I came to social work later in life.
I have worked in a variety of fields but in my personal life I have
always been involved in helping others find solutions to their problems. While
working and raising a family, I attended the University of Regina part-time and
earned my BSW in 2008. While work in the field was fulfilling; I was
still passionate about pursuing a career in counselling. I continued to work and took classes part-time
and completed my MSW in 2014.
In terms of counselling, I operate from a strength based
perspective which means that I look for strengths that you already possess and are
already using in your life and illustrate how they may help you in the particular
situation you are working through. I
find this particularly useful as often clients are not aware of the strengths
they possess and tend to overlook their own abilities to cope with life
circumstances. I believe that every
person deserves to be treated with respect and that they are the expert in
their own lives. I work collaboratively
with clients to find workable solutions to problems. I see sessions as an exchange of ideas and
the client taking from that exchange what they need.
In my opinion, most people can benefit from counselling if
they are ready to accept and make a change in their lives. I appreciate asking for help is a difficult
thing to do, but we all need a little help once and awhile in our lives. I believe that reaching out does not make you
weak. It shows how strong you are, that
you are able to recognize and ask for help when you need it. Generally change involves some work and some
self- analysis. Counselling can help
guide you through the process and help you feel less alone. Having someone to exchange ideas with
benefits most people. Counselling can
improve your awareness of self and increase your mental health.
My private practice operates from our home in the evenings
and Saturday as I also work full-time. I
try to keep my rates low so that anyone who needs services has access. I appreciate for many that financial
constraints prevent them from seeking support.
I hope this keeps my services accessible to those who need it.
Please visit my website hopecounsellingregina.com as
I try to post articles that are relevant to client concerns.
Thank you for considering me as an option for your
Val Gelsinger ReachesRegina SK