Thank you for visiting our web site. Our mission statement is “Helping people through change”. That change can mean different things, but basically it means that people look at counselling to possibly change something in their lives like: processing trauma or loss; resolve to faltering relationships; or any other issue that has blocked them from experiencing their life to the fullest or one that has challenged their ability to cope.
Working with First Responders, it is especially important to gain awareness of their mental health, as they have to deal with traumatic experiences as part of their career, plus the day-to-day stresses of life that we all deal with. This can compromise their ability to cope in significant ways. First Responders can include any career that involves a person having to deal with others trauma, including: firefighters, paramedics, police officers, nurses, doctors and correctional workers.
I work a lot with First Responders as well as having been a First Responder for much of my life as a professional firefighter before becoming a professional counsellor. I help with: facilitating interventions, teach Critical Incident Stress Management to peer based teams, give presentations on resilience and compassion fatigue to both First Responders and their families as well as group debriefings. I also work one-on-one with First Responders.
Looking into counseling for our mental health has a lot of stigma attached to it. Unlike seeing a family doctor to monitor and maintain our physical health and visit a dentist to monitor and maintain our dental health, why do so many people avoid therapy or counseling to maintain our mental health? One reason may be that mental health issues are hidden, unlike many physical problems. We have been conditioned to seek out medical help when we have an issue of some kind arise, whether it is something minor, or something life threatening. We see the dentist because we see our teeth in the mirror every day, and we visit the dentist on a regular basis for cleaning, checking and repair if needed. Why not seek help with mental health issues?
Another reason could be that many people want to deny that there may be something going on, but somehow feel that they are either strong enough to work it out or that time will fix it somehow. Just think for a moment if we applied that same logic to a broken leg or an abscess tooth.
Many people experience things that impact them, sometimes overwhelming them and challenging their ability to cope. Therapy or counselling can often help people begin to get their life back in balance when struggling with an issue. Some issues can be debilitating for people. Other issues, although they may be different, may accumulate, weighing a person down or putting them off track.
Transitions Counselling center is a practice located in Kelowna B.C., and offers a collaborative approach, where the therapist and the client explore what has brought them in and potential approaches to helping them achieve balance again.
Explore more regarding our specializations, information and about myself. We could be a fit for you.