#1: “Where is Cheam Centre located?”
Cheam Centre is located in East Abbotsford, 15 minutes from both Abbotsford and Chilliwack city centre’s. For those looking for a location closer to the city we also have an easy access satellite office space at the 200th Freeway Exit; 8661- 201st Street, Langley. For more direction information please go to googlemap.
#2: “What can I expect when I come to counselling?”
Counselling provides you with a safe space to explore life issues and challenges that are affecting your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. You and your therapist will work together towards greater understanding and insight. Attaining your therapeutic goals may include working in an individual, family, and/or couple setting.
#3: “Is what I talk about confidential?”
Contents of all therapy sessions are considered to be confidential. Both verbal and written information cannot be shared with another party without the written consent of the client or the client’s legal guardian. Exceptions are: 1) If a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm themselves and/or another; 2) If a client states or suggests that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or has recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse.
#4: “What is the age of consent for therapy?”
The Infants Act in British Columbia says that children (anyone under 19 years of age) can consent (agree) to their own medical or mental health care - if they're capable. The law considers children to be capable if they understand the need for treatment, what the treatment involves, and the benefits and risks of getting or not getting the treatment (according to Family Law Act, Legal Services Society of B.C.).
#5: “How long is a session and how many sessions can I expect to attend?”
A typical session is one hour in length, however, some sessions require more time. The amount of sessions is uniquely different according to the issues presented at time of assessment.
“Our family was apprehensive about coming for counselling (even though we knew we needed it). But after we arrived, we were immediatly put at ease. We loved some of the communication exercises that Deana took us through.”
Abbotsford family (name withheld for privacy)