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​Can Counselling Help?

People contact a counsellor when:

  • life feels overwhelming
  • they are stressed, anxious and/or depressed
  • past trauma is being triggered 
  • their relationship is struggling
  • what they have tried in the past is no longer working
  • they believe life can be better

Counselling can:

  • bring clarity about situations or decisions
  • build on your strengths and what is already working well in your life
  • move toward healing past trauma
  • create more intimacy and closeness with a partner or family
  • give a different perspective to a situation
  • support you in taking steps toward the life you want

After doing EMDR, I wasn't affected by the things that have bothered me for almost 20 years. I was less reactive with my family and more able to really connect with people I care about. 

Ed, 55 yrs 

Emergency Responder

I stopped having some of the triggers, like recurring dreams, flashbacks and avoiding reminders of the trauma. Childhood memories don't control me like they used to. 

Jessica, 31

Intergenerational Trauma Survivor

I am starting to see signs of progress and change. I have a stronger voice and more awareness of what I need in relationships

I have left an abusive partner and am now starting to deal with stuff from childhood.

Janice, 42

Policy Analyst

Questions about Counselling

How long does it take? 

Sessions are generally an hour. EMDR sessions often take 1.5 hrs. There can be lots to talk about. If you think you need longer than an hour, let me know and we can figure out something that will work for you. 

When will I know if its working? 

You will likely get a sense in our first meeting about whether this will be something that could work for you. Some people notice that they feel lighter after meeting with me. Others find that it takes time to start to change the patterns that contribute to the situation. I want to know whether its working for you or not. If it isn't, I might have some ideas about other things that can help.

How much does it cost? 

Sessions are often covered by Indigenous Services Canada if you have a status or N number, or if you have a family member who attended residential school. Other programs that have funded counselling include Children with Disabilities and some EAP services (Yukon Government, Air North). If you want to pay independently, there is a sliding scale depending on your family income and access to benefits. The scale is between $100-150/hr. If you have benefits or insurance, you can submit the receipt under "psychological services or social work". 

What do I talk about? 

Anything! You don't have to come prepared with what to say. I will ask you about what you are hoping to get out of meeting with me. If there are things in particular that you want to ask me about or talk about, let me know! I will follow your lead.

What else do I need to know? 

That it's not all serious! We will definitely talk about the heavier stuff. But we will also probably laugh about things too. Laughing activates the vagus nerve, helps to create equilibrium in your nervous system and settles the stress response. It is one of the parts I love about my work--we can find ways to laugh even if we are working through serious topics. 

Is there a wait list?

I prefer not have a wait list. If I have space for new people, I will let you know. I often have a full practice and do not have space for new people but if it is the right fit and I have some availability, I will try and make space.

How do I get started?

You can call me, email me, or send me a message through this website. Texting is also a good way to reach me. I will get back to you within 1-5 business days. We will talk about what you are looking for and whether I might be able to help. We will talk about if there is currently space for me to take on someone new. Then we'll set up a time to meet. After meeting, you will have a sense of who I am, and whether counselling might be a fit for you.


Jen Olson, MSW RSW 

 867 334 6074

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