Aly Giesbrecht Counselling

MA Counselling
Who

Therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. There are thought to be two experts in the therapeutic relationship...

Therapy Office
What

There are some basic things you can expect from therapy, including standards of practice, basic flow of sessions, and more...

Why

People come to therapy for many reasons and no reason too big or too small. Here are some common reasons people seek therapy and benefits...

How

Therapy can take on a variety of forms, from individual to group therapy, online to in-person, talking to artistic expression...

 
My Approach

My therapeutic approach tends to be a blend of Attachment theory, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. However, I tailor my approach to the needs of each client and so make use of other therapy styles from time to time. I also have some training in neuroscience and addictions. 

I offer a warm, accepting, nonjudgemental environment for you to address whatever is on your mind. 

a note about what therapy is not...

There are some misconceptions about what therapy is or what it says about you if you access it. I'd like to take the opportunity to address a few here:

Therapy not a sign of weakness. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and seek help. Seeking help truly shows strength. Contrary to popular belief, in many ways it's 'easier' and 'safer' to stay silent and struggle alone (even though the effects of struggling alone are by no means easy or safe). But it's important to know: there truly is not a single person alive who does not need help at some point or another. 

Therapy is not just for those who are "really messed up". Sadly, this is another misconception that prevents people from reaping the benefits of therapy. It also spurs on negative judgments toward those who are struggling in life. No one is 'above' therapy. 

 

Therapy is not an indication that you are somehow inadequate in skills, ability, or strength. It shows that you're human and are in the process of growing and learning. There is never a point where any of us is beyond growth or learning. 

Therapy is not only about focusing on what's going wrong in your life--it's about focusing on what's meaningful in your life. Addressing what's not going well is absolutely an important part of therapy, but as your therapist, I'm also interested in celebrating with you what's going well for you--so don't be shy about letting me know about those things too!

 
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou