The General Counselling Program is short-term counselling for individuals who experience mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression, stress, interpersonal challenges, difficulty coping or adjusting to COVID. This service is open to all ages: children, youth, adults and seniors.
The General Counselling Program is a FREE program.
Individuals can self-refer by contacting our Clinical Counselling Services. Referrals can also be made through school counsellors and other professionals.
Our waitlist for January 2021 – March 2021 referrals is currently full. Please check back for updates.
What to Expect:
Upon referral or initial phone call, one of our Clinical Counselling staff will answer any questions you may have. We will conduct a brief assessment to ensure that this counselling service is the right fit for your needs.
As this is a teaching program for Master’s level counselling students, our program runs from September to May. Over the summer, we provide a limited number of counselling services, and we begin to create a waitlist of clients. Individuals can be referred throughout the year and will be matched to available counsellors / counselling student as space permits. You may be placed on a waitlist until a space becomes available.
Once you have booked your initial appointment, please read and familiarize yourself with our Participant Handbook, Confidentiality Agreement and our Consent to Services Form. Your counsellor / counselling student will go over these forms in your initial visit, and by familiarizing yourself with these forms beforehand, you spend less time on paperwork at your appointment.
Program Funding Update:
With support from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, Community Foundations of Canada and SurreyCares Community Foundation,
The Community Response Fund in partnership with Vancity Credit Union, the Vancouver Foundation, and the United Way Lower Mainland and the City of Vancouver, and
The Government of Canada’s Reaching Home fund: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Administered by Lu’ma Native Housing Society, Vancity, and Vancity Community Foundation;
We’ve been able to expand counselling services during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide members of our community with faster access to counselling.
Thank you for helping us to Strengthen Community!