I PROVIDE PHONE, SKYPE, ZOOM AND EMAIL COUNSELLING FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES.
I ALSO OFFER E-GROUP COUNSELLING FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH FEAR, ANXIETY, DEPRESSING, SELF-HARM, & THOSE WHO ARE SOOO TIRED OF BEING COOPED UP WITH OTHERS.
Email me for information. I will respond within 2 hours.
YOU ARE MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES BY REACHING OUT FOR HELP
A bit about Me
I am a clinical counsellor with a specialization in behavioral neuropsychology (the role of the brain in decision-making).
I provide short and long term counselling to individuals, families and youth who need help with many various issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, addictions, behaviors that they cannot change or stop or start, stuttering, daydreaming, jumping thoughts and inability to focus, learning problems, mental health, trauma, abuse and neglect, violence, domestic violence, and relationships.
Over the past 30 years I have co-developed and facilitated programs, workshops, and groups for and about children, adolescents, parenting, bullying, spiritual growth, relapse prevention, and brain injury.
Through the counselling process, I help clients discuss and understand their life experiences and consequently, themselves. This helps resolve pain from current and past experiences - doing this work leads to true and lasting healing. I have expertise in the role of the brain in cognition, decision-making and behaviours. As we work together, I will help you understand brain development, how the brain changes during both traumatic and positive experiences, and methods of healing and strengthening the brain.
The process of healing that we use in therapy
• Acknowledge that there is an issue
• Discuss thoughts and feelings about the issue, which helps people to
• Understand how they think, and why they think the way they do, which helps them to
• Resolve/Heal the pain and issues that have been weighing them down and holding them back
Counselling Modalities that I use
Each client and session is unique, so I use various types of modality throughout a session in order to help the client in their process. For example, I most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with motivational interviewing, psychotherapy, reality and narrative therapy, among others. I care about all of my clients and treat all of them with respect, with the goal of helping people to understand themselves, others, and the world in which they live.
The Yellowhead Counselling model that I use, developed by Tony Martens, is the only model that I have seen that can actually help people to change, resolve underlying pain, and heal relationships. People don't learn how to 'live with' anxiety, or learn tools to try hard not to look at pornography, or learn how to push away their pain to stay in a painful relationship. Instead, people actually learn about the underlying physical/emotional/mental/spiritual causes of their behaviors/emotional issues, and how if they continue to use coping mechanisms to survive they are not living the whole life they could be - and they also learn, at the same time, how to change thoughts and behaviors and they ARE able to change their life and have a really fun life. I've seen it happen time and again, which is really cool to see. So, if you want to really CHANGE your life rather than learn ways to 'live with' things, contact me. I can definitely help you.
Sliding scale. My invoices can be submitted to extended health companies - check your insurance to know what your coverage is. We can talk about it and figure out a payment system that will work for you.
I provide counselling for: ICBC, FNHA/NIHB, SunLife, GreatWestLife, BlueCross, Victim Assistance
How to Reach Me
Making the first call can be difficult, but you are making healthy choices by reaching out for help. When you call, we will talk about why you would like counselling, what the counselling process looks like, and any questions you have.
Book a Free Phone Consultation with me here or text/call me at 250.469.4354
Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA)
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#17595)
Canadian Professional Counselling Association (#3801)
Canadian Psychological Association (#54410)
Crime Victim Assistance Program
Clinically supervised by Tony Martens of Martens & Associates
Check out my website www.deborahbarkowsky.ca