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Are you experiencing overwhelming emotions, unwanted thoughts, challenging relationships, codependency, unhelpful habits or addiction? You are not alone, anyone can benefit from counselling at some point in their lives; we all need help from time to time.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most uncomfortable emotions we can feel and can take away our motivation and joy in life. If you are feeling stuck in life, I can help by listening to your concerns and providing the support you need.
I work with anxiety and depression, situational crisis, grief, loss, transition, stress, addiction and codependency.
The primary modality I work from is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however, I incorporate many elements into the work I do with clients depending on their needs.
I realize that the decision to start therapy can be terrifying and takes a lot of courage, believe me, I have been there myself. I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to discuss your concerns. You are the expert in your own life and by working together, we will come up with a customized treatment plan.
Looking to find a therapist? Individual and group therapy sessions are available. Ask about the upcoming addiction and codependency groups.
As your counsellor, my focus is to help you heal, energize, and become aware of your inner strengths. I do this by providing you with a neutral and safe space where you can be listened to, free of judgment.
Together we can reach your goals with a customized treatment plan that takes all of your concerns into account.
My purpose is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward, bringing you where you want to be in your life.
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This 6-week group provides both education and support for codependency. Topics we will explore include:
- What codependency involves and where it comes from
- Healthy Thinking
- How to express emotions
- Elements of healthy relationships
- Assertive communication
- Boundaries, what they are and how to set them
- How to continue healing moving forward
The cost of the 6-week group is $497 plus GST
Please phone Valerie at 250-216-1105 to book your spot or to be placed on a waitlist. Spaces are limited.
Please contact me for more information if you have any questions about courses, group sessions, or individual treatments!
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience in our lives.
Together through counselling, I can help you recover the motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Discover the many benefits that counselling can bring. Click here to book your free consultation appointment!
Do you have difficulty making decisions in a relationship? Do you find it hard to identify your feelings? Or maybe you find yourself valuing the approval of others more than you're valuing yourself.
If any of these apply, codependency treatment may be a step in the right direction!
I specialize in alcohol and drug dependencies, but reliances can take many forms. Have you or a loved one noticed increased secrecy, like lying about the amount of substance used or time spent on something? Maybe there's a lack of interest in hobbies or activities that used to be important to you.
While symptoms differ for everyone, if this feels relatable, it may be time to look at treatment for dependency!
Current Group - Spring 2023
May 4 to June 22, 2023
$497.00 plus GST.
This 8-week group provides education
and support for codependency.
For more information or to sign up,
please call 250-216-1105.
Facilitator: ValerieMacNeilM.Ed., RCC
When: Thursdays 6pm-8:30pm
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are offered at $157.50 per session, which includes GST.
Payments are due at the time of service and a receipt will be issued at the end of the session.
If for any reason you need to miss a session, I require 24 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in a charge for the full session fee ($157.50).
our appointment time is reserved just for you and because of this, other clients have been placed on a waiting list. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the therapist’s day that could have been filled by another client and a loss of income for the therapist.
As such, I require 24 business hours notice for any cancellations or changes to your appointment. This means that appointments on Monday or following a long weekend must be cancelled before the appointment time on the previous Friday.
within a day or two
Patients who provide less than 24 hours notice, or miss their appointment, will be charged a cancellation fee of $157.50, due the day of the missed appointment. No exceptions.
Until the cancellation fee has been paid, the client cannot book another session. For late cancellations due to bad weather or illness, a phone or virtual session will be offered at the booked appointment time. In the event of illness, Valerie will attempt, if possible, to find another time within a day or two, to have the phone or virtual session.
If you choose not to have the phone or virtual session at one of the times offered, you will be required to pay the full fee the same day.
It is your right to have the information you disclose remain confidential.
For this reason, the information you choose to disclose will remain strictly confidential, except where given written permission.
While you have a right to confidentiality, some limitations to this apply including the following exceptions:
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs) are members of a professional counselling organization called the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
BCACC requires its members to meet specific, extensive criteria in the area of counsellor education and training. Its members must also adhere to a strict code of ethics in their client work.
A counsellor with an RCC designation meets and commits to continuing to meet, the highest standards for their profession. A counsellor without an RCC designation will likely not meet these training, education, and ethical behaviour standards. Having counselling covered by your extended benefits often requires seeing an RCC.
Every person and every set of circumstances is different, but 10-12 sessions are common. Clients who would like to resolve multiple challenges, or who would like to focus on personal growth may choose to work with a counsellor for an extended period.
Clients who would like to resolve multiple challenges, or who would like to focus on personal growth may choose to work with a counsellor for an extended period. Ideally, clients generally attend once a week but may attend every other week if needed.
Once therapy is complete, follow-up or 'check-in’ sessions can be arranged, and if a new challenge arises, further counselling is available.
It is important to book regular sessions to keep continuity and maximize the benefits of our work together.
Counselling is an opportunity to explore and process difficulties related to behaviours, thoughts, feelings, memories and relationships.
Counselling can provide greater self-awareness, insight, and coping. I believe that the client is their own “best expert” and I, therefore, work collaboratively.
Counselling may require you to explore complex topics or memories and try new or different behaviours. These experiences can sometimes lead to stronger than usual emotions.
Effective counselling tries to minimize or manage these feelings, however, this requires cooperation between client and counsellor, and willingness on the client's part to express when emotions become difficult to manage.
300-1627 Fort Street, Victoria, BC,
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm PST - Closed Saturday and Sunday
- This is a judgment-free, safe, and supportive space that respects others' identities and backgrounds including pronouns, names, gender, sex, and sexualities. -