Online Counselling Therapy in Canada

Hi there, my name is Myriame, and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering online counselling in Canada for British Columbians.

 

You may be feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks, worried about the future, or even stuck and in a rut. I hear you, and I’m here to help.

 

I have a passion for helping people courageously change - to feel less stressed, anxious or stuck in their everyday life - through emotional awareness and resiliency, mindfulness, and evidence-based practices. Ultimately, I want you to feel better. If you’re curious about creating a change, schedule a free phone consultation with me today.

woman in car with phone doing on online counselling session
man on couch with laptop in a counselling session
Online Counselling - a laptop is set up on a desk for online counselling

My approach to online counselling in Canada

 

Similar to in-person counselling sessions, online counselling offers you a safe space to talk about what you want to talk about. Whether you are experiencing current challenges, past concerns or going through life experiences, online therapy in Canada provides an opportunity to make space for it all.

 

Together, we will explore your story, make connections between past, present and future experiences, uncover new truths, and start healing and resolving what is keeping you stuck.  

 

What differentiates online counselling from in-person counselling is that you can get the mental health support you need, want and deserve from the comfort and privacy of your own home. You can even attend sessions from your car or park bench, wherever you can talk freely with privacy.

 

When you book an online session, you will have the option to choose between a phone or video session. Phone sessions may be good for those who prefer to walk and talk or who just feel more comfortable talking over the phone. Phone sessions are also a good format option if you are nervous about your first appointment and want to ease into the counselling experience. Video sessions, on the other hand, may be a good fit for those who prefer seeing their counsellor’s face, who might be more of a “visual person,” or for those who are familiar with in-person counselling therapy and want to recreate that environment more closely. I think it goes without saying that these reasons are not exclusive but might be helpful in making a choice about the format when booking in a session. And more importantly, you are able to give both of these format options a try to see which you prefer best.    

 

In an online counselling session similar to an in-person session, we also have the opportunity to integrate mindfulness, somatic experiencing, emotional awareness while using evidence-based practices, such as mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Because I’ve been supporting those living with chronic illnesses across British Columbia (BC), I have been offering online counselling for some time now. So while online counselling may be new to you, it’s something that I’ve become quite comfortable with over the years. If you have any questions about the format or software of online counselling sessions, feel free to get in touch. 

Online Counselling Therapy FAQs 

 

How to prepare for online counselling?

  • Create a safe and comfortable space for the duration of your 50 minute session (e.g., make tea/coffee, have accessible tissues, keep a blanket/pillow nearby/be in a space where you can talk freely).

  • Make sure your internet connection is as good as possible. Discuss back-up options with your counsellor at the start of the session in case connection is poor. If Jane App's secure video fails, try Doxy.me or a phone call.

  • Use headphones to ensure privacy/confidentiality, and if surrounding noise is distracting. 

  • If living with others, let them know that you should not be disturbed for 50 minutes.

  • If needed, you can type or write down and show what might be too difficult to say out loud.

Is online counselling for crises only? 

While counselling can be an important service to access when in time of crisis, you do not need to be in crisis to get support. Counselling in any format is meant to help you gain insight and meaning about your life. And this can be transformational!

What are the benefits of online counselling?

One of the first benefits of online counselling is that you can access it from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether that's on a walk, in your car, on a park bench, or even on your couch cozied up with a blanket and tea. Online counselling also reduces travel time to and from appointments because you can access your session through a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. It's easy accessible and time efficient.

woman on couch with tablet in an online session

What is the meaning of online counselling?

Very simply, online counselling means that you can access one-on-one mental health support from a qualified and registered Clinical Counsellor with your phone or video call through a stable internet connection. 

 

Is online counselling effective?

Online counselling is just as effective as in-person sessions. While the format may be different because you are on the phone or on video, the therapeutic modalities, strategies and tools used are the same. If on a phone session, where we cannot see each other's faces,  I might more frequently ask for physical descriptions of your posture or sitting style in order to get a more holistic picture of your current experience. When on a video session, I might send you links in the chat option to resources to use in session or between sessions. If you are a visual person like me, I might even share my screen with you to go through a resource together. 

How do you do online counselling?

Nowadays, online counselling in Canada is secure and easy. Here are 5 common steps to do online counselling:

  1. Book a session online through my schedule (book now)

  2. Create a client profile and sign the Informed Consent form 

  3. Get a confirmation email for the booking

  4. Prepare for the session 15min before the start time

  5. For phone session - wait for my phone call. For video sessions, click the video link in the email that is sent 30 minutes before our session

Get online therapy from a Registered Clinical Counsellor

 

I know taking the first step to getting support is hard. Thank you for being here. 

 

“Shopping around” for a counsellor is normal, and it can take some time to find the right one. If you feel a tad bit curious about me or my counselling services, please reach out for a free 15 minutes phone consultation to see if I’m the right fit for you.