Irene V. Peterson

Counselling Services Inc. 


About Therapy

How long are the sessions?

Counselling sessions are typically one hour in length. Arrangements for longer/shorter sessions can be made in consultation with Irene.

What is confidentiality?

When can confidentiality be broken? Confidentiality means that all communications and records relating to the provision of clinical services are private and confidential. This information may not be disclosed without your written consent. It is important to know that the law places certain limits on the confidential nature of clinical services. These limits may arise if the therapist perceives that there is a risk of harm in situations such as the following:

  • If you present an imminent danger to yourself or others, the law requires that steps be taken to prevent such harm;
  • If a child is in need of protection, a report must be filed with the appropriate agency or authority;
  • If a vulnerable adult is abused or neglected, a report needs to be filed with appropriate government agency.
Financial Information

Coverage may be provided through some Employee Assistance Programs, Criminal Injury Compensation Program, WorkSafe BC, First Nations Health, Indian Residential School Program, Fraser Health, and Veterans Affairs. The accepted methods of payment are cheque or e-transfer. Please contact Irene for additional information. Please note that 24 hours notice is required for cancellations.

Benefits of Therapy

There are many benefits to therapy and each individual determines their personal goals in therapy. Therapy can help a person to gain new understanding about their lives and how it is currently assisting or hindering them in achieving their personal goals. Therapy allows a person to learn new ways of coping and solving their own identified problems. Therapy can help a person to develop new skills and to change behaviour patterns. Therapy can contribute to improved ability to cope with stress and difficult situations and can increase understanding of self and others. Essentially, the therapy process is a personal one between the individual and the therapist. The therapist is there to help an individual achieve their own goals not the goals of the therapist. Although a therapist can help a person identify the goals they would like to achieve, the therapist does not tell a person what is their ‘problem’.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (make link to is a method of therapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating people who have survived a traumatic event. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements of many different treatment approached. EMDR has been developed and evolved through the contributions of therapist and researches all over the world.

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