Areas of practice
- Addictions - Gambling
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Motivational Interviewing
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Telephone Counselling
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:simmscounselling.com
*JUNE 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: I am beginning the process of gradual re-opening, now offering BOTH in-person & tele-behavioural health sessions. For more info, please see my website.
For over 15 years I have been working with people struggling with various challenges, including stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and life transitions. During challenging times, our experiences can become burdensome, counselling helps to reconnect with strengths and resources, and develop new ones, resulting in life feeling manageable again. Counselling doesn't make problems disappear, but the therapeutic process reduces the negative impact of challenges and contributes to a sense of hope and possibility.
I work in collaboration with clients, the client leads the way and sets the pace. There are many ways to do therapy, I work with your particular goals and preferences, and I invite your feedback about our work together, to ensure we are staying on track and that you are getting what you want. The hope is to help people start feeling better sooner rather than later. My goal is to provide a comfortable space where people can hear themselves think out-loud, without fear of judgement or criticism, and are supported as they navigate their challenges.
Talking helps, and while family and friends can provide much needed support, counselling is a different type of conversation, with a trained listener, and trained helper.
Common client concerns include:
- feeling overwhelmed by life challenges
- experiencing a lack of support from their usual network
- feeling stuck in rut or without direction, like a ship without a rudder
- unable to stop self defeating or self sabotaging patterns of thinking or behaving
- using alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other measures as a coping strategy for life challenges and experiencing consequences
Counselling elicits insight - seeing situations in a different light, thinking about situations in a different way. Through counselling, the way people carry their challenges changes: problems start to feel manageable again and people gain a different awareness of themselves. The experience of counselling should be empowering, as understanding 'why we do what we do' gives us the choice to start doing things differently, changing patterns or habits that may no longer be serving a useful purpose
Counselling is a relationship, and research indicates the best predictor of success in counselling is the alliance or relationship between therapist and client. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to assist in your sense of us being a good fit.
I have a contract the with BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program which is the primary Provincial clinical resource for anyone struggling with a problem with gambling, or who is affected by someone who struggles with gambling. This service is free of charge, funded by the BC government.
If you are using an Extended Health Care Plan, please check with your provider to confirm services provided by a Canadian Certified Counsellor (Masters Level) are eligible.
Please contact me to discuss your particular concerns, if I can not help you, I may be able to recommend someone who can.
Client fee individuals:$110 plus GST
Client fee couples/families:$140 plus GST