Counselling Services

What are the counselling services offered at HUM?

At HUM, we begin all of our services with a comprehensive assessment to identify the client’s needs.  The assessment helps determine the specific needs of the individual and tailor their treatment plan accordingly.

Once the assessment process is completed, our approach to counselling is through psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy is a general term referring to a therapeutic interaction or treatment between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group.  The problems addressed vary in nature and degree.

Psychotherapy services at HUM are provided by our integrated health team that includes registered psychologists, registered social workers and physicians. Our psychotherapeutic approach draws from a variety of models and incorporates aspects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.

Counselling services will be determined based on your needs and can include individual, couples/marriage and group counselling.  Individual appointments are 1 hour, couples appointments can be 1 hour (standard) or 1.5 hour (by request) and group therapy is 2 hours per session.

What are the benefits of counselling?

Counselling using a psychotherapeutic approach aims to increase an individual’s sense of his/her own well being.  At HUM, we use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).  Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.

While counselling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek professional support:

  • You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
  • You are unable to concentrate on your work or other activities
  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
  • You have experienced a loss
  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
  • You feel an overall lack of control and that parts of life are unmanageable
  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else