Welcome! Let me be the first to say “Awesome job!” You have taken the first step to your mental health wellness. You are looking up counselling, support and guidance. That takes a lot of courage to say that you need someone to approach and support you. You’re half way done!
The second step is to make the call or send the email to the counsellor of your choice and arrange an appointment. More important than that… show up for your appointment. Once you get there, your battle is done.
The first session is a chance for you to get to know the counsellor, ask questions, have a discussion about our approach to counselling, and see if this is something that you want to pursue with your counsellor. If it is, great! Make another appointment. You are well on your way to a sense of wholeness.
Call for your appointment today.
What YOU can expect to receive:
I strive to put clients at ease with a casual, down-to-earth approach that is based on confidentiality, honesty and openness. I treat people the way I want to be treated. I simply love helping people who have the courage to face difficult obstacles in their life that hinder their successes, whether that be personal, career or otherwise. Think of me as a friend, someone to shoot the "crap" with, who will have an unattached, emotional-free perspective. I will provide enhanced listening skills without the dogs barking or the kids playing in the background. I am equality driven - not biased towards the female perspective or take the side of the males. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard with fairness and respect.
Types of Counselling:
Individual counselling - covers just about everything that can hinder mental health wellness. Depression and anxiety are the most often cases that come through my door (life does seem to have that effect), followed by grief and loss (one of my chosen areas to provide counselling) and then self-esteem, confidence and self worth.
Family / Parent counselling - we all have family. Sometimes this is a good thing and other times... well… hmmm. Parenting children and continuing to grow as a couple; raising adolescents and not running away screaming while pulling out your hair, needing an outside perspective to "wrangle" the troops. Let's sit down and chat. Things can be worked out, together as a family... and calmly.
Teenagers – this title pretty well doesn’t need an explanation to many people, but I want to clarify a few things for the sake of the young folk (plus, as strange as it is, this is my favourite group to counsel). Teenagers are going through a massive change physically, mentally, sexually and spiritually. They are trying to find their place in life, without always being approved. (We all do this, just not as vocally all the time). Teens explore: sex, pornography, illegal activity, friends, social media. They deal with more on a daily basis than we know. For example, bullying. Everyone says that there is a zero tolerance – seriously?! I can ask any class and at least 5 students will put up their hand and say that they are being bullied today. New loves. Old loves. Friendships. School. College. Career path. Peer pressure. Sex. Drugs. Self esteem. Confidence. There is a strong reason why many of us “older” people would not wish to go back to high school days.
Who is Wanda?
I am someone who values people for who they are, not what they should be or what they have. I love my job. But I do have a life on the outside of these counselling walls. I have three dogs that are more spoiled than the kids that I call mine. I have a great guy in my life who is almost as spoiled as the dogs. Give me a campfire, a ginger ale, laughter and some sour gummies, and you will have a friend for life. I am working towards getting into shape (yes, round is a shape, but I want more rectangular) and having the best time with loved ones while I am here.
I founded NEON Counselling after 16 years of counselling, mentoring and networking with the community. I wanted to provide a safe environment where people can come to share their concerns and to provide support with an unbiased approach. After developing and doing presentations to students, schools, and professionals, (and surviving!), I have experienced first hand what people desire and need in a counsellor and I strive to be that person. You can expect from me, an approach that is confidential, respectful, open, and honest from someone who will speak to you with validation and has a realistic style (I play a great devil's advocate).
Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
Registered Professional Counsellor, Canadian Professional Counsellors Association