It takes strength and courage to deal with one’s problems and to think about asking a therapist or counsellor for help. At Kalia Counselling we find honor and great privilege in actively listening to your stories and walking with you through your journey.
Kalia Counselling has devoted its energy to passionately advocate for mental health and holistic well-being to individuals and families. No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and guide you through health and well-being. Find out how you can embark on a journey of empowering yourself with the skills and tools you need to achieve the healthy state of being YOU.
To help you achieve and maintain positive changes to your life by helping you understand who you are, your relationships, what your strengths and negative patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior are. Ultimately, we strive to build the bridge from where you are to where you want to be.
Hello from the founder of Kalia Counselling! Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Jessica Kalia and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. My registration number is 13689. I believe it is my duty to serve you the best I can as a professional in the mental health field. Thus, it is my ethical responsibility to innovate and continue to learn regularly in my practice. As each client is different and unique, I use an approach that works best for you.
Professional History and Background:
I have obtained my Masters of Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle while being on the Dean’s List throughout my graduate program. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well. In addition to these qualifications, I have published a Master’s Thesis titled, “Child and Adolescent Depression: Using a CBT Approach”. Being a passionate learner, recently, in May 2016, I attended the Neuroscience for Clinicians: Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse conference in Houston, Texas.
In addition, since 2005, I have been dedicated to the helping field and have experience in a variety of counselling and social agencies where I worked with children, adults and seniors. Initially, when I became passionate about the mental health field and started my journey in this profession, I committed my time to volunteering at senior homes, children’s charity organizations, hospitals and as a crisis line worker where I provided emotional support and safety planning for suicidal callers. Also, for over 8 years I have been committed to volunteering as a Hindi language teacher and leadership skills advocate for youth. Soon after, I worked as an intake counsellor for employee and family assistance programs and health authorities as a mental health therapist intern. Having both experiences in the public and private sector, I am flexible in my work and have incorporated a variety of skills in my private practice.
Counselling offers an opportunity for insight, growth and change. It can be a source of support and hope in times of difficulty or crisis. We believe all individuals are resilient but at times we need support and direction in our lives. Our intentions are to serve you and be of best use to you. We value your dignity and trust. Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, physical health concerns, parenting, relationship issues, grief and loss, stress management or would like to work on personal growth, we can help. We believe in having a client- centered and strength based approach as well. As counselling is a cooperative process, we will work together focusing on you and your process of change and growth. With compassion, care and guidance we strive to build the bridge from where you are to where you want to be. It takes strength and courage to deal with one’s problems and to think about asking a therapist or counsellor for help. At Kalia Counselling we find honor and great privilege in actively listening to your stories and walking with you through your journey.
As each client is different and unique, we use an approach that works best for you. In our practice we integrate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques. We also provide suicide- risk assessments and other psychological assessments.
Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, ADHD, Parenting, Addictions, Stress Management and Personal Growth
Counselling will aim to provide you a safe place to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships and a way to find support in areas that are causing hardships in your life. Counselling will help you understand and bring awareness to your concerns while helping you develop positive coping mechanisms that will further allow you to live the life you want.
Unfortunately there is no clear answer for this question as time is dependent factors such as: how long have you had the concerns, the type of issue it is, and your history. Thus, sometimes it just takes one session while other times over 10 sessions.
Generally, one specific concern can be worked on in 6-12 sessions, also dependant on the above factors. Complex issues and life long behavior and thought patterns can take longer depending on how long one may need.
I charge $120 per 50 minutes for individual counselling and $80 per person for 50 minutes for family counselling (GST included). Sliding scales and student rates are available that can be discussed in your initial consultation call. I provide 20 minutes of free initial consultations as well (Fees are based on the scale recommended by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors).
Fee payment is your responsibility. Your Health and Insurance plan may provide reimbursement as well, for which receipts can be provided. Payment by cash, debit or credit card is acceptable.
A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel or change an appointment. If you cancel within 24 hours unless it’s an emergency, you will be billed for the session.
The content of our session and the notes I keep on file are confidential. Information will only be released after your written authorization. However, legally I am required to break confidentiality (under section 13 of the Child and Family Services Act) if:
1. It is a concern of harm to yourself or others
2. You report information that a child under the age of 18 is being neglected or abused
3. Your clinical file is subpoenaed by court order
4. When sessions need to be discussed with my clinical supervisor. I would not use your contact information or information that reveals your identity.
There may also be times that I disclose information for professional consultation, in which case your identity will remain completely confidential. Please feel free to ask me any questions about confidentiality at anytime throughout our sessions.
For the first session, we will review consent, confidentiality, and begin to complete an intake and assessment form where we will discuss therapeutic goals and presenting problems.
Call me: 604.616.8741 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check your extended health plan for the following:
o What is the maximum amount for which you can be reimbursed in a given year?
o Does the plan cover 100% of the cost?
o When does the year change (most plans start a new year on January 1st. However, some may start at different times in the year).
o Does the plan require that your provider be a Registered Psychologist or a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)? Registered Psychologists have a Doctorate degree and RCC’s have a Master’s degree.
If you have additional questions about me, my approach or, anything that is not listed here, please feel free to talk to me about it.