What can I expect from counseling?

When you start your search for counseling in Vancouver and the surrounding towns, you may not know what to expect. Don’t worry. Counseling looks different with each therapist and sometimes even each session. We are creative and eclectic in style and will collaborate with you to meet your needs. You can expect to feel a certain amount of discomfort when attending therapy. Sometimes talking about the hard stuff might even feel worse to begin with. Many clients report a sense of anxiety in anticipation of the first session, followed by a sense of relief after counseling has been initiated. Most clients feel they are ready to work on the challenge they are addressing and find relief in that in a short period of time.

How does counseling work?

There has been a fair amount of research to help us better understand why therapy works. There are many evidenced-based models that promote increased growth and favorable results, it is ultimately up to each client to determine what they want out of therapy. One aspect (that is correlated strongly with a positive outcome)  is our relationship with each client. A strong, warm, compassionate connection to each individualcouple or family that walks through the doors is a primary focus.

Individual vs. Couples vs. Family Therapy

There are many therapists offering counseling in Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Before you begin your search, you may want to confirm which type of counseling is a good fit. I often have clients ask, “What kind of counseling is best for me?” There is no easy answer or a one size fits all approach, however there are some factors to consider. With individual counseling you get 100% of the focus. You are able to speak freely, and work through a variety of troubling factors. The downside is you are the only one to do the work and make the changes. Individual counseling might be right for you if you are not able/ready to share your concerns with others around you, or if you wish to focus on aspects such as depression, anxiety, past trauma, gender diverse questions, etc. Couples counseling or relationship therapy is a unique experience in which you can work through relationship specific challenges. Often couples seek out therapy to learn better communication, define relationship roles or expectations, have difficulty finding pleasure in sex or intimacy, or are recovering from infidelity. Family counseling is an effective approach to finding peace within your family system. It is often most beneficial for families in which stress or trauma has led to an increase in conflict and trouble with communication. Family counseling can open up the lines of communication, allow for better insight into each personalty and needs, and heal attachment wounds.

What does a sexologist do?

Being a sexologist isn’t as scandalous as the job title might suggest. Sexology is the general term for the scientific study of human sexuality and
sexual behavior, and the people who study it are referred to as sexologists. Some people think sexologists and sex therapists are one and the
same

Do we need a sex therapist?

The goal of sex therapy is to help people move past physical and emotional challenges to have a satisfying relationship and pleasurable sex life.
Sexual dysfunction is common. In fact, 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men report experiencing some type of sexual dysfunction during
their lifetimes

What is a sex addict called?

Sexual addiction is a condition in which an individual cannot manage their sexual behavior. … Other terms for sexual addiction are sexual
dependency, hypersexuality, and compulsive sexual behavior. It is also known as nymphomania in females and satyriasis in men.

What is Sexomnia?

Sexsomnia, also known as sleep sex, is a distinct form of parasomnia, or an abnormal activity that occurs while an individual is asleep. Sexsomnia
is characterized by an individual engaging in sexual acts while in non rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep

What is clinical sexology?

Sexology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality, including sexual behaviors, interests and function. A sexologist is a trained
professional who specializes in human sexuality. …