Counselling Calgary – Living Well Counselling Calgary
*UPDATE as of November/December 2021* We are still open and are encouraging all clients to access therapy by telephone counselling or online counselling using one of our available and confidential online counselling platforms. For those that cannot find a safe, private place to meet our Counsellors and Registered Psychologists will continue to be available like many other workers in the health professions. Mental health is intricately connected to physical health. Because stress suppresses our immune systems, and because people are facing a range of serious challenges we feel that staying open and available to Calgarians in need is the best response at this time. I am a born and raised Calgarian myself and care deeply for our residents. For those that need in-office therapy our offices are being cleaned with a Bioesque Disinfectant that is on the Government of Canada approved list for use against COVID-19, extra hand soap is available, and all offices are equipped with air purifiers. We encourage thorough handwashing for 3 min upon entry and leaving. Please indicate on the Request an Appointment form whether you would like to try a free 20 min online counselling session to see if this is a good fit for you. We are offering these to all Calgary residents first who are unsure if online counselling or telephone counselling would be a good fit for them.
If you are facing a mental health crisis that poses a serious risk please indicate that and your request will be triaged accordingly. We thank you for trusting us to be of assistance to you during this time, and we will be working hard to provide the best help we can during this crisis. For additional updates and free resources for your mental health, please visit our FaceBook page at facebook.com/livingwellcounselling.
Sending love from all of us to you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
Jennifer Dawn Watts, MA, CPC
Two Calgary Counselling locations Now Also Offering Online Counselling
To those who’ve found us, I’m glad you’re here. It’s my hope that you find what you’re looking for. As a client myself I’ve understood some of the challenges in seeking therapy, so I’ve created Living Well Counselling to be a genuine place that helps to alleviate some of those concerns. It can still be hard to take the leap of faith, but YOU are your best investment. Wishing you all the best in your journey of becoming who you really are ~Jennifer Dawn Watts, MA
What makes Living Well unique – online counselling?
In 2008 Living Well Counselling was created for counselling local residents primarily, but has extended to helping clients world-wide. We started with particular values in mind, and these values were shaped around our own experiences. As Counsellors and Psychologists learning what was effective, and also for some of us as clients ourselves. We’ve spent over 10 years learning what works best, and here are some of our core values with you in mind…
First, we seek to provide a safe space. What that means is that:
- You will be heard
- You will experience acceptance
- You will be treated as an equal, with equal rights and responsibilities in the therapeutic alliance you form, rather than being seen or treated as a “patient”. Living Well Counselling is not about “mental illness” or shame, it’s simply about moving toward your goals and being the best you that you can be.
- We also provide telephone counselling / online counselling to help you through our current crisis
We don’t expect our bodies to work perfectly 100% of the time, so why would we expect that of our minds? One day there will be no shame in seeking therapy, it will be just as simple as making an appointment with our family doctor or GP.
Second, we seek to be effective counsellors. This means:
Therapy will be a collaborative process where you and your Counsellor / Psychologist work together to find the best solutions for your particular situation.
It will be goal-oriented meaning they will help you formulate and work toward your goals.
They will be well trained, with a minimum of a Masters degree, many with thousands of direct client hour experience before seeing you, and will be Registered with a governing body, completing ongoing continuing education & supervision.
You will be paired with your Counsellor / Psychologist based on what you are looking for. For example, if you are hoping to see a Christian Psychologist, or a Marriage Counsellor, or a Counsellor that is LGBTQ safe and affirming, just make a note in your Appointment Request.
Third, we care about being affordable.
We realize that one of the biggest obstacles for people seeking treatment is cost. Because of this, as an agency:
We offer the first 20 minutes with us FREE. You don’t need to pay for a session to see if we’re a good fit for you. If you’d like to meet us, the first 20 minute session is on us.
We offer many Counsellors & Psychologists Calgary with rates below the suggested rate by the PAA, and lower than many agencies in the city.
We offer the full hour to our clients, as opposed to industry standard 50 minute sessions, so that clients can have a real hour.
We have counsellors in Calgary that are Certified, Registered Psychologists and Registered Social Workers to ensure benefits coverage.
We charge the same rate for Marriage Counselling & Couples Counselling as we do for all clients. You don’t have to pay more to work on your relationship.
Should benefits run out, we offer those in need sliding scale options. There are no forms to fill out or difficulties in proving income, our Psychologists will speak directly with you about what you need and make payment arrangements with you so that you can continue to pursue your goals even if finances are a concern. Currently, due to the increased volume of requests that we have been receiving lately, our capacity to offer a sliding fee scale has been limited. Please feel free to contact us directly to inquire about our current capacity to offer a sliding fee scale.
Although Living Well is a Calgary practice, we also serve clients through online counselling and telephone counselling from the comfort of your own home. If childcare is a concern, or work only allows for a one hour break, these advances in the field can make therapy more convenient while still helping you make time to move toward your goals. Call our Counselling Centre at 403.695.7911 or fill out our Appointment Request. If you’d like to meet someone in office, we have two Calgary Counselling Centres available, and two additional private offices to offer you services. Our main locations are 4803 Centre St. NW & 39 Inglewood Park SE. We also have some openings for counselling in Cochrane. Contact our Intake Coordinator at 403.695.7911 if you have further questions about which location, or therapist, may suit you best.
Did you know that our founder Jennifer Dawn Watts now has over 10,000 followers online? Go to twitter.com for her insights, quotes and free advice.