The LRCA Volunteer Counselling Program offers individuals the opportunity to engage in a process to develop the skills necessary to face life’s challenges, and to support individuals in their goal of healthy mental health.
The health of any individual is dependent upon a healthy self worth and connections to others.
This is a free program designed for those who cannot afford to pay for private counselling or do not qualify for (or have) extended health services. All counselling services are provided by trained volunteers under the supervision of our Program Coordinator, John R. Parker, who is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology.
Referral to the program can be made through family doctors, mental health specialists and/or self referrals. Simply contact the Ladysmith Resources Centre at 250-245-3079 to schedule an assessment. This assessment is valuable to ensure the best match with a volunteer counsellor.
Services can be from 1 session to 12 sessions depending on the presenting issues. Referrals may include:
- Mild mood and anxiety disorders
- Life transitions (e.g. employment, moving)
- Grief and loss,
- Divorce and separation
- Relationship issues
All Volunteer Counsellors receive extensive training and continuous supervision. Our volunteers complete both Level I and Level II Introduction to Counselling at Vancouver Island University or equivalent. We also provide in-house training to ensure that we practice with a full professional standard of ethics and boundaries, confidentiality and privacy.
Volunteer Counsellors are always needed so that we may expand this much needed program. If you think you might like to become a Volunteer Counsellor or you might benefit from our services, please call 250-245-3079 and ask for the Volunteer Counselling Program.