We have a wide range of experience to draw from when counselling. Some of us studied psychology or counselling and have a clinical background to draw on. Some learned from family about the value of helping others and have been volunteering all our lives. Others simply have a knack for connecting with people. You can trust us because no matter our experience, we all have professional training in how to be a counsellor.
Many of us are counsellors because we have been through our own challenges. Some of us have struggled with emotional and sexual abuse, bullying, addiction, eating disorders, and mental illness. We’ve lost people close to us. Some of us battle anxiety and depression.
Many of us continue to work through these issues on a daily basis. When times were hard, we turned to resources like Kids Help Phone ourselves and we know how much they can help. Maybe we had influential counsellors of our own when we were teenagers who helped us through tough times, and we want to follow their example. Or maybe we didn’t have anyone to reach out to and remember just how difficult that was.
All of us are motivated by the desire to make a positive change in someone’s life and to be there when times are hard. We value listening, empathy, compassion, curiosity, creativity, open minds and open hearts. We know it is not our job to judge: we’re here to listen and help you find the answers you already have within you.