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Why Seek Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Thoughts, emotions, and belief systems which are out of balance can lead to despair, anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, and a host of other situations including physical illness. Our thoughts effect our emotions, which in turn influence our behaviors. Talking it over with a compassionate and skilled practitioner can lead to positive change.

What’s The Difference?

While counselling is generally a more short term process, counselling and psychotherapy are both relationship-based “talking” therapies. Counselling is effective in treating single issue problems or concerns while therapy delves into deeper issues which may have originated in past experiences or traumas.

Both counselling and psychotherapy differ from life coaching in that your counsellor/therapist does not offer advice, but works with you to discover your own truths and helps you move forward to a more successful and satisfying life.

Counselling and psychotherapy can be approached from a number of different disciplines and modalities. As your counsellor/therapist it is my job and my pleasure to design a treatment strategy unique to you.


Success relies heavily upon the client/therapist relationship. In other words, it is important that you find the therapist who is the right fit for you.

Naturopath and kiniseologist, Pierre De Luca put it this way:

“In my mind, an ideal therapist is someone who has worked with the sick and dying, who is non-judgmental; a married therapist who has children, in-laws, pets, and all of the problems that come with them. An introspective and deeply spiritual person who has worked out their own issues and now has the time to help us work out ours.”

Services Offered

The following is a list of the reasons commonly given for seeking counselling or psychotherapy. You may not see your issue on this list. That’s okay, as human beings we share common experiences, but no two people are alike, and each situation is unique.

  • Individual, couples, and family counselling
  • Adult, child, and adolescent therapy
  • Grief and loss
  • Conflict resolution
  • Crisis
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Fear, anxiety, anger management
  • Dream work
  • Phobias


My name is Norma Hillyer Shephard. I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with experience in both clinical and private practice settings. When you make an appointment, you will not have to disclose your issue to the receptionist. Come in for a free 20-minute consultation. I will let you know if I can help you. Whatever the issue, we offer honesty, insight, and confidentially.

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