Clinical Counseling Services


Clinical counselling is a type of therapy for re-framing your mind and understanding your cognitive mindsets. Seeking counselling is beneficial to all people and situations while it is not limited to “serious problems”. Everyone get stuck from time to time and need a place of understanding and clarity. We all deserve to have mental and emotional support, and counselling provides that support.

Clinical Counsellors are specialized and skilled at helping move you on to new possibilities more quickly than you might be able to achieve on your own.

Similarly, our team of Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers at G.V. Counselling and Education Society thrives everyday to create a welcoming, safe, and supportive space for all clients in order to provide the best mental health care and support possible.

Using a variety of clinical therapy approaches we ensure that you are provided with counselling services and therapeutic strategies that are most appropriate for your specific situation. For each mental condition listed below, our therapists apply either one or mix of the following psychotherapy approaches to ensure best results:

    • Depression :

    Behavioural activation
    Cognitive-behavioural therapy
    Couple therapy
    Emotionally-focused couples therapy
    Behavioural marital therapy
    Systematic couples therapy
    Emotion-focused therapy
    Interpersonal therapy
    Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy
      • Anxiety Disorder:

      Acceptance and commitment therapy
      Cognitive-behavioural therapy
      Partner-assired exposure for panic disorder
      Psychodynamic psychotherapy
        • Bipolar Disorders: 

        Cognitive Behavioural therapy
        Family-based therapy
        Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy
          • Personality Disorders Cluster B (borderline, narcissistic, histrionic, antisocial):

          Dialectical-behavioural therapy

          Mentalization-based therapy
          Schema-focused therapy
          Transference-focused psychotherapy
            • Personality disorders: cluster C (obsessive-compulsive, avoidant, dependent):

            Cognitive-behavioural therapy
            Short-term dynamic psychotherapy
            Post-traumatic Stress Disorder:
            Cognitive-behavioural therapy
            Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
            Interpersonal therapy
            Narrative exposure therapy
            Psychodynamic therapy
            Stress inoculation training
              • Eating Disorders: Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa :

              Cognitive-behavioural therapy
              Emotional and social mind training
              Focal psychotherapy
              Hypnobehavioural therapy
              Integrative cognitive-affective therapy
              Interpersonal therapy
                • Obsessive-Complusive Disorder:

                Cognitive-behavioural therapy
                (exposure and ritual prevention)
                  • Schizophrenia:

                  Cognitive-behavioural therapy
                  Family-focused therapy
                  Acceptance and commitment therapy

                  We offer the above treatment programs to individuals, couples, family and youth.

                  Upon first contact with us, our intake worker does an early evaluation on the type of counselling you need based on the information you provide. We then refer you to our first available counsellor who specializes on areas related to your situation.

                  Following, our therapists use evidence-based practice (EBP) to decide on applying any of the  above psychotherapy approaches to work with a specific client. EBP specifies three types of information that can help decide on the appropriate psychotherapy:

                  1) client characteristics, 2) research evidence, and 3) therapist’s clinical expertise.

                  For further inquiries, please contact us at our main office:

                  Contact number: 778-889-0591

                  Find out more about each of our treatment programs, by clicking on the pictures below.

                  FAQ for Counselling Services:

                  1. How to schedule an appointment with our counsellors?

                  • Over the phone. Contact us: 778-883-0591
                  • Messaging on Social Media: We are available on Facebook+Twitter
                  • By email:

                  Upon your first contact we evaluate your situation and set up an appointment with our first available counsellor.

                  2. How do I know everything is confidential?

                  As your assigned counselor your therapist is required and ethically bound to keep the information you share with confidential. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Here are the situations where we have to act on:

                  • If you share information with a counsellor about child abuse or harm to a child.
                  • If you threaten to harm yourself or others.
                  • If your file or this therapist were to be subpoenaed by court, then your therapist have a legal obligation to report these information to the proper authorities.

                  3. What forms do I need to fill in the first visit?

                  In the first session, we ask you to sign the confidentiality form and give us some basic information for the intake form to be filled.

                  4. How long each counselling session takes?

                  Sessions are usually 1 hour long and clients usually choose to attend one session per week. If it is requested, meeting more than once a week can also be arranged as well as scheduling some sessions for longer time periods. Some sessions may be kept for a max of 10-15 min overtime and this is only for emergency situations.

                  5. How long do I need to come for counselling to see results?

                  As many sessions as you ask for or you desire, however we always suggest people give themselves time between 6 to 8 session to see results.

                  Some clients may choose to reduce the frequency of the session or decide to stop the therapy. In these cases it is important that you discuss your situations so we may be able to arrange for referral to other professionals. After a length of time, ending counselling can be a natural part of your therapeutic process.

                  6. Can I have any of my session online or over the phone?

                  Yes. We offer our Counselling services online, through skype or any other online tool you may use. Our counsellors are also available if phone conversation is the preferred type of communication for you.

                  8. What if I could not be able to pay the whole amount?

                  As professional counsellors we understand the financial challenges that some clients face for paying fees. Our society’s goal is to provide mental health care to as many community members as possible. For that reason, we have a sliding scale to adjust our charges based on your financial abilities, understanding your special situation.

                  9. Can I use my medical service plan to cover the charges?

                  No. However, you can use your extended insurance plan from work, if available, to cover the counselling fees.

                  10.What if I wanted to change my counsellor along the way?

                  For any particular reason, you can consult our head office to share your concerns and ask for a different referral.

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