Career transitions can be challenging. Work and how individuals participate in the workforce hold various meaning for different people. Career and workforce participation can also be a significant contributing element to an individual’s identity in the world. When an individual experiences changes in their ability to participate in employment or the advancement of career opportunities through economic downturn, physical or mental health changes, diagnosis of a disability, or other life events, this shift can come with a variety of emotional changes to consider that goes beyond education level and financial needs. Perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle of your career journey and your career just isn’t what you had imagined it would be, as a result, leading to feelings of disappointment, dissatisfaction, and discouragement? There is a way to feel inspired and participate in work that leads to a greater sense of meaning and fulfillment. Career counselling is helpful for people who are going through career transitions or life difficulties which are affecting workplace performance. There is no need to do things alone.
Career counselling can be helpful for those who are suffering from:
• Depression and anxiety management in the workplace
• Return to work anxiety after prolonged absence
• Career exploration and decision-making challenges
• Career transitions and Career development
• Exploring and Identifying transferable skills, aptitudes, interest, and fit
• Diagnosis of a disability and management of a chronic condition
• Managing a disability in the workplace
• Abuse (physical, mental, verbal or sexual (historical or present)
• Effective communication and relationships with colleagues
• Grief and loss, feelings of anger and isolation
• Stress Management
• Conflict Resolution
• Retirement Concerns
• Career Coaching
• Striving for advancement in your current career
• Living a fuller and more meaningful life
The first time that you visit with your therapist you may feel uncomfortable or hesitant to share. It is not easy to open up to a stranger. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. If, for whatever reason you don’t feel that the therapist is ‘a good fit’ for you, you can ask to change therapists. Your comfort level is the most important thing to us. Exploration of your issues in a therapeutic relationship that is safe and trusting helps to achieve growth and change .We call this the ‘therapeutic relationship’. Together we will work out a plan that will most benefit you. This is called a ‘treatment plan’.
The Therapist works with you to reach your goals. Through exploration, asking thoughtful questions, skills development, education and the use of many therapeutic skills and strategies you will collaborate to achieve your goals.
Practicing new skills with your counsellor helps you to prepare for using them in the real world. When experimenting with new skills and strategies you will receive valuable feedback through your successes, failures and relapses. Finding the courage to try new skills will lead to growth and change.
What to expect from Therapy
The therapeutic hour is typically 50 minutes. Therapy can be short term i.e. 2- 6 sessions or longer term i.e. two or more months depending on the issues to be explored. More complex issues will take longer. Usually appointments are booked weekly, however we are aware that sometimes financial obligations makes it difficult to come as frequently and we work with you to make it work for you.
When the individual feels that their goals have been met and they are able to maintain new patterns of ‘being in the world’ therapy is complete. Many clients do, however, like to come back less frequently for ‘tune ups’ or when new difficulties or life transitions present themselves. Client may return even years after not needing the services. It is always nice to see where clients take themselves in life.