Services are provided by insured and highly qualified, fully supervised Registered Clinical Counsellors, Registered Social Workers with Masters Degrees, and interns from accredited Counselling Psychology or Social Work programs (Degree and/or Diploma programs)
Our services are intended for those who cannot afford typical private therapy rates and are not eligible for public services. Please note that our counsellors/social workers are typically newer graduates or interns on school practicums therefore if you are looking for experienced (for example 5-plus years) you should instead contact private therapists or direct service providers within the public sector, such as Fraser Health or Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Child and Youth Mental Health, School District Counsellors or non-profit agencies in your community that are funded by Health Authorities, Schools Districts or MCFD.
We offer several counselling options – no one will be turned away due to their financial circumstances.
We have some affiliated private counsellors (limited availability) in Vancouver, Port Moody and Abbotsford who charge $50-$65 or more (for those with coverage, fees may be at traditional rates before the lower fee services can be accessed, please discuss with that private counsellor as agency does not collect and keep the fees, the private therapist does) – we will try to link clients to supports in those areas though ultimately may not be able to due to their limited availability.
Our $20 and ‘pay what you can’ services with interns on practicum are primarily in Surrey. There may be some very limited availability with interns in Vancouver, but please be advised if seeking this service you may need to come to Surrey or look elsewhere.
For fastest service, Please complete the attached document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also text 778-321-3054, email email@example.com or call 778-321-3054. To ensure the best match possible, please ensure you have identified which option you are requesting.
- Counselling with a Clinical Counsellor ($50 individual /$65 for couples and families). If you chose this option, please be advised that services are provided by the Counsellor (not Moving Forward Family Services); we simply provide the referral to the Counsellor. All subsequent correspondence should be with the Counsellor, and any Client-related material is kept by that Counsellor.
- $20 services with fully insured, supervised Interns on practicums. Note that there may be limited services available evenings and weekends for this service.
- Services for less than $20 with fully insured, supervised Interns on practicums. Note that these services are only available during the weekdays, between 9 am and 4 pm.
Regardless of the option you choose, the following principles apply:
Benefits and Risks
Most people engaging in therapy achieve beneficial results. Through therapy you may gain a clearer understanding of the assumptions you hold about yourself and the world around you. You many gain insight into your goals and values, and develop skills that will help you achieve those goals. Counselling can become the setting in which you are free to explore and analyze the effects of past experiences on you today. Some people are surprised to achieve positive changes and insights that were not expected or planned.
Therapy does have potential risks, however. Therapy takes time and requires you to rehash and re-experience events in your life that may cause you discomfort and evoke strong emotions. The ultimate goal of therapy is to set you free of symptoms so that you are able to be aware, and experience your possibilities in life. It is a process of self-exploration and growth. This requires change and all change can be effortful, scary and disruptive to current conditions. Thus, you may find that therapy will make you feel worse before you begin to feel better. It is important that these possibilities are considered before you make the decision to engage in therapy. However, if you do choose to move forward, you and your Counsellor will work together to manifest the goals of therapy in the best way possible.
The information you reveal in counselling sessions will be confidential with a few exceptions. In other words, the Counsellor will not disclose anything discussed in sessions without your permission, to any third party, unless the following situations arise:
- If there is suspicion of child abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults
- If there is suspicion of serious and imminent risk of physically harming yourself or others
- If you reveal to Counsellor that you have been sexually abused by another regulated health professional
- If the court subpoenas your records
The Counsellor may legally share information with a third party if you direct them to do so, and you may revoke this decision at any time.
Confidentiality is limited in group therapy. Because of the number of individuals involved in group therapy, whether it is couples’ therapy or family therapy, the Counsellor is not solely able to control the flow of information from the group to outside of the counselling setting.
As well, in couples/family therapy, if you or your partner decide to include individual sessions as an extension to group therapy, what you say in those individual sessions are still considered joint sessions. Please do not disclose information that you would like to be kept a secret from your partner in these sessions. Your Counsellor will remind you of this policy before you begin your individual sessions.
There is also limited confidentiality when communicating electronically. Any email sent and received may be printed out, filed, and then deleted by the Counsellor. If the email sent is unencrypted, it is not completely confidential. Technically, all emails are retained by the Internet provider and can, in theory, be accessed by them.
Overview of informed consent
Giving your informed consent represents your active participation with the decisions made in the counselling process. Informed consent is a continuous process. If at any time, you feel uncomfortable with the process, you have the right to refuse and/or withdraw from counselling.
You have the right to ask any questions you may have about therapy. You have the right to refuse any counselling techniques or terminate counselling at any time.
It is common practice in counselling to maintain brief records of sessions and progress. These records will mainly note your presence, what interventions were used in session, and the topics of discussion during sessions. You are entitled to a copy of your records, or should you wish, a summary of your sessions can be prepared for you. The Counsellor will keep your records in a secure location The Counsellor will not use your personal information for any purpose other than delivering counselling services to you.
It is expected that you will attend appointments on time and will make every effort, to advise the Counsellor, at least 24 hours in advance, if you cannot make the appointment. Missed appointments may incur late fees. Multiple misses may result in termination of service.
Goals for Counselling
You will collaborate with your counsellor to determine goals that are specific, observable, measurable, and concrete. Goals usually are one of three types: (1) those that change the doing of the problematic situation; (2) those that change the viewing of the situation or frame of reference; and/or (3) those that help clients access resources, solutions, and strengths. You do not need to establish goals prior to attending your first session; this will be discussed in detail with your counsellor as the counselling progresses.
Telephone, text or email communication
Agency Policy is that texting/emailing is only used for appointment reminders / if you forgot when next appointment was and need a reminder; the Counsellor is unable to communicate about anything else via text.
Please note that if you contact your Counsellor by text/email or leave a phone message, they may not be available to reply for several hours or possibly several days. We are an outpatient service, with services typically offered for 50 minutes once per week; this may not be sufficient to meet your needs. If you are struggling between counselling sessions, please consider contacting resources listed in a separate tab on our website.
If you requested counselling services with an Intern Counsellor in practicum, be aware that you may be asked to have counselling sessions recorded. The purpose of the recording is for the Intern’s continuous professional development – that the focus is not at all on you, but rather on ensuring the Intern Counsellor is doing the best clinical work possible. The recording would only be reviewed by the Intern’s school and site supervisors, and that it would be destroyed shortly after review.
Moving Forward Family Services Society is committed to providing an environment free from unacceptable conduct and behavior. Behaviors that require staff intervention may include but not limited to safety issues, disruptive or inappropriate behaviours, and harassment. Such interventions may include ending sessions early / terminating the therapeutic relationship.
Persons Under the Influence
Relevant staff, Clinical Supervisors, Manager and/or the Executive Director will request any person entering the Moving Forward Family Services Society to leave if they are under the influence of substances such as alcohol or drugs
However, this action does not occur under these circumstances:
- If it is determined by the program staff in consultation with the clinical supervisor and manager to be the client’s best interest to remain at the Moving Forward Family Services Society facility briefly in order to receive assessment counselling services
- The person under the influence is a minor
Moreover, if the individual under the influence has driven to the Moving Forward Family Services Society facility and insists on returning to their car, a staff member is to inform the individual that the Police will be notified.
If the individual insists on driving their car, the staff member will provide appropriate information to the local police detachment such as license plate number, model of the care, a description of the driver, and the direction of travel of the care.