** Accepting new Clients** Specializing in women, my work is rooted in the belief that women are uniquely created and wonderfully made. Some of the primary concerns women bring into counselling include problems with anxiety, depression, self esteem, boundaries, life transitions, and strained relationships. I also work with women who are addressing trauma, violence, addiction, and emotion management. My counselling approach is warm and supportive, but certainly not passive. Our sessions will feel like a rich conversation over a cup of coffee or tea, but it will feel different than any other conversation you've had before. What makes it different is that you will be challenged to consider alternate ways of looking at things, you will learn strategies and tools to help you address the issues you're facing, and you will be reminded of your ability to see and do life in a way that brings you joy and hope. Counselling is courageous, an important act of self care, and is a significant step in the direction of healing. I integrate faith into my practice and as a Christian I believe that the ultimate Healer and Hope Giver is Jesus Christ. That said, my practice is inclusive and I enthusiastically welcome women of all backgrounds, whether you practice your faith, consider yourself a Christian, or practice another faith.
A bit about me I have worked in the field of mental health and addictions for almost 20 years. Ten years ago I left the public sector and made the move to private practice when I opened the doors of Eterna Counselling in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Recently I have moved home to Ontario and am excited to be opening the doors of Turner Counselling Services in Barrie. My interest in working with women stems back over 25 years and I have focused my work and my training on women's health and women's issues. I am passionate about this work and excited about the opportunity to grow my practice in this area. What you can expect in your first session First sessions can be bring on a bit of extra nervousness. That's very normal and to be expected. When you arrive at my office you will be greeted and offered something to drink. There will be some paperwork for you to complete to make sure I have the correct contact information. I don't ask clients to complete a lot of information this way, as I prefer to just sit together and learn about you through conversation. Sessions are generally 50-60 minutes in length and during the first meeting we will get to know each other a bit, I will learn more about why you took the step to come to counselling, and we will develop a plan for the work we will do. Clients report feeling tremendous relief after counselling sessions, and in particular they tell me that their nervousness subsided quickly and they were glad they came. Ongoing sessions Some people come to counselling once a week for a period of time (maybe 4 sessions, maybe 10 sessions, depending on the work they want to do), and some people come twice a month or even once a month. The frequency and number of sessions is based on what people are addressing in counselling. For example, a person who is looking to manage a career change may come to a few weekly sessions and find they have reached their goal. While others who are dealing with trauma, mental health issues, and or grief (as well as others), may wish to come for more sessions. This will be assessed on a regular basis. Sessions will feel like intentional conversations, and each session will help you work toward your goal of freedom from the problem.
I offer a 15 minute meet and greet visit at my office and look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Nicole Turner ReachesBarrie ON