Welcome to Touchstone Counselling.
Our Team offers safe and confidential support for everyone. Whether you are feeling angry, anxious, ashamed, belittled, betrayed, discouraged, depressed, confused, hurt, lonely, addicted or numb our Team is committed to your emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
Counselling sessions are 50-60 minutes long and are provided by a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) or an intern. Please arrive ten minutes before your first appointment to complete the Intake and Consent Forms. You can prepare for the session by reading Five Ways To Benefit From Counselling. There is a $20 suggested minimum payment although there are other payment options upon request.
Once you are ready to make an appointment, call Susanna at the church office 250-762-0682.
Beliefs – We do not direct your spiritual journey unless requested. You do not need to agree with the Values of this organisation to be eligible for this service.
Tax Receiptable Donations – Any payment over $50 is eligible for a tax-receipt.
Number of Sessions – You may book one session at a time. This is provided on a first come first serve basis.
Person-Centered Therapy deals with the ways in which people perceive themselves consciously rather than having a therapist try to interpret unconscious thoughts or ideas. The premise is that the client already has the answers to the problems and the job of the therapist is to listen without making any judgements, without giving advice, and simply follow the client as they explore themselves, their situation, their journey and their feelings.
Emotion Focused Therapy proposes that emotions themselves have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotion Focused Therapy is an approach to treatment that focuses on the transformation of emotion. Emotions are believed to be the key to produce long-lasting therapeutic change in a person. Clients undergoing Emotion Focused Therapy are helped to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotional experiences.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy recognizes the important link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therapists work with clients to identify unhelpful automatic thoughts and personal beliefs that are getting in the way of living life. These thoughts are evaluated and potentially replaced with more realistic and helpful ways of thinking. The therapist and client also work to identify specific, concrete and manageable behavioral goals to help manage mood. Changing thoughts and behaviors should ultimately lead to changes in feelings.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q – How do I know if I need counselling?
A – Counselling provides a safe place to talk. It is a time to look at rational and emotional and behavioural ways to manage the pain inside, discover new behaviours, work on steps to recovery, manage conflicted relationships, manage anger or continue with support on your journey of vulnerability and emotional health.
Q – What if I am not a member of Evangel Church?
A – This service is available to anyone who asks. It does not matter if you are a member of this church or any church.
Q – What if I am unable to attend my appointment?
A – Please call the ministry assistant ASAP.
Q – Can I donate using a credit card?
A – Yes
Q – Who will see my file?
A – All files are kept in a locked cabinet. Your counsellor, the supervisor and the ministry assistant are the only ones with access to your records. You may request copies of your file notes at any time.
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Sharon received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of BC in 2002, her Level 1 Addictions Counselling Certification from the University of the Nations (Hawaii) in 2005, and her Masters of Counselling from Gonzaga University (Spokane) in 2012. She has been counselling with Touchstone Counselling since 2005, is a member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and is currently a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Her practice framework begins with a Person-Centered approach in that she follows the client wherever they want or need to go, in order to address their pain and reach their goals. She continues to assess motivation and readiness for change and then uses Emotion Focused and/or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to best meet the client’s changing needs. In her spare time she enjoys biking, travelling and spending time with her husband and adult children and grandchildren.