expect to come in for a session and think that it will make everything better without you utilizing what you have learned in your regular day to day life. 

 

It’s a good reminder that practice doesn’t make perfect! Practice makes permanent!!! Even Michael Jordan will miss a shot despite being one of the best basketball players in history. But because he practices so much, he is a consistent player, a strong player. And that is what we strive to help our clients achieve---a consistent and productive life that they want that may not result in perfect, but results in them gaining the strength to get through anything that they face.  

 

In order to gain the skills that we have been talking about, we always say to our clients---Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable. And what we mean by that, is that we want you to feel comfortable in the environment you choose for your counselling sessions, and we want you to be comfortable with your Counsellor, BUT we don’t want you to feel comfortable in your therapeutic journey at all times. With remaining in your comfort zone, you will never get to the point of growth. Our promise is to you that we will push your comfort zone to ensure we are moving forward in the counselling process therefore improving your mental health, but we will never cross your boundary.   All of us at Interactive Counselling absolutely love the saying “Great things never came from comfort zones”.  It is so true! We guide you throughout our time together, resulting in clients actually being excited to push their own boundaries. Please remember, we go at your pace---you’re always in control! That’s a key component to our working relationship with each client. If you ever feel like it’s too much or too fast, all you have to do is let us know! We don’t want you to get discouraged at any point in our time together. 

 

Many ask how many sessions they need, and quite honestly, it varies from person to person, and goal to goal. Some clients come in for one session seeking guidance on one matter, but find that they actually have more to work on. Others can complete their journey with us rather quickly. We often tell our clients that we are working our way out of a job! The more skills we provide you, the less you will need us. But know, that no matter the length between sessions, we are always here for you! We have had clients return after over five years because they came across something they have never had to deal with before and needed a little extra help. Our Counsellors are very open with clients, and come up with a treatment plan that is customized for you. However, sometimes things up that you didn’t see coming! Which can be our favourite, because that is an area that you can grow in that you didn’t even realize! How fun!! 

 

No matter which location you visit, and what Counsellor you see, you will find support, kindness and compassion. At Interactive Counselling we are committed to you, from beginning to end!  

 

We Offer: 

 

  • Kelowna Counselling Services 

  • Grande Prairie Counselling Services 

  • Online Video Chat Counselling Services 

  • Phone Counselling Services 

  • Email Counselling Services 

  • Text Counselling Services 

 

Types of Counselling We Offer: 

 

  • Individual Counselling 

  • Youth Counselling 

  • Marriage Counselling 

  • Couple’s Counselling 

  • Family Counselling 

  • Co-Parent Counselling 

  • Life Coaching 

  • Corporate and Company Coaching 

  • Athletic Counselling and Mental Coaching 

 

Area’s that our Counsellors work in (but not limited to): 

 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety 

  • Trauma 

  • Relationship 

  • Autism  

  • Abuse 

  • Sexual Abuse 

  • Physical Abuse 

  • Children and Youth 

  • Anger Management 

  • Addictions 

  • ADD/ADHD 

 

Interactive Counselling understands that you may work during the day, or shift work, or maybe you need to get a babysitter so you can put your 100% focus on yourself during your sessions, so we try to make it easier! We offer a variety of hours including daytime, evening and even weekends to ensure that your schedule won’t be the thing that prevents you from getting help. If there are times that you need outside of our hours please do not hesitate to contact us, as we will do our best to accommodate your needs.  

 

 

Our Counsellors would be honoured to work with you. We are committed to creating productive stepping-stones for you to work towards a happier and more confident life that you deserve. 

 

 

To book with our Kelowna Counsellors please call or text us at (250) 859-4485 or visit our online booking site here

 

 

To book with our Grande Prairie Counsellors please call or text at (780) 512-8462 or visit our online booking site here